Should I Outsource App Development to India

Outsourcing software development to offshore destinations with a lower level of living cost is usually considered as a good option for hiring a development team for a reasonable price. Both small and medium companies hire specialists from India – their services are relatively cheap (in particular, if comparing with developers’ rates from Western Europe and the US). But, as practice shows, such a decision more often than not entails a number of problems. In this article, we will describe the ten most frequent of them.

Outsource Mobile App Development India: Cons

So, we present to your attention a brief overview of the 10 problems that many of customers that decided to hire a team of developers from India encounter.

1. Linguistic barriers

Hindus generally consider it impolite to deny someone. Therefore, if you set an unbearable task for Indian developers, you are unlikely to get a real assessment of the situation and refusal to resolve it. Moreover, despite English being the second state language, some Indians do not use it very often and most of them have difficulties with comprehending accents. This will require an extra effort to come to the mutual understanding.

2. Problems with traditional electronic payments

When making a decision to outsource to India, you should be aware that currently there’s only one type of electronic payment system which uses mobile phones as purses. Thus, residents of Europe and the United States who decide to outsource app development to this country will need to delve into the nuances of this payment system in order to pay for the services of employees.

3. Time difference

The time difference between US and India is plus 10-14 hours (depending on the state). And as long as fruitful communication is crucial while working on app development, you have to take this factor into consideration and set up a schedule which will provide you a suitable time overlap with your developers in India.

4. Organisational issues

Hindus, for the most part, are inclined to perceive information verbally. That is why you have to keep in mind that in some cases you will have to go through the project details several times, simply because they could have got lost in the process of verbal communication.


In view of the low cost of their services the Hindus sometimes work on several projects at once. Hence, you have to take into account the potential unscrupulousness such multitasking can lead to.

6. Lack of creativity in design

When a customer is in need of a creative approach, outsourcing app development to India may not be the best solution. This is because in most of the cases Indian developers use the template of some well-known site or application, making minimal changes to it. So in order not to get disappointed with the result, you better discuss all the design related tasks in the very beginning.

7. Copy-pasting

In the previous paragraph, we mentioned the general inclination of Indian developers to copy something previously created. In this regard, it is also important to mention that sometimes such copying can be noticed even by end users.

8.Exceptionally direct adherence to the customer’s instructions

This may not seem a problem, but if you are not an expert in programming, it will be very difficult for you to relay the essence of the project to the team of Indian developers. In addition, they are unlikely to offer you ways to improve the product from a professional point of view.

9. Fuzzy understanding of deadlines

Another problem of outsourcing to India may hide behind the lack of developers’ organizational skills. This means that you have to be attentive when planning a deadline and keep the development process under the thorough control in order to get a ready product in time.

10. High risk of bumping into non-professionals

In India, you may encounter some people who consider themselves as programmers having finished only a short-term coding course. That is why it is important to make sure whether a potential candidate has all the skills you need for your project.

After having analysed all of the potential problems outsourcing to India may bring, one can decide that Indian programmers are the worst. However, a notable advantage of outsourcing app development to India is a low labor cost of its engineers. The price of an in-house engineer who will work on your app in Western Europe or the USA will significantly differ from the Indian app developer cost.

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