A company looking to have a mobile app developed must look to several software development companies to find one that can deliver a quality project within budget. Once the actual development process begins, the company must interface with developers to ensure that the final product is exactly what it needs to be. This can be easier said than done. Everything from poor communication to misunderstood expectations can make software development painful.

The key to trouble-free app development is making sure your expectations are known up front. But that requires knowing what you want well in advance so that you do not subject developers to constant changes along the way. The experts at iTexico, an Austin-based mobile app development company, say there are five things that should be non-negotiable for mobile apps. If customers and app developers can agree on these things, the process is a lot smoother.

1. Settling on Target Platforms

The two leading platforms for mobile app development are Android and iOS. There are a few other less popular platforms that should be accounted for as well. The point is that customers need to settle on their target platforms before development begins. If a customer wants development for only a single platform, that needs to be decided on and adhered to. Customers not sure of their target platforms are better off opting for cross-platform development.

2. Performance Trumps Analytics

There is a big emphasis on analytics in mobility. As the thinking goes, a company has to have robust analytics in place to determine whether a mobile app is succeeding in its intended purpose. However, the performance of an app always trumps analytics. All the analytics in the world will not do any good if customers find the performance of your app unacceptable. They are not interested in a slow, sluggish app that makes doing what they want to do laborious. Performance is the more important priority.

3. Simplicity Overrules Features

Another tendency among mobile app developers is to front-load apps with as many features as they can pack into the environment. This is not a wise idea, nor is it a smart way to approach mobile app development. We can look to the desktop paradigm for proof.

The average office suite includes dozens, if not hundreds, of features that users will never take a second look at. In fact, all those extra features constitute nothing but bloat. Customers do not want bloat; they want a mobile app that does what it’s supposed to do as simply as possible.

4. Developer and Customer Testing

There is no better way to evaluate the quality of a mobile app than using it yourself. So after all the benchmark and end user testing, developers should actually use the app themselves. This kind of testing is the best way to discover how good a developer’s work really is. Along those same lines, the customer should be using the app in test mode before it is released to the general public.

5. Including Off-Line Capabilities

A good mobile app continues to function with most of its main features even when the device is off-line. An app without sufficient off-line capabilities is one that risks incurring the wrath of users who may want to do work even when they have ‘no bars’.

These five non-negotiable items should all be worked out before mobile app development actually begins. That is not to say adjustments cannot be made along the way, but that customers and developers have to agree on what they are doing beforehand for the develop process to go smoothly.