Hi /biz/, I have found a trustworthy app designer in India who is designing some of my app ideas for me. I hope to make it big on Google Play. I was wondering whether anyone here has had any success/failures in the app game? Please tell.
OP ignore all the haters here, at least you're trying. Even tho this could fail you're getting experience instead of sitting behind your pc and doing nothing.
I have not had good experiences with freelance Indian code writers. I don't know what the problem is exactly but they think they're pros when in reality they are amateurs.
Not to say your app won't turn out well but if you don't understand the process behind what he's doing, you won't be able to really review his work and make sure it's good.
Anyway, good luck. Let us know how it goes.
Yes this is my personal experience so I can elaborate a bit. I've developed a couple of apps for Android play store and they all did horribly.
While I think the quality was good, I did not do any marketing and promotion. The result is that the apps will never appear in the searches on Google play because they don't have many downloads and not enough ratings. So really my point is, even if you DO get a decent binary from the Indian you will make no money. It's only half the work and $2000 is laughable for marketing.
So at least do some research and come up with a plan for ASO and getting noticed on the store where you intend to publish.
Don't be fooled by the Flappy Birds of this world, they are flukes. For the one successful Flappy Bird, there are 100000 horrible failures which don't get noticed.
I am an app developer myself. That said, the quality you'll get in India is, in most cases, horrible. It takes good money to get a good app.
Lesson I learned though is that you won't make money unless you can make it near the top 1-3%. Those flappybird apps, don't plan on getting lucky like that, its like the odds of winning a lottery. use analytical sites to see what the competition is doing in the same area as you. Also if there are other very similar apps, your only hope is to get better reviews while offering a cheaper pricetag.
This. OP is very late to the game. Right now, the android app market is super saturated. Having a big enough budget for advertising and promotion matters more than the quality and uniqueness of the app.
You fucked up lad.
Indians are awful programmers, and the goods ones always program "defensively" , meaning they will intentionally fuck up their code base so only they themselves understand it. It's a by product of the fact that many companies really abuse and treat them as 100% disposable.
If you want a good app for cheap go with commi bloc or ex-yugo countries. I've heard good things about Bulgarians and Russian programmers.