How Much Does It Cost To Develop A Mobile Application ?
App Development Is Costly: What Makes It Costlier?
Well, this is not something which uncommon. App development is a lengthy and costly process. But, the question is what is that which makes app development a costly process? Also, is there is any way to reduce the cost and yet get done with the development? All these questions pop up your head when you are thinking to get an app developed for yourself or your business probably. If you are looking for any ballpark estimation for the app, then you cannot get it in this manner. There are several factors to be considered and decisions to be made before even initiating with the wireframing of the app.
Mobile app development is changing the way people do business. They are like the base for the number of businesses these days. The number of app downloads of the previous year reached 250 billion which is expected to cross 350 billion by the end of 2021. If you are intending to gain revenue from this channel, targeting the mobile audience is all you need to do. An average person uses mobile apps for around 2 to 3 hours in a day. Your business can be a part of this time if you get an app developed. But, again cost can be an obstacle. Let’s figure out what are the factors making apps this costly.
What Makes App Development Costly
1) Mobile App Development Company You Hire
Well, this is one of the core factors affecting the overall cost of your project. If you are determined to hire an experienced company, they are going to charge more. On a contrary, a startup company can be cost-effective. Well, it’s totally your call whether you want to risk with the startup to save some bucks or opt for the best ones with some more bucks. Well, you can hire freelance developer which would cost you the least. But, the work would not be as sound and trustworthy as that of an established company.
2) Pick The Platform
For any mobile device, its operating system is the backbone. While you are on the verge of developing an app and finding the cost estimation for the same, you need to pick the best platform where the success rate is maximum. As the success of your app highly depends on the operating system you choose, here is the list of some of the popular OS to choose from.
Well, the above two are the most popular and prominent one. Looking to the number of apps in the Google Play Store being 3.6 million and that of Apple app store being 2.2 million, the probability of high success is when you deploy an app on either of these platforms or even both of these platforms.
One of the factors again to be considered in determining the cost is the versions of the app. At present, the app developed runs on multiple versions. The iOS app runs on version 9, 10, and 11 and coming to Android it runs on Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat, and Oreo.
3) Go Native or Hop on To Hybrid
This is one of the crucial factors in deciding the cost of the app development project. Native is definitely the best when it comes to performance and no other platform can compete. Also, plenty of features can be integrated into the native app with better UX standards. But, the fall is that one app will run only on one single platform. In case of hybrid platform, one app can run on multiple platforms and also takes less time and effort. Hence, it is also cost-effective. Two platforms can be covered in the cost of the single app.
4) Number And Complexity of Features
Its pretty simple, if you select just the MVP for the app, the cost would be low. But, if your app consists of a bucket of features to be integrated, the cost will jump high. The cost is also fluctuated by the complexity of the features, simple features will cost you nominal while the complex one would be charged high. The features should be selected on the basis of the target audience, the category of the app, and also the client needs. Be double sure while feeding the number of features because even a minor change will affect the overall costing of the app.
5) Maintenance and Updates
Well, find a company which avails free post app launch support. Yes, of course, your app will need some or the other updates, changes, and bug fixing once the app goes live. If not discussed earlier, this changes can also cost you a fortune. So, to keep your cost down find a mobile app development company that gives free support.
6) App Security
It’s the user’s data that are shared with your app. You can’t in any circumstances let the confidential data of the users get public. Making the app highly secure and safe from the hacking and Cyber attacks can also hype the overall costing.
I am Pratik Kanada, founder & CEO of 360 Degree Technosoft, which makes app ideas into reality by providing unique design and development services across iOS and Android platforms. I generally write blogs on mobile technology, app development and app marketing.