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There’s no need to invent a tandem with outsourcing app development. So we’ll name general rules of thumb and then the best ways of avoiding mistakes.
Beware of trends but stay unique. Flat design, skeuomorphism and everything intuitive is alright, but shouldn’t you distinguish your app? Be inspired but stand out. Bring added value, bring something new to the community.
Security in mind.
With hackers active as never before, it is equal to Russian roulette not to invest in mobile app security measures. Customer information should be protected even more thoroughly than your own app, at times. This suggests authentication mechanisms and other options.
Know your users.
You can start by bringing them in at early stages, share your app idea. Collect feedback and start app outsourcing having this in mind.
Agreement and software documentation.
This is what you preferably have to get out of the person/team building your app. If you get only the app itself, later on, you or your employees will not have that minimum reference of how to run and maintain the app.
As not every agreement goes well, it’s better to cover your bases. The inadequate end product, ownership rights, data loss…there are plenty of risks. It should be possible and more or less transparent to reach the authorities of another country. Getting advice from a law firm in the country of your outsource app development is even better.
Keep leverage till the end.
Reserving a certain part of total payment until accepting the outcome is a highly positive practice, leaving you with the power to force a developer to fix possible post-release issues. The cost of your project can rise up drastically if anything goes wrong.