Mobile apps are becoming increasingly common and very often they are the ultimate selling channel, ingenious automation solution, or they provide services for millions of users. How expensive is mobile app development?
|Basic||Few screens, static data, no backend, …||from 8,000 EUR|
|Advanced||Data processing, backend, payments, …||from 16,000 EUR|
|Super complex||Machine learning, augmented reality, complex data||from 24,000 EUR|
Price overview based on the app size
Providing a detailed budget for a mobile app in general is near to impossible. Without knowing specific requirements, no one can really tell. Development costs for a mobile app depend on many factors. Let’s go through them one by one.
The fundamental factor affecting the development costs is the app’s compatibility with various operation systems. In other words: Is the app designed for both iOS and Android, or just for one of these systems?
In all likelihood, your audience will include people using both Apple and Android devices. You want either group to be able to use your app. There are two scenarios:
With the technologies getting ever more sophisticated, it is now possible to develop your mobile app in the React Native framework just once and then use the source code for iOS and Android separately.
Pros: Highly cost-effective. The cross-platform code can be used for web apps as well.
This scenario implies two developer teams – one for each system – which affects the price accordingly.
Pros: Native development can do without relying on third-party technology packages. Suitable for complex or single-platform projects.
Pros: You can build your mobile app on any platform using just one code. This saves both time and money.
Let’s not forget tablets – in this case, either of the above-mentioned methods can be applied. However, the code must be adapted so that the app displays (and, more importantly, functions!) properly.
Different apps can do different things. Makes sense, right? That’s why some of them have considerably more features than others (sometimes without being apparent to the user). The number of functionalities an app should offer is hence the most prominent factor affecting its price.
This is the most elementary version. Just a few screens, static data directly in the app, no need to integrate third-party tools (such as Facebook) and the app doesn’t even use backend infrastructure. It’s just a neat, simple presentation… sorry, we mean to say APPLICATION. A realistic price of such a product is usually something like 8,000 EUR.
This type of app must already provide some advanced functionalities, such as working with data uploaded from the system (which requires web administration, i.e. backend infrastructure), connecting to social networks, accepting payments, running chats, GPS location and so on. A realistic price of such a product is usually around 16,000 EUR.
This is a real monster! On top of all of the above-mentioned features, a super-complex app utilises elements of machine learning and augmented reality, functions as a social network and processes more complex data, such as audio and video. Estimating price here is quite tricky. We prefer discussing it in person.
As obvious from what was said above, an app can have anywhere from 2 to 12 functionalities. For clarity’s sake, we divided them into several categories:
Your app is ready and published, but that’s not over! More often than not you’ll find you have to add other features so your users enjoy the app even more (and spend more time using it).
Needles to say, this decision is mostly yours to make. What you can’t avoid, though, are regular updates. Both iOS and Android keep improving their software along with launching new devices. So don’t forget about support and updates for your app that are provided by us according to the Service Agreement. Costs for our support and updates are paid monthly and the specific amount depends on the project price.
Design of your app is one of the factors that can significantly impact the final price. There are several options:
This is the cheapest solution. The design of your app is limited to one pre-set layout, taking away the possibility of building a unique brand image.
It goes without saying that we can prepare a unique design to make your app stand out. You can, of course, present your own idea as well, or consult with our experienced graphic designer who has experience with many projects of a similar nature.
The price for a custom-made design is calculated based on the number of app screens and begins at 50 EUR per screen. Please note that this is only a design concept. Highly complex graphics can mean a lot of extra work not only for the graphic designer, but also for coders.
The development process stages are organized into the so-called “sprints”. These periods usually take about two weeks during which we fully commit ourselves to your app and work hard on its code. The number of sprints varies depending on the complexity. Sometimes two are enough, but other times, tens of spurts are needed.
In each sprint, we (as much as you) know exactly which features are being built into your app. This lets us estimate the costs for the given sprint as accurately as possible.
We stick to the agile development method. If you wish to change, modify, or add anything during the coding process, we can discuss your requirements, implement the changes in the app and adjust the budget accordingly (this doesn’t necessarily mean an increase in price – you might also find you don’t need as many features, which means spending less).
You now have a rough idea of how expensive mobile app development can be. If you’d like a specific quote, please contact us. We’ll discuss what (not) to include in your app so you don’t overpay. And by the way – we do games, too!