How Much Does it Cost to Develop an App?

It a very common question! It actually depends on what kind of car you’re buying or house you’re building. There are many different kinds of apps you can develop such as related to food, lifestyle, sports, games, social networking, shopping, education, travel etc.

The only purpose behind making an app is to get revenue out of it or you can say it should be popular across the globe. And you want all of this in your budget correct? It’s not as expensive as you think and it’s really not hard to start. Many apps these days need to talk to a web server via an API, which requires a fair amount of extra development and therefore cost.

To create great apps, an efficient mobile app development process requires a number of efforts, a strong foundation, excellent planning, an extraordinary ecosystem, and a perfect team with skilled human resource. The cost of apps varies due to a number of factors. It also largely depends on the type of the app which needs to be developed.

Depending on which platform you choose, the price of its development will vary. Two major platforms which are popular in the market are iOS & Android. Each platform is different and will have different sets of integration.

Basic apps do not cost much, but they may not bring you as much revenue either. More complex apps cost you much more, but also have the potential to grant your more returns of investment.

mobile-app-development-costsNow Native or Hybrid?
Native apps are those apps which are designed for a particular platform and can be installed through app store while hybrid apps are not designed for a particular platform.

It is said that native mobile apps are relatively faster but costlier to create than the hybrid apps, and thus both types of apps can hugely affect the total cost of developing an app.

Now coming to the design of application, you will need an impressive design and that will include aspects such as an app icon, splash screen, tab icons and many other design features. But a great design comes at a cost and you need to be prepared to pay a lot for a beautifully looking app.

Finally, the development costs for a simple app to be in a region of $3000 – $8000. A more complex app can cost anything between $8000 – $20,000. Ultimately, it all depends on what your app is doing, what volumes of data it is sending, what 3rd party services you are using.

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Posted by Anuj Pathak

Anuj Pathak is a software enablement solution expert, a seasoned veteran in the field of sales, business development, and web & mobile apps development. His management skills and leadership continue to deliver results for organizations looking to expand their reach and revenues by providing services around user experience, and software development for all mobile platform and internet technologies.