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Factors That Determine The Cost Of Mobile App Development

You simply can’t stick to just one factor to determine the mobile app development cost

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Are you planning to develop a mobile app for your business house? If yes, you must be wondering about the rough development cost of an app. The answer to this statement is not certain due to the involvement of various factors. Few of the factors include the complexity of the project, the choice of OS (Operating System), and the design & the animation.

Mobile apps are tremendously changing the course of the tech industry and have gradually become the backbone of a number of businesses. Last year, there were about 250 billion app downloads worldwide and the number is expected to touch 350 billion marks by 2021.

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To make your mobile app a success, target the mobile audience first because, with the onset of smartphones, people are relying more on mobile than any other platform. Therefore, by focusing more on mobile users, you will be able to garner more audience.

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When it comes to choosing the most influential factor in determining the cost of mobile app creation, people may have different opinions. Some may give preference to the features and functionality,

1. The App Developing Team/Company

It is one of the primary factors that will define the mobile app development Cost. Once you are geared up to own an app, you need to find out the best app development companies. You need to scrutinize the firms well before handing them over the contract. Though most of the companies have in-house teams of experienced and proficient developers. If the app development company will be an efficient one, you can save a lot of your hard-earned money.

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In general, a team comprises of a project manager, mobile app developers who will work on the ground, a UI or UX designer, and a quality assurance engineer. And in case your app need API,  a backend developer will also be involved.

2. The Platform

The operating system is the backbone of any smartphone and to develop a mobile app, you need to figure out the best platform on which the rate of success of your app will be the maximum. As the development of the app will immensely depend upon the operating system you chose. The well-known operating systems are as follows:

  • Android OS

  • iOS OS

  • Windows OS

  • Blackberry OS


According to a report compiled by Statista, the average cost of developing an Android app is about £18,000, for iOS OS it is £22,000, for Windows OS it is £14,000 and approx £12,000 for Blackberry OS.

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Heading - Average cost of developing an app on various OS platforms

The other significant aspect is the version of a particular app. Nowadays, the operating systems run on multiple version, For example, iOS currently supports version 9, 10, and 11. While Android has Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, and Nougat.

3. Native or Hybrid App

Native and hybrid are the types of app that can be run on a single platform and is built depending on the usability of an app. The native app is the conventional one, which offers numerous functionalities and is outstanding in terms of performance. Also, it comes with better UX standards. On the other hand, a hybrid app can run on multiple platforms. It consumes less time and efforts to develop an app. Moreover, it is cost effective as compared to the native app.

Native and Hybrid

Now, it all depends on you. Taking into consideration the pros and cons of both these apps, you can make the final call.

4. Implementation of Features

The incorporating of mobile app features and functionalities plays a crucial role in deciding the app development cost. There is a whole pool of features that need to be looked upon. The features are based on that target audience, client requirement and the type of app. The likes of social media toggles and security features can be embedded in the app.

You need to note here, with every added feature, the development cost will shoot up. Therefore, be very thoughtful before infusing every feature.

5. App Maintenance and Post Updates

The post-development factors equally vital. After you are done with the mobile app development, the next thing is functionality. You need to go through your whole app before making it public. You won’t be satisfied in just two or three dry runs. With each testing, there will be one or other thing that will crop up.

app maintenance

Nex is the mobile app maintenance and updates. People tend to come up with various kinds of bugs and shortcomings in your app. Therefore, you need to keep pace with all the regularities. As per a report by Network World, about 30 percent of the apps are updated on monthly basis, whereas 52.8 percent of apps are upgraded on the half-yearly basis.

6. The Number of Screens

You may think upon adding multiple screens for your mobile app. As some app may have several features and cater to those needs, the developing team has to add more screens and integrate more UI/UX. This way, the user will be able to scroll the app in more than one way.

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With adding more screens, you will be pushing the number of hours, efforts and in the end, the total cost of the mobile app development. So, make sure whatever features you wish to display on the screens, should be relevant enough.

7. App Security

In the age of hacking and cyber attacks, the security of the app is one thing that needs to be prioritized. These days, users are more aware than ever and may weigh your app on this particular perspective. Being the owner of the app, the responsibility of the users’ confidential data and information stay with you. So, make sure, you don’t mess it because once you lose the trust of the uses, it will become next to impossible to win their trust back.

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Furthermore, if your app supports any kind of payment option then you have to be very cautious about the same.

8. Licensing or Copyright of The App

App licensing and copyright are another critical aspects that need to be taken care of. In the end, it’s your idea and it’s your app, so you better need to take care of. In many a case, people tend to copy elements from other apps. Hence, to avoid any such hassle, it’s always better to apply for copyright of your app.

Also, before getting your app into public, you need to apply for a license. App license ideally lets you in. To get your app registered in any of the app stores, you need to shell out something. In general, Apple charges around £69 a year and Google Play Store charges somewhat around £20.

The Final Thoughts

So these are all the factors that are involved in the mobile app development and the cost of the app directly relates to these factors. From stumbling among app development companies to picking the right platform and from hand-picking features to app maintenance, everything plays a crucial role. These are the very basic steps that need to be considered.

Just in case, you have some ingredients to add, you can connect with me anytime. I would be pleased to add you to this thread. Afterall, mobile app development is never ending and I believe, you would like to make the most out of it.

Vikram Khajuria
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A typical boy and tech enthusiast, Vikram is totally fascinated by the journey of his day from miseries to joys. Covering the journalism field, he writes at MobileAppDaily and keeps surfing the trends to understand tech and inventions better. Don’t forget his driving skills, he is a professional car rallyist. Life has just got better, breath it!!

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