Web And App Development

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Mobile App?

In recent times, as one would argue – how much does it cost to build a mobile app – is the number one question on the charts of most frequently asked questions. The market of digital medium of mobile applications is speedily growing and more and more people are researching on making a cost-effective app. Besides, a lot of people also wonder what the expense of developing an app depends upon. You may be interested in an iOS or an Android app, designed to showcase the domain of games, communication, business, lifestyle, food or sports.

Whether you are a well-established or recently founded company, experienced or ambitious, local or foreign, large or small, high-priced or cheap; you will have several parameters to consider. Prices of mobile app development can vary. A basic application will cost around $25,000. Medium complexity apps will cost between $40,000 and $70,000. The cost of complex apps usually goes beyond $70,000. Quite a significant gap, isn’t it? Here we will try to identify the main drivers of mobile app development.

Here are a few of the main factors that affect the cost:

  • who builds your app?
  • how your app gets built?
  • what you need your app to do?

In general, the first part to understand is that Apple iOS is a better choice to reach a more engaged user base. Android has a broader reach, however, particularly in emerging markets, like Asia and Africa. The ideas that proclaim, ‘high price equals to good quality’ or ‘young companies are not experienced enough to deliver high-quality product’, are common misunderstandings. You must keep in mind that your first preference is looking at the cost of building an app from the standpoint of hourly fees worldwide.

  • North America (US and Canada). This region is the most expensive one. Android / iOS development charge from $20 to $250 per hour.
  • Australian hackers develop mobile apps at a rate of $35-150 per hour. 
  • South American regional Mobile app development service rates are from $25 to $120. 
  • UK developers tend to charge from $35 to $175 an hour. 
  • Eastern European developers’ rates start from $20 up to $110 per hour. 
  • Developers in India are quite satisfied to get $10-75, while in Indonesia the highest cost of app development is $20 an hour.

It has been observed for a fact that for the purpose of having a higher level of expertise at reasonable costs, foreign developers can perform a lot better compared to local ones. In case you doubt if you can find a trustworthy development team outside your local area, be sure you will. The matter of finding a suitable international team is even easier there’s a great choice. Much greater than in your local area. However, it is interesting to note that the largest cost driver according to the Clutch survey towards mobile app development is not the features of the app but the infrastructure, which includes:

  • Basic controls
  • Data storage
  • 3rd party integration
  • Access to enterprise data
  • Data encryption
  • Scalability

Another factor to betaken into account is to be clear on whether our business requirement demands a simple or a complex app. This is because complex apps are more expensive to build. Not only is the development more complicated, but there are other factors that come into play as well.

In addition to coding, you’ve got to consider:

  • design costs
  • back end development (which is necessary for certain apps)
  • security
  • architecture
  • testing

The design for a social media or gaming app is going to be much more expensive than the design elements of a calculator or flashlight app.

Several mobile app and platform companies are now offering calculators that let you specify the features you need and see a ballpark estimate of how much your app will cost. 

By Sandeep Chauhan

Sandeep Chauhan is a Software Developer at plancoders. He loves to build beautiful Mobile Apps, and Websites.

In the past, he has worked in companies like OpenText, Intel, CenturyLink, and Walmart Labs.

He is the founding CTO of Dealsite (prev WorkingGroupLink), GoPetie, and HRaspirin. Sandeep created the first version of (prev Docademic), and helped develop ScaleLab product.

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