Mobile App Development Pricing/ Costing: A Detailed Guide on How Much You Should Spend in 2020 — Aalpha

Let’s Summarize, App Development Cost is Influenced by:

  • Type of App — Native, Hybrid, Mobile Game, Social Networking, etc.
  • Platform — Android, Windows, or/and iOS.
  • Features
  • Design — Basic, Individual, or Custom
  • Number of Pages
  • Infrastructure

What type of Mobile App you want?

Sometimes, you can estimate the cost of developing a mobile app by asking questions.

Who is building your App?

When you’re ready to bring your app idea to the limelight, there are basically three different types of developers you can work with. You could hire:

  • A freelance app developer or an independent contractor (e.g., from Upwork)
  • a small app development team
  • App development agencies and big corporations

How will Users Signup for your App

This is an important section. When we take on new clients, we want to know how users will sign up for their app.

How long does an App take to Create: Time and Average Cost

First, not all apps take months to create. The platform your app is developed for also affects how long your app is created and made available to users.

  • Most basic applications only require simple functionality. This type of mobile app takes approximately 500–700 hours on development.
  • A medium complexity mobile app can take up to 700 to 1,000 hours to create and launch.
  • While a complex and advanced app usually takes 1,200–1,500 hours to develop and deploy.

5 Steps to Estimate the Cost of Mobile App Development

Follow these five steps to quickly estimate how much you should spend to develop your app.

What Affects Mobile Application Costs?

Mobile applications can be simple or complex projects.

  • App features and functionality
  • Platforms
  • App administration and infrastructure
  • Visual design
  • App maintenance cost
  • Size of the development team
  • Location (local or international developers)

Average Cost of Mobile App Development: Agency Survey By Clutch

To give you a better idea of the average cost of developing a mobile app, let’s dive into recent studies.

Mobile App Development Process

The process of mobile app development can be daunting, to say the least.

Designing your Mobile App (The Process)

Developing a mobile app is quite different from its design. The former deals with the backend codes and functionalities, while app design deals with the front end and visuals.

Supporting Devices (What Devices will your App Support?)

When a client requests additional devices, then it will require extra design and development time. It also makes sense to integrate with other smart products.

How much do Popular Apps Cost to Develop? (Summary)

To give you an idea of what some popular apps cost to develop, I found some amazing numbers.

  • Snapchat: One of the most popular social media networks that raised $485,000 back in 2012, which is tiny compared to the total funding of over $3 billion.
  • Uber: This ride-hailing app received $200,000 in seed funding for bringing their ideas to life.
  • Postmates: This powerful company raised $750,000 in the seed round.
  • Instagram: The number #1 photo-sharing app that received $500,000 in seed funding to develop their app further.

Takeaway: A Breakdown of Mobile App Development Cost

When you hire an app development company like Aalpha for your project, most of the additional costs will be waived.



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