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How Much Does It Cost To Develop A Mobile App?

Published on 12 May 14
The flourishing business of mobile applications has been increasing since its evolution in the IT sector. At the same time, due to tight competition between vendors, the rates for mobile applications have been drastically reduced. The actual cost on an application development depends on various factors that are bound to app. Also the physical entities, resource involvements, the support and conditions of app stores are external factors that are taken into account while finalizing the cost of the application.
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For the beginners in this field, the app costing is important part as they need to invest their valuables in it. The mobile or tablet applications for Android, iPhone and iPad, Blackberry and Windows requires a specific amount of funding in order to get started. These funds can be raised easily through various methods of crowd-funding, loans; partners as well as specific investors are available in the market. Here is the description of some factors on which the costing of the mobile application depends while considering actual scenarios.
Platform Selection of App
One of the most important factor on which the cost of complete project depends is the type of platform that you select for application. Every platform has their own set of regulations and conditions as well as charges to launch your app. According to current market, the application development for medium based app with some enhanced functionality costs around 5000 - 6000$ when it is developed on Android or iOS platform. At the same time, this cost may get increased with add-ons and time that it will take to Go Live on respective app store. Also coding in these native apps becomes more expensive than employing cross platforms which are cheaper. But these native methods are adopted in order to give a better user experience. So app costing is dependent on adoption of the technique for application development as well.
Range of Budget
For creating a multi utility online app like online purchase, charging, shopping and booking apps, it might take around 20-30k $ after checking the feasibility of the area and number of expected users. Also if there is requirement of extended support for application after becoming Live the cost increases around 35k $. The range differs from company to company but the average costing remains the same. Also there are some limitations and charges from vendors to make the app live within shorter duration which will add to the cost of the app. The cost can be reduced drastically by removing some functionality online. But this can affect the business of the application implying reduction in number of customers.
Domain of Mobile Applications
The first thing when the requirement of the app is freeze is the identification of the domain for the the app will be created. This has intrinsic relation with the costing as domain of the app will decide the amount of workforce that needs to be occupied during the entire project. Fully dynamic application is charged the highest in the market. Also gaming apps are given huge amount because of high end mobiles in the market that contain multi functional games. Also graphics and design incorporated in the application significantly affect the costing of the app.

So the average cost for a mobile or tablet application can be predicted on the basis of above mentioned factors. With such a boom in technological market of mobile application development, it is possible that these prices may be hiked in the future. So mobile application development is a costly affair but can give large profits.
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