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How much does it cost to make an app?

Nowadays, industries need to create a virtual space in order to exist in the market. It’s not enough just to have a website, you need to go further, and creating an app is the next step. Let’s go over what an APP is real quick: 

The word app is a noun, and it’s short for “application.” In this case, it refers to a software application. The right way to refer to this is “Web App” or “Mobile App” which means software that you access and use while online, via a browser, instead of software residing on your computer, for example, Microsoft Word.

Now, when it comes to creating mobile apps, you might be wondering how to know if you are getting what you are paying for. The short answer is “It depends”. The price to make an app depends on the following aspects:

  • Type: You need to know that there are different types of apps. First, it is really important to categorize your app such as a communication app, games app, lifestyle app, business app, food app, sports app, etc. Once you have defined the category you can see what type of app works the best for you.
  • Native Apps: Native apps are built specifically for a mobile device’s operating system (OS). Thus, you can have native Android mobile apps or native iOS apps, not to mention all the other platforms and devices.
  • Web Apps: Web apps behave similarly to native apps but are accessed via a web browser on your mobile device. They’re not standalone apps in the sense of having to download and install code into your device.
  • Hybrid Apps: These are web apps that look and feel like native apps. They might have a home screen app icon, responsive design, fast performance, even be able to function offline, but they’re really web apps made to look native.
  • Basic functionality apps: They are mostly developed for personal use and you probably won’t find anything like this in any app store. These ones are fast to develop and include very few or even no features at all.
  • Database-driven apps: These ones are more complex because you need massive data to operate, which needs to be stored directly in the device’s memory, or on a web server, to work as desired, you will need additional features like a camera, internet connection, or access to the gallery. 
  • Game apps: Games may be simple or complex, with 3D graphics and physics, global ratings, AR support, even social media integration. The cost will depend on how complex and how many features you will like to add.
  • Platforms: The most common platform to upload an app is iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. When we are talking about building them, there are a lot more and the selection of that will depend on your project needs. If you outsource your project you won’t need to worry about this too much, with their experience they will use what is best.
  • Design: What usually makes the difference between a good app and a bad app is the quality of the user experience. The user nowadays expects a lot from an app: fast loading time, ease of use, and delight during the interaction. All of this can be solved with a good UI/UX design. 
  • Features & infrastructure: When we interact with apps, we usually see only the presentation layer of the application known as a “graphical user interface” (GUI). Without it, users might have to input their requests in text or code instead of filling in fields with parameters or clicking on buttons. This includes all of the computational and operational infrastructure and components that are necessary to manage the development, deployment, and management of enterprise applications.

Now that you know all the factors that will need to take as consideration for an app, a median price to create an app by expert agencies is $171,450, according to a Clutch survey. Some online app cost calculators name a price tag between $200,000 and $350,000 for an app with dozens of features. But no need to panic,  small apps with few basic features could cost between $10,000 and $50,000, so there’s an opportunity for any type of business.

So, the cost of your app will depend on the features that your app requires, like the size, the complexity, and how unique is the technology you will include. If you want to get a real budget for your project please feel free to contact us, we can be your outsourcing partner that you are looking for.

 

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