Will Ben Sims
12 mins read
Will Ben Sims
12 mins read
The vast majority of people worldwide now access all kinds of internet-based services through smartphone apps, and the OS platform and device ecosystem most people use is Android. Naturally, Android app development is a significant way to empower digital strategies for companies and organizations across niches.
According to the Statista report, the worldwide mobile app earnings will cross $935 billion within a year. On the other hand, most apps just struggle to do enough business for survival. This is why hiring top-notch Android app developers have become almost imperative if you want your next Android app to be successful. But hiring the best Android development team has become more challenging than finding a unique app idea.
Getting onboard the best experts for your Android app project is highly resource-consuming, and several key factors continuously influence the cost of hiring the best experts. If you do not have a solid understanding and command of these factors, your Android app project can as well be a failure.
This blog post will explain the cost of hiring Android app developers and various related factors. Let’s start.
Once you have figured out the app idea in detail and know what you are going to deliver through the app project, you have to decide the development timeline and, accordingly, all the phases and their respective features. You need to mention the time required for each phase of development to complete.
Depending upon the features, complexity, and UI/UX elements, an Android app project may require weeks or months to complete, and you need to break down this timeline into phases and their respective time limits. That is how you can know how many development hours you need for every subsequent stage and the total project to conclude.
The next factor is the expertise and experience of the Android app developers. The need for knowledge and experience depends on the project execution challenges, complexity, features, and value additions. You will likely require higher expertise, skills, and project exposure if they build an app from scratch.
If the app project uses modular drag and drops tools for the UI and key features, you can get away with a team of intermediate-level developers. With more server-side scripting and experience with API configuration and plugins, they require further expertise and experience of the developers to become non-negotiable.
Measuring the complexities and challenges of the Android app project is crucial for its success. If the app requires complex API configuration and integration, it may require more skilled resources and a longer time to complete. In such cases, the development cost will go up.
Another important aspect of determining is the scope of future evolution for the app project. Since every app after launch remains open to become outdated without continuous value additions and adherence to the latest trends, you need to ensure accommodating new features and value changes for the app to grow in the future. This future planning of value additions through subsequent updates requires separate cost planning.
Another key factor for figuring out the cost is the location of the developers. Since remote hiring and outsourcing are widespread for higher exposure to the global talent market and competitive development costs, many Android app projects prefer this instead of hiring an in-house team.
Now, apart from making the best competitive bargain by communicating with many development companies, you can also target some regions and countries traditionally reputed for their low-cost and high-quality IT services, such as India, East Europe, the Philippines, Vietnam, China, and several others.
Since the developer location is considered to be a key factor for reducing development cost, it is always advisable to have a ready-reckoner sort of cost breakdown across regions. Here we provide this.
One major consideration that needs to be discussed separately is the hiring and engagement model for the Android app development team. You can choose to hire freelance developers, remote developers, third-party developers, and vendors. From a cost and other perspectives, every option has its own set of pros and cons.
In comparison to the above two options, hiring an in-house team of developers often seems to be a safe bet as you can exercise higher control, monitor productivity more closely, and exercise the best qualitative measures. You need years of experience, technical knowledge, and project exposure, even hiring an in-house team of expert Android developers. On top of all these, you must establish and maintain your development lab and infrastructure for the app project. You need to spend money continuously to keep a team of app developers.
So, in-house hiring is expensive, especially if a business belongs to a non-technical niche and knows less about critical app development requirements and skills. So, outsourcing or remote hiring can be highly beneficial and a balanced choice from both the cost and quality parameters.
When the typical developer qualities and skills you have come to know about and you have decided on the hiring options, you need to have a clear idea of where to find the right developer teams. Several credible and highly industry-acclaimed platforms allow you to easily access the best developer talents for your app projects. They range from B2B rating sites for tech companies to developer platforms to dedicated platforms for hiring skilled freelancers.
Clutch is a widely well-known B2B ranking website for tech companies. This is where freelance developers and businesses can make their developer profiles visible, adorned with details of their expertise and coding examples. Clutch creates an industry-validated bridge between the developers ready to be hired and the companies needing the developers with the respective skills. Customer reviews and ratings help you get a clear idea.
Upwork is a platform for hiring freelance developers. It is a platform where you can access both new and intermediate-level developers and experienced and expert developers with different skills.
Toptal is a popular job board and a freelance hiring platform across diverse skill sets. The service, by actively filtering spam bots, ensures easier detection of top developer talents across ever niche.
Much similar to Clutch, GoodFirms is another reputed B2B ranking and review website where you can find the best development companies and teams with different skills. It mainly focuses on tech company reviews, ratings, and job listings.
The cost of every app project is different since every app differs in regard to features, complexity, size, and technical requirements. But with the above guidelines in mind, you can at least enjoy better control and planning of the cost of hiring app developers without really compromising on quality, skills, and experience.
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