How much does it Cost to Develop a Mobile App?
Developing a mobile app is much like constructing a ship – you’ll end up doing architecture, schematics, design, building, and launching. Well, you’re now wondering whether it is equally expensive to build a mobile app.
Cost is one of the first things that pops into our heads when we think of developing a mobile app. A combination of high quality and low cost is what we all want. But what exactly does it take and how much does it actually cost to develop a mobile app.
In this blog, we’ll understand how the price of a typical mobile app project is shaped.
Calculating App Development Cost
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a simple formula to calculate my app development cost?
Well, there is a formula but calling it simple would be inappropriate.
App Development Cost = [App Feature x Time to build] x Hourly Rate
The above-stated simple formula can be solved easily if and when the app features are decided and the number of hours required to complete each phase of the process is known. This is where it all becomes tricky. Apps differ by size, complexity, the platform built for, and various other factors. All these factors affect the time taken for designing and developing the app and hence the cost of developing the app.
App Development: A Brief Cost Breakdown
App development does not simply refer to application design and coding. To be honest, design and coding are just a small part of the process. There are other significant phases that your app idea should go through before it finally meets its users.
Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of the process –
Requirements analysis, often an ignored and underestimated service, forms the most important part of the mobile app development process. It is that phase of the development process that takes a small idea from an individual’s mind and turns it into a concept that the development team can visualize.
The key activities involved in this phase include –
- Identifying a business problem
- Recognizing and defining project value
- Defining and understanding the business scope
- Crafting a business solution
- Eliciting and managing requirements
- Working on improvements
These are vital steps without which further app development is ineffective and impossible.
Complexity and Design
Great app design is mandatory if you want to ensure that users invest their time in your app. When talking about App Design, we normally have two choices – Standard and Custom UI. Customized UI is more difficult to design and implement and hence, is more expensive than Standard UI.
The app design process includes steps like sketches, wireframing, UI mockups, illustrations, branding, and animation (mostly for gaming or social media apps). The design process can follow different paths where some steps can be skipped or interchanged.
Read our blog – Why Your Business Needs the Best UI/UX Design
Developing the app takes the most time. The cost is dependent on how complex the app is and how many developers are needed to build it, which again depends on the number of platforms. The cost and hours required to develop different app features for different platforms vary.
App testing is an indispensable part of the development process. It ensures that the app offers a good user experience while making sure that all features function as they are meant to. If you want your app to perform excellently and receive good user reviews, you need to have a budget for extensive QA.
Quality assurance fulfills the following goals
- Make sure that app meets all the specified requirements
- Ensures that app works correctly under all circumstances
- Minimizes issues with app quality
- Offers the latest information about the current state of the app
Both the App Store and Play Store have specific guidelines that the apps need to adhere to. If an app does fulfill a specific criterion, it may get rejected by the store. Hence, it is vital to measure your app against the guidelines checklist at every stage of the mobile application development process.
Technology is dynamic and if you want your app to stay abreast of all technological trends and updates, you need to update and maintain it. You need to allocate a budget for updates, bug fixes, and design changes so that your app never gets old or outdated.
So, how much do you need to invest to develop an app?
We hope that you now have a clear idea about app development cost and how it is calculated. If you have an idea, do contact us! After understanding your complete requirements and expectations, we will provide you with a precise estimate of how much it would cost to bring your idea to life.