If you’re new to web development, it might be hard for you to estimate the exact price of iOS or Android App Development.

Why Invest in Mobile apps?

There are numerous mobile app development cost factors. With this in mind, let’s first see why mobile apps are so popular among users and why you should invest in them.

According to a report from Statista, there were 204 billion mobile apps in 2019. That is projected to grow over 45% in the next two years – 258 billion in 2022.

Another report suggests, in 2019 the total mobile app revenue was 461.7 billion U.S. dollars. That has amounted to 581.9 billion U.S. dollars. Mobile applications are projected to generate over 693 billion US dollars in 2021. Business can gather a huge amount of profit through iOS and Android app development.

Advantages of Mobile Apps:

  • Easy to carry
  • Ease of use
  • Quick and efficient
  • Seamless secure communication
  • Saves time, money, effort and energy
  • Services, products, and goods are at your fingertips
  • Apps are fun
  • Track items on the go
  • Excellent search function
  • Brand presence
  • Apps are faster than websites
  • Communication and engagement
  • Efficient marketing and higher sales
  • Source of revenue
  • Better personalization
  • Ability to work offline
  • Freedom in designing

Mobile App Development Cost Factors:

Now come back to mobile app development cost factors. To demonstrate, we have listed them down:

  • Android Vs. iOS Platform
  • Apps with complex features
  • App hosting
  • Types of functions
  • Number of features you want to add
  • Number of integration points
  • Company Vs. Freelancer
  • UI/UX design
  • Type of platform – Native Vs. Cross-Platform
  • Security
  • App maintenance
  • E-commerce apps
  • Cloud/Data costs
  • Designs with animations
  • Prototyping
  • The location where you hire developers from
  • Custom solution that needs thorough technical research
  • Use of latest technologies IoT, VR, AR, Chatbot, Cloud, AI, among others

1 – Android Vs. iOS Platform:

It’s one of the most important factors. You need to find out if there is any difference between the costs of these platforms.

The truth is there’s not much difference between the costs of iOS and android app development. One main difference is that Android apps require more time to develop due to their complexity and variety. However, if you are going to build a product based on an older version of Android or iOS, then expect the rise in costs.

Budget is a primary concern if you’re a startup with limited capital. You need to find out which platform is used widely by users. For your information, android has a greater number of users as compared to iOS. For better performance, custom designs and premium features need more monetary investment.

2 – Functions & Features:

An App requires crucial features to function properly. It won’t be able to sustain itself in the market without its key features. But before you decide the type of features you add during mobile app development, you need to consider the following important factors:

  • What’s your targeting niche?
  • What can make your application different from others?
  • What is your service or brand?

If you want to add complex features like Complex 3D graphics, animations, and visual transitions, then it can increase the development costs.

The costs of a data management system app are higher than a simple informative app.

Tailor-made apps with advanced features may hamper a limited budget.

3 – Maintenance:

Once the app is launched it needs constant maintenance. It requires new changes, updates, and features. Likewise, continuous backend support and maintenance is also required after the Android & iOS app development is completed. 

4 – Hosting:

App hosting is necessary as it allows the app to be available for the audience. It’s a vital investment for enterprises. Choosing the right service provider is extremely essential. Opting for the best service provider is based on different parameters such as backend API request, bandwidth per user, and bandwidth per MAU.

Parameters of App hosting platform:

  • Backend API request
  • Bandwidth per user
  • Bandwidth per MAU

You can choose the best hosting platform based on the aforementioned parameters. Select a platform that can help you gather higher traffic. Moreover, shared hosting is more budget-friendly than dedicated hosting.

5 – Third-Party App Integration:

Third-party integrations greatly affect Android & iOS  app development costs. Additional integrations are required for building an app. For instance, social media needs widgets, the location needs GPS, e-commerce needs a payment gateway, and analytics needs Mixpanel. Likewise, lots of apps need to be integrated with complex backend systems for instance SAP, share point, and Salesforce etc. No matter the type of app, third-party integrations are mandatory for apps. Hence, you will have to keep the costs in mind.

6 -Company Vs. Freelancer:

You can convert your idea into an app either with the help of a freelancer or a mobile app development company.

MessageMuse is a trusted name in the USA – known for its quality, customized Android and iOS app development solutions, and on-time product delivery.

Professional app developers craft your app according to your business requirements. Before hiring a freelancer or a company you must know the pros and cons:

(a) Pros of a freelancer:

  • Independent
  • Affordable
  • maximum flexibility
  • Access to global talent
  • Less overhead

(b) Cons of Freelance:

  • No guarantee about productivity
  • Short period commitments
  • Maintenance support is difficult
  • Cheaper the expenses lower the quality
  • Chances of compromise on quality by giving less time to each project

(c) Pros of the company:

  • Professional and experienced experts
  • Dedicated team for each task
  • Full support and maintenance
  • Long-term commitment
  • Secure mobile app development

(d) Cons of Company:

  • Difficult in making a choice about which company to choose
  • Probability of increased costs

7 – UI/UX Design:

The cost of UI or UX designs depends upon its complexity. Intuitive and eye-catching designs require effort, time and money to develop.

The designs of icons, animation, and colour combination are important to attract users to your apps.

Two important pillars behind any successful app are user interface (UI) and user experience (UX).

8 – Native vs Cross-Platform:

If you want to develop an app (both for Android and iOS), it is always beneficial to use cross-platform mobile app development. It cuts-down engineering time as well as overall expenses. If you want to use augmented reality (AR),virtual reality (VR), AI, or any other technologies, we suggest you go with native app development.

9 – Security:

Security is the basic need of individuals, startups, and corporate clients. Security is one of the main criteria of why apps are accepted in the market.

Users expect that the apps they use are not going to leak important information and data. Any error or data leakage can lead to app failure. Hence, it must be on the top of your list when calculating the mobile app development budget. You have to ensure the security of passwords, and users’ data related to the app’s activity. It may be an expensive task to maintain the security feature but it’s extremely vital to offer desirable user experience.

Also, you have to keep track of any malware attacks on the app’s system. If you face a security gap, you will encounter a major viral infection attack. To fight the risks and achieve robust app’s security, installing a solid security plan needs monetary investment.   

10 – Quality  and Testing:

Testing is a vital part of the personalized app development process. Once fully built apps need to be checked for errors and bugs and tested for meeting customer’s business needs. It’s mandatory to go through all of the features and functionalities to confirm the app’s success. QA is extremely important to enhance apps functionality.

11 – Maintenance Plan:

Once the app is fully developed and launched, your app needs constant update and maintenance. It’s necessary to buy a maintenance plan. It’s vital to keep the app updated. Maintenance cost is around 15-20% of the original development expenses.

12 – Features:

A well-managed, feature-rich, interactive app, user-friendly UI/UX design, appropriate mobile platform, innovative Android & iOS mobile app development, and customized interface.

13 – Development Team:

You may hire freelancers, in-house team, or mobile development agency. The costs may vary according to the app’s versatility and the size of the team.

Categories of Apps:

(i) Simple Apps

(ii) Complex Apps

(iii) Middle-Sized Apps

 Simple Apps:

It involves different apps that are created to carry out specific yet simple functionalities such as adding an item to the cart or selecting a product. 

Complex Apps:

It can affect the costs as it involves all kinds of interactivity, real-time synchronization, adding app’ offline functionality, and building different features. For adding most extensive features during iOS and Android app development, you need to hire professionals with special expertise. Also, adding up-to-date technologies to the existing app is a critical step – for instance, elements of AR, different animation, real-time synchronization, voice recognition, and so on.

Middle-Sized Apps:

They include apps based on booking systems and e-commerce sites. Such Apps development will be for adding user’s accounts, payment systems, comments mode, as well as social media integration.

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