Top app development companies interview: Dotsquares

Published on May 23, 2018 in App Development
Top app development companies interview: Dotsquares

Today, we reached out to Dotsquares. Bankim Chandra is the CEO of Dotsquares, a web, mobile app and games development company located in Brighton, UK, with over 16 years of international experience, providing flexible and scalable solutions. With more than 650 technical staff, spread across multiple technologies, they design, build and maintain a wide range of web and app systems.

Whether it is a website or app project, hosting or a Digital Marketing campaign, Dotsquares tailors to your individual company requirements. Through the use of their online project management system and a priority given to good communications, they have a very high project success rate. Their agile development methodology ensures a transparent approach to the project with our customers updated on a daily basis.

Software development is not only highly technical, but also managerial. Dotsquare’s team members at their three development centres are fully accredited, and each have a minimum of five years commercial experience working with international clients. The company ensures that the development teams hold all the necessary accreditation and that the project managers are Project Management Institute (PMI) certified. To develop software it requires time and skilled manpower.

Dotsquares has state-of-the-art infrastructure to make sure that any external factors do not influence the work of the team members, and that the clients get the best possible business model.

Bankim Chandra was one of the founders of Dotsquares back in 2002. He moved from India to the UK in 1996 and has a vast experience as a programmer.

Let’s find out what Bankim had to say about Dotsquares and the mobile world.

What does your mobile app development company do? Give a general explanation of what your company does and what makes it different from other companies.

Dotsquares offers a range of services under one roof, including web app, mobile app and games development, as well as hosting and digital marketing. As all the development is offshore we have the flexibility of providing high quality development at competitive prices. From start to finish we support and partner with a range of companies to fulfil their needs.

What clients have you worked for?

We work with a range of clients from large corporates to SME’s, bluechip’s and startups. Some of the clients we have worked with in the past and present include ShieldPay, Ocean Holidays, Microsoft, Kenwood, Bose, Travel Soon, Beat the Brochure, Ericsson, NHS etc.

If you had to choose one category, what kind of app do you think is your mobile app development company’s specialty? Give us some examples.

We’d say that business employee management is our forte. Coming from a business that’s grown from 2 employees since its inception back in 2002, we now have over 650+ worldwide. Due to this. we are able to share our resources to larger companies that need a stronger infrastructure to manage their employees. In terms of CRM’s we have made several apps that allow our clients to use their database on the go such as Pocket CRM.

What is the average budget of the mobile apps you develop?

Our mobile app development can vary depending on the requirements of the client, they start from around £3000 and increase according to what is needed.

Do you develop all mobile apps in-house or do you outsource some parts of the process? Tell us the Pros and Cons

All of our app development is done in-house meaning no third-party is involved, however all of our development and design is based offshore in Jaipur India, where we have 3 large development centres. The pros of doing all the development under one roof is that we can be in complete control of the project from start to finish. However the downside to the development being offshore is that there can be a communication gaps, which can delay the process.

Which would you say are the best mobile apps that your company has developed and why? The ones you feel are your best work or have a bigger influence on the users.

Health apps have been some of the best apps we have developed, as some of them may eventually save lives. For example, we created an app call Stroke Riskometer, which allows users to assess the chances of a stroke. If the user wants to take action and reduce some of the contributing factors, they can then re-analyse and know they are at a lesser risk.

Do you prefer to build mobile apps with native, hybrid or web languages? Why?

There is no preference, as it all depends on the client’s needs. If there are no budget constraints, then we can suggest what’s more suitable for the clients requirements. We believe, however, that if the client is looking for a more long-term solution, then native apps are usually best.

Let’s focus on iOS and Android mobile app development. Which are the Pros and Cons of each platform?

Android Pros

  • Deep market penetration
  • Easier to publish on Google Play
  • Built-in beta testing

Android Cons

  • Too many devices

iOS Pros

  • Audience more valuable
  • Strong market share in United States
  • Advanced tools

iOS Cons

  • Harder to publish on Apple Store
  • Smaller base

Which one will evolve more within the next 5 years?

Historically, we believe it will be Android. There are more and more Android devices being released in the market every year, and some have been just as good, if not better than some of the iPhone models.

Which device is the best in the market right now? The one you feel is a must have and why.

As it stands, the iPhone X is currently the best device in the market to date, due to its speed, functionality, and its integration with facial recognition.

And which device do you feel more comfortable developing an app for? Why?

As a tech savvy company, we like to explore as many different possibilities as possible. As far as the device choice is concerned, we think it depends on the OS on which we are programming. Most of the key elements like rendering UI and functional methods are OS specific and apply to the complete range of devices working on that OS.

The benefits of developing on iOS is that there are clear guidelines, specific tools, and lack of device fragmentation, which makes it more favourable in our opinion. Also, the handling of the UI is more manageable, along with memory optimization on iOS apps. At the other end of the spectrum, Android has created device and OS fragmentation (24,000 distinct Android devices from more than 1,200 manufacturers) which greatly complicates development and testing.

Right now, Android and iOS are two main platforms in the market, and whilst we feel more comfortable with iOS app development, we still have a vast experience in developing Android apps as well. It just all comes down to the complexity of our clients requirements.

Why is AppFutura useful to you?

The internet is an ocean of information and whilst we are present on many directories, there are very few that can help you attain the right customer base. AppFutura is one of the best platforms in the market that can really help build our brand awareness.

You have already provided some valuable assets to helped us enhance our service as a software development company. Becoming listed on your directory and allowing us to place your widget on our website, has helps us drive the right sort of traffic we are looking for, thus providing us optimal visibility in such a competitive industry.

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