In recent years the mobile application market has skyrocketed in size and scope. On the one hand, this means that developers from all over the world are after a slice of the pie, but as a result of this extra competition, it can be difficult to separate the meat from the fat. By and large, app development cost increases proportionally with development team’s experience and complexity of the project, but in order to be sure that you are getting great value it is important to be able to match a price with the quality of service an agency provides.
When asked by clients the question “How much does it cost to develop an app?” we have to establish a few key points about the project. This information is usually compiled as part of the initial project meeting stage, where we establish a creative brief. Once a plan of action is in place, it is possible to break down the processes into tasks, and get a more accurate picture of the entire mobile app development cost.
Rather than assess the specific cost to develop an app for your business, this article aims to help you ask the right questions so that you can be sure that your quote is reflective of your requirements.
First and foremost, it is important to remember that Rome was not built in a day. While apps are almost instantaneously downloaded, with sometimes a short shelf-life, their development can be long and arduous. There is no doubt that this can incur a higher app developer cost, but this does not mean that there is no value to be derived from intelligent investment. The crux of this particular point in practice is that when calculating the cost of developing an app, one must have realistic expectations. As mentioned earlier in this article, the classic adage “you get what you pay for” most certainly applies.
Much of the success of cost-effective app development lies with the foundation upon which the software is designed and built: the idea itself. You can view the design and engineering side of the build as the enabling forces to transform your vision into reality. The cost of developing an app is often dependent upon effective communication between the design/development team and its conceptual origins. An experienced agency with a track record of delivering engaging apps for blue chip brands will be well practiced in working closely with clients to create a functional and flexible creative brief.
We end these broad considerations with a specific point about development platforms. Thankfully, due to the advances in mobile technology over the past years, Y Media Labs mobile developers are equally comfortable building on all major platforms, ensuring that there is little or no disparity between the iPhone app development cost and its Android counterparts in terms of hourly rate.
However, it is important to note that the Android iOS is used on a more diverse array of devices, and therefore your development team must ensure that your app is compatible across the board. The flip side of this extra cost to develop an app is that it provides broader access to niche markets and target groups that lie outside of the Apple demographic.
Today, most businesses recognize that the ROI from this investment far outshines the initial cost of app development.
So what does it cost to develop an app? A larger investment will likely deliver a more intuitive and successful finished product with longevity true to your vision. Choosing a development agency with a proven track record, that specializes in mobile, will provide you with the security that your sizeable investment will pay off.