Mobile App Development Costs: The Ultimate Guide
Mobile app development becomes simpler and easier due to the digital transformation. You can find numerous developments or even freelancer is available for developing a mobile app without making it a risk process for you.
However, most of us do not ask “how much does it cost to developing an app for your business?”
You have to know what are steps involved in development before you estimate the cost of app development.
While developing a mobile app it involves an accurate up-front design, development, QA testing for numerous devices, usability testing, a beta life cycle, and deployment in different ways. Finally, submit it to an App Store.
As we see the mobile app development is an elaborate process and it is important to know the exact cost of developing an app before the starting of the development process. An infinite number of reasons or factors affect the final estimate of the cost so, it may change dynamically according to your needs.
In this blog, we took everything into account by categorizing every factor to give you a detailed guide on the mobile application development cost.
Factors that add their share in the final cost
1. Platforms on which Your App should be in?
When you start your app development process, the first thing that comes in your mind will be on which platform your app should be. It is a most crucial factor for deciding the platform that your app will be.
Your mind may cross between single-platform or cross-platform on which your app must work on. Most people will be confused over Android, iOS or both?
Sometimes people might want the need for going to both of the platforms. However, you need to decide this based on the customer target and application types.
Based on the target environment, the platform and cost will change. You may like to have both iOS and the Android platform to cover more potential users. When you look at a simple app with basic functionality may need $1K. A complex app will cost around $100k on both platforms.
2. Type of App You Are going to Build?
The majority of the cost is determined by the factor of what type of app you are going to build.
Standalone Apps Cost
Some apps do not require high functionality or database or any additional support like network or location to work. They only have a 5 or 6 screen and there will be no backend also. This you can easily afford to build.
Examples: Calculator, Camera, Clock, SMS apps, Local audio & video players
Average cost of standalone mobile app development: ~$3000
Data-Driven Apps Cost
Apps that only access to particular data, and have any processes like authentication or data inputs.
Examples: Calendar, Stocks, any business operational data
Cost: $10,000 - $50,000
Social Media & Gaming App Cost
When you look in recent times some game apps require or uses AR support, 3D graphics, and even social media integration to make it profitable. This may make this type of app little more costly than other apps.
Examples: Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn,
App Cost: ~$20k to ~ $200k.
Authentication App Development Cost
Generally, these apps need features like syncing data across devices, push notifications, and perhaps collaborative features. This leads to an extra cost to the app based on the features you choose.
Examples: Google Drive. Services based app like Swiggy
App Cost: ~$30,000 to ~$100,000+
Most of the apps which fall into this category but it will be reserved for another type of app due to features or functionalities.
Ecommerce Mobile Apps Cost
Ecommerce apps which are some like both authentication and social network app, since it uses both of those features.
It needs to have an administration interface to add new inventory, APIs or SDKs, ways to store items in a cart, and related features to place an order. The cost of Ecommerce apps is added since the need for users to perform a payment transaction. Either use a package to build a gateway for payment or alternatively, you can integrate with payment gateways like Stripe, PayPal, etc.
The cost of ecommerce mobile app varies based on how complex functionalities are needed for the app, as well as the extensiveness of the product catalog, and required shipping logistics.
Examples: Amazon, Alibaba, Wallmart
Average cost of ecommerce app development: ~$2500 - $1,000,000
On-demand Mobile App Development Cost
Now app for doing a specific task has emerged. Their only goal is to meet or satisfy the needs of the consumers. This is where On-demand app are emerged which are used as a services. They are mostly used as a mediator between customer and provider.
Mostly on-demand app is considered to be built on both iOS and Android platforms. It is a little time-consuming process even needs more resources.
Examples: Uber, Netflix
Average cost of on-demand mobile app development: $50,000 - $1,500,000
Marketplace App Development Cost
It is an extended version of on-demand apps and Ecommerce apps. Actualy, on-demand apps specialized version as marketplace app.
For any organization, it has much harder to build each side of the market.
Examples: Amazon Mechanical Turk, Postmates
Cost: $200,000 - $1,500,000
The cost of the marketplace app mostly depends on the functional features, and the time which is required to develop the app successfully.
IoT & Hardware App Development Cost
This app needs an initial setup via Bluetooth or WiFi, so it lets you check your house/ office or place while on vacation or while in bed.
IoT apps often require reasonable interactions with firmware to control them.
Examples: Beacons, Amazon Dash Buttons, WeMo,
App Cost: starting at ~$50,000+
Hidden Costs of Developing an App
In mobile app development, there will three-phase which are development, deployment, and maintenance. However, we concentrate only on the development so, another phase cost will surprise us.
On estimating cost, some states that:
- Mobile app development only represents 35% of the total cost
- $5,000 to $11,000 per month is spent on maintenance alone.
- Over 50% of the original app development costs are needed for annual legacy.
Most traditional custom app solutions, most of these services need to be purchased and assembled separately. We can divide them into four categories:
- Functional services (SMS, Push Notifications, etc.)
- Administrative services (to make updates to your app, manage users, etc.)
- Infrastructure services (servers, CDN, etc.)
- IT support services (updates to your app, bug fixes, etc.)
1. Functional Services
Push notifications ($500)
All the app in recent times uses push notification features. It increases users’ engagement for your app. It encourages the user to take the desired action, like purchase. For using the push services, you need to have services like UrbanAirship or PushWoosh.
Social and chat ($1000)
You will want to use these services to encourage sharing and up voting your content through social media. If you want social interaction in your app, you will probably require a subscription to a service like one-to-one chat, group chat, and bot integration, provided by Applozic and SendBird.
It helps to promote your app over targeted users. To integrate SMS messaging into your mobile app, use a service like Twilio.
To integrate the email feature with your mobile app, you will need a service like Mailgun or Sendgrid.
2. Administrative Services
An app needs to manage the data in a well-form way. For that, it needs an intuitive, powerful, accessible and user-friendly administration dashboard.
These costs are the most difficult to expect as they will largely depend and differ based on each app. However, this is not the only way to develop and maintain an app. Consider the following essential dashboard features:
- Content management
- Dynamic updates
- Dashboard emulator
- Functional services management
- User profiles.
- Access controls
- Data segmentation
3. Infrastructure Services
These services include infrastructural components such as where the app is hosted, where data is stored and how the data is delivered. These also need redundancies and load balancers for backup and security servers, which add both the cost and complexities.
The app is hosted on servers. You can either own or outsource servers for hosting from like of Amazon, Google, and Azure.
Data storage ($2500)
Data is the most important asset of the app. It needs to be stored and maintained.
Delivers content based on user's location of the user.
Images Data ($3500)
Generally, the app needs more images to attract users. You will need to have a place to download, process and deliver images. These Services are provided by companies like CloudImage.io, Google and ImageX.
4. IT Support Services
It is a critical component of any app development, but these services are not an actual part of the app architecture. It accounts for a huge cost.
iOS and Android Updates ($10000)
Platforms are evolving constantly with new updates. So, it requires maintenance.
App update submissions ($2500)
Sometimes you need a re-submission even though you have a dynamic updating process.
Apps have many third-party APIs and they interact with others. You need to maintain them all for making changes.
Most have bugs but they go undiscovered for months or even years. Sometimes user communities address them.
Hence the cost of developing an app depends what features, which platforms, and development hours it will take to complete the app with the right design. It also includes maintenance and service cost. If you have any confusion about how much it costs to make an app, feel free to contact our experts.
Whether you’re looking to create a mobile app to improve your business internally, or to provide services for users or to increase your revenue, MAB Technologies makes an app that is scalable and benefits your business, both immediately and in the long run.