An app, which is short for "application," is a type of software that can be installed and run on a computer, tablet, smartphone or other electronic devices. An app most frequently refers to a mobile application or a piece of software that is installed and used on a computer. For example, WhatsApp is a messaging app., PhonePe is a payment app, COD is a gaming app.
An app developer is a computer software engineer whose primary responsibilities include creating, testing, and programming apps for computers, mobile phones, and tablets. Major app platforms include Google’s Play store, and the Apple iStore, and major app developers are developing apps for these 2 platforms.
In agencies, app developers first understand the needs of the customer and once the idea gets clear, they work in teams. App developers are experts in multiple coding languages like python, Ruby, PHP etc.
The job of an freelance app developer can range from designing and prototyping an app to coding it from scratch, and often the things an app developer can do for you are dependent on the requirements of the client. But the major things an app developer does are listed as follows -
Design and Prototype - An app developer can help you create the prototype and the design that’s needed to help you
Development of your app - A freelance app Developer can help you set up a store from scratch which involves setting up the domain, hosting, the content of the app, and making the app functional and open to the public.
Scale your App - Incase there’s an already existing app, an app developer can help you modify the app to handle more users, and higher traffic. In such cases the app developer will change the architecture of the app.
Quality Testing - Post development of apps, they are subject to rigorous testing under different scenarios that allow them to check for vulnerabilities, and bugs that can be fixed before release.
Debug and Fix errors - Running online stores involves working with various apps, and technologies, and with time there can be occasional bugs that can be fixed by an expert.
Google hosts millions of apps on the Playstore, therefore knows that there’s an immense demand for developers who can help businesses, and individuals develop mobile applications for them, and therefore Google has its own set of certifications that a developer can clear, and thus be certified by Google.
Let’s note that not one should not consider the mere existence of a certificate as the prime trait of a developer’s expertise, and always check for their work portfolio.
An Android app cannot work on Apple devices, because of the fundamental differences in the operating system. Therefore there are 2 major categories of app developers namely - Android, and iOS. However with the emergence of Flutter, developers can create hybrid apps that run on Android, and iOS.
Android Developers - An android app developer is a software engineer who can develop apps for the Android Operating systems.
iOS developers - An iOS app developer is an engineer who can write and develop apps that can operate on the Apple store.
The cost of hiring an expert app developer will depend on -
Scope of work - Are you developing just an Android app, or are it going to be apps for both Android and iOS? Make no mistake, the costs of developing the apps will be different. Although the costs in design, and UX can be saved to some extent if the apps will have similar design for both the platforms.
Chosen App Platform - What platform do you want to build for? Android, iOS or Cross platform? Ideally, iOS apps cost more than the typical android apps in terms of development, and the cost of maintenance.
App Complexity - An app that calculates BMI will be much simpler and easier to build as compared to a food-delivery app. Therefore the higher the complexity of the app, the more would be the resources required, hence the higher the cost.
Experience of the Freelancer - A person who has a fair amount of experience in developing apps, app architectures, and overseeing multiple projects is more likely to charge higher than a college kid who has developed just a few apps as college projects.
Location of the app developer(s) - An American developer will charge more than an app developer in Mumbai. Thanks to the remote work culture especially in the technical world, one can save costs by outsourcing it to developing countries like India, Pakistan, etc
Time taken - The costs of an app will depend on the resources consumed, and the time taken in executing it. For instance - An app that calculates BMI(Body mass index) will cost much less than an app that’s designed to track the attendance of the students of a college. The time took also depends on the scope of the work, and the number of people involved in execution.
Fixed Costs - There are multiple costs associated with app development such as hosting, costs of using APIs, or other related costs that are to be borne by the developer. Hence one should account into the costs of development.
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Can you design an app that fits my budget?
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How much time will it take to complete the app development process?
What are the things needed from my end to start the project?
Will the app follow the best practices for production?
Is the app going to be optimized for search on Play Store, and the Apple store?
How do you go about incorporating changes in the design?
What hosting services will you use?
Will you train me or my team to maintain and run the app?
Will you provide maintenance, and support after the app is deployed?
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