This is one of those frequently-asked questions when it comes to mobile app development. And, whether you're an established company or a growing start-up, the answer will be critical to how you approach software development and improving your business through technology and applications. But, it's not as straightforward as you might think.
How much does it cost to build a mobile app?
Because most mobile apps are custom built, with company-specific requirements and functions, it's hard to generalise costs. And, as with anything, if you want it done properly and professionally, there will be a matching price tag. But, in today's digital age where time and efficiency are key in any business, your investment will be worth it.
Here are a few things that influence the cost of a mobile app
Time and manpower
Bespoke mobile apps are - ideally - very simple to use. But getting them there takes time and expertise. Most development companies estimate that it takes between 3 and 6 months to get a custom application launch ready. This also depends on the size of the team and the number of other projects they have on the go. You want dedicated designers and skilled developers working on your project, and you need to give them time and space to do what they're good at. Then, you know you'll have a quality product.
Number of platforms
This is fairly self-explanatory, but is an aspect of app development that's often overlooked. Every time you add a platform, you need to calculate that addition into your budget, and allow for the extra time it'll take the team to make it happen. Do you need iOS app development for iPhone? Or, alternatively, Android app development? Or, both? You should also talk to your software company about Hybrid App Development - a faster, more cost-effective solution.
While technical functions, response and performance are all crucial to developing a successful app, you also want the final product to look good. It needs to be visually appealing and thoughtfully designed. This means thinking about everything from icons and layout to branding and logo-placement. While trained developers will handle the back-end and engineering, experienced designers are also integral to your project. This is, undoubtedly, a necessary cost when considering app development.
Maintenance and support
Hopefully, the quote you receive from a development company will include monies set aside for post-launch maintenance and support. Even once your application is perfect and you're happy that everything is ready to go, there is always a certain amount of work to be done in the long term. Applications need to be updated, the back-end will need to be maintained and someone will need to be there to offer your team support if they have any queries. Because Innovative Thinking focuses on a cradle-to-grave approach, this will all be incorporated into your fee.
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