Recent years have seen a shift in trends, the role of mobile apps has grown significantly. In 2014, there were 189.5 million mobile users in Western Europe, and now more than 250 million people use smartphones every day according to Statista. And the number keeps on increasing with each passing day
Building Business Apps has thus become a powerful source of revenue. The cost of App development varies widely on the place client and complexity of an App.
So What I the good news here? Any bells ringing?
Well, you can develop a quality app without breaking the money bank.
If you need to make an advanced app like tinder be ready to pen big dollars!
Clutch has conducted a yearly survey on-“ how much does it cost to develop an app” and found out that a simple app costs around $38K to develop in the U.S.! But the costs come down moving to the east. With readers is a Stark contrast! It’s common knowledge that IT services are 10 times cheaper in India.
So let’s hop over the core factors influencing the final costs required to develop an app.
Types of apps
Today for every service there is an app.You can find a variety of Applications. The app categories are much broader than those presented in Google Play or Apple Store – healthcare, food, study, sports, etc.
Speaking in terms of app development, you should distinguish:
- Native Apps
- Hybrid Apps
- Web Apps
|Costs||Higher than web or hybrid especially when developed for several platforms||Low costs but demand high expertise of developers for hybrid tools||The cheapest option ensuring the stable work for all mobile platforms|
|Performance||Native apps work flawlessly thanks to the complete access to a device functionality and content stored in device internal storage||Hybrid apps function similar to native with a core difference – data should be loaded from a server||Performance is highly dependable on the Internet connection and browser|
|Distribution||There are a couple of benefits such as rankings, but at the same time there are restrictions and requirements that you must follow||There aren’t any special requirements as well as benefits|
|Monetization||Such apps allow in-app purchases, ads as well as the purchase of an app itself. But the app markets take a fee (around 30%) for each purchase, and you have to pay before app deploying.||You can monetize your web app via subscriptions or ads|
|Device Features||There are no restrictions regarding features due to the access to APIs of a device||Hybrid apps can use only low-level features such as accelerometer or gyroscope||Only a couple of device’s APIs (geolocation) can be used by the app|
|UI||Highly familiar with the UI peculiar to native operating system||Such apps can’t provide a fully native experience because of the cross platform device|
|Code||You can’t use the code for other platforms||Hybrid code can be imported to major platforms||Browser and performance is only a case|
|Update||The costs for app maintenance are much higher as you should update the app for each platform separately||Updating and maintaining the app is a walk in the park as far as there is one code base.|
App Development Process
The app development is a process that unfolds in multiple stages, the four major blocks are – idea, development, design, and release.
Stage 1 – App Idea: The Brain Child of a Mater Mind!
Having an app idea is the very first stage of building up successful application. Get inspired by the plethora of apps available online.
Read the customers’ feedback to get the deep insights on what customers prefer, like and dislike in the similar apps. Just try to do a statistical analysis of the market.
Keep in mind, the more complicated your idea is to implement, the more it will cost. But a complex app has more chances to hit the gold mine. For example, gaming apps. Though you should invest more to develop a game, this app type goes viral more often.
Simple apps don’t usually bring huge profits but they are cheap and easy to develop. Fine tuning is a wise advice in the App development game.
Stage 2 – Development: Building Blocks
At this stage, you should know what your app will do and what problems it will solve. It’s not enough to outline the main functions, give the detailed description. If you fail to give detailed description-your developers wouldn’t be able to do justice to your ideas. You have all resorts to hire an app developer- hire a freelancer or offshore it to a company. Each of them has its own pros and cons, but it’s above our focus point in this article,
The main concern is the price when hiring a development team. But watch out for low rates since it usually implies a vulnerable code.
Stage 3 – Design: The face to the App
Generally, you need to hire a UI/UX designer to create a catchy layout for your brand. The user interface plays a vital role in your app because people always judge a book by its cover. The UI represents the look of your app. It is the fact that your users would see, so it better be pretty! Your app should be both visually attractive and easy to navigate. These are the main criteria to follow when producing the app design.
While coming up with the design, don’t forget about captivating icons, tab icons, and splash screens.
Stage 4 – Release: Infuse life into an Idea!
Hurray, you’re on the finish line. You’ve infused life into an Idea now it is your turn to flaunt it to the world. Hopefully, your app can ease the pains of the target audience. Now it’s high time to knuckle down and distribute your app.
Note, Android and iOS have different distribution policies. Android is lenient than Apple regarding estimation and release of new apps. Google Play allows direct, hassle-free download of a freshly-deployed app. It gets reviewed later You can start selling an app as soon as you upload it.
Apple. on the other hand, checks your app before adding to the App Store. There is no set time for reviewing for iOS apps, it may take around a week of waiting before you can see your application in the App Store.
Summing up, the iOS app development costs
App development costs don’t depend on time and hourly rates. There are multiple drivers to a financial surge. Bear in mind, some functionality involves the integration with the 3rd-party frames, libraries or services that in turn, doubles or triples the price. One more important thing to mention, decide on a number of screens whether your app will be compatible with iPad and iPhone. The more devices an app is going to run on, the more it will cost.
Typically costs depend on complexities. Any agency can estimate the cost of the app. To ease the process of estimation, the apps can be split into three main categories:
Simple apps – $1,000 – $5,000
The costs rarely exceed the mentioned range. All you need to do is – to provide a developer with content, clear functions, and the purpose of your app. IF you know how to make a sketch in Photoshop, the cost comes down. But note, if your app involves the integration of the 3rd-party APIs (GPS tracking, social media integration or push notification), the additional costs arise.
Native apps – $7,000-$55,000
Again the price remains within limits if you get the content, relevant information and facts. It includes the development of app logic and architecting the usability and gameplay if needed. It goes unsaid that your content will be uploaded and parsed. The main value is wireframes since the data is what drives the game and attracts users.
Games – $12,000 – to infinity
To estimate how much it costs to develop a game is a tough challenge.
FUN FACT: Did you know that Angry Birds ‘costs varied from $125K-$185K to build? But they pioneered the world of mobile games. Talking to developers, I’ve found out that this is the price for a game source code. Say, to build a racing game that uses the gyroscope will be about $150K and that’s just for the code! Isn’t that crazy!
With each passing day, games become much more complicated and relatable. Gaming breaks the boundaries between virtual and real. Thus the more close the app is to the reality the more complex it is and more is the amount of money you spend.
Tasha Bronicka I’m a Blogger at IDAP Group. Writing is my passion, and it’s absolutely true. Nearly all day long I craft how-to guides full of must-use tips. When I’m not writing, I’m running. In case of any questions on app development, follow IDAP on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter.