One of the first queries clients have is this: How much does the development of my app or website cost?
And it is one of the most difficult to answer as well. The price of an app depends on many factors, the features it includes, the design, animations, customization, the technology to be integrated (native, multiplatform, web, etc.)
It’s like asking a builder, how much is my house going to cost me? Then, without telling him, how many rooms do you want, if you want a garden, a pool, etc.?
A mobile or web application price can be from 3,000 Dollars to 100,000 Dollars and even more. In particular, there is no single price for the development of an application or website.
To make a budget for mobile applications on Android or iPhone, we must carry out a personalized study of the idea of each client. All apps/websites are different, so it is necessary to detail every one of the characteristics or functions that your project would carry. While some apps develop in 50 hours, others may need 500, some do not need much maintenance, and others need ongoing care.
Factors that affect the cost of an app
You must take into account all the factors on this list when calculating how much it costs to make an app:
- Features: the more complex your app is, the more expensive it will be to develop. For example, suppose you want to add a messaging system to your application, such as a real-time chat with multimedia content or registration that allows you to log in through email or social networks. In that case, it will surely end up being more expensive.
- Quality: an app with many details is an app that will need more work from the developers. It may be worth it if you wish your app to look good, but keep in mind that this will come at a price.
- Time: when do you need to have your application ready? Are you going to be flexible with the delivery date? If it is an urgent project that you need to have prepared by a specific date, the price may be higher.
- Launch Cost: if your application is not internal and aimed at the final consumer, you will have to make sure they find it. Uploading it on Google Play Store or App Store is not always enough! You will need a marketing strategy to give visibility to your app and run an ASO campaign. It, of course, has a cost that you must take into account.
- Maintenance Cost: even when your application finishes, you will still need some technical support. Remember that the world of mobile technology advances very fast and your application cannot remain outdated. For this reason, you will surely need to hire a maintenance service that will help you adapt your app to new devices, new screen sizes, new hardware. It will also take care of solving any failure that arises.
- Other Additional Costs: for example, the cost of uploading the application to download marketplaces. For the iOS App Store you will have to pay an annual fee while in the Play Store you will only need to make a single payment for each app you upload.
How much does it take to create an app according to the type of development?
When you start talking to a development team, they will present you with several options for designing your app. There are three types of development that you should know:
- Native Application. These apps are developed specifically for an operating system, such as iOS, Android, or Windows. They tend to perform well because they are custom-made. The downside is that you will have to prepare a development for each of them if you want your application to work on several operating systems. It will fatten your app budget.
- Multiplatform Application. In this case, the application can work on any operating system. The downside of these types of apps is that they have limited access to the hardware (such as the camera or the GPS) and are usually slower. As an advantage, since you only need a code, development is faster and less expensive.
- Web App. This last type of application also works on various devices because you can load it through an internet browser. Due to this it is not necessary to download it. In the same way that it happens with cross-platform apps, these applications may have limited access to the device’s hardware.
Each of the options mentioned above has its pros and cons and, of course, a very different development cost. Therefore, there is no correct option: you will have to choose the one that best suits your needs.
How much does it take to develop an app according to the operating system?
Another decision you will have to make when developing an app to improve your business is in which operating system you want to display.
Your app’s cost will differ depending on its Operating System, whether iOS, Android, or Windows Phone. It will also be very different if you decide that your application should be visible on multiple platforms. If you haven’t decided yet, don’t worry: it’s best to talk to an expert for advice.