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Mobile app development cost in 2020

Covid19 has impacted the business world to choose solutions that are cost-effective and efficient. Mobile app development is not an exception; now more than ever – people are looking for application development options that are cost-efficient. In this blog, we will be discussing various cost-effective solutions and the costs of different types of mobile apps if you are looking to develop a mobile application now. 

Are mobile apps still relevant?

According to research by RescueTime, one of several apps for iOS and Android created to monitor phone use, people generally spend an average of 3 hours and 15 minutes on their phones every day, with the top 20% of smartphone users spending upwards of four and a half hours. With the current scenario where outdoor activities are restricted in most locations, people are spending more time on their mobile devices in their homes. This is the perfect time to launch a mobile application because catching the user’s attention is not too hard. 

Mobile apps are here to stay!

Cutting down App Development Costs

Effective ways to reduce the costs of mobile app development depend on various factors – such as the type & complexity of the mobile application you want to build, the platform used to develop, the cost of developers with respect to their geography and data intensity of the application among others. While you are planning a mobile application development, take notice of these factors for cutting down the costs. 

Types of mobile apps and their complexity

While choosing an idea to develop, know all about the future of the application – the category in which it’ll belong, the kind of functionalities it requires, etc. This crucial information can help you find the right budget for app development. Some of the most popular categories of apps in different app stores are;

  1. Games
  2. Education
  3. Business
  4. Lifestyle
  5. Entertainment
  6. Utilities
  7. Health
  8. Books

Each of these categories calls for different demands, and the development costs rise with the complexity of the app. In terms of complexity, apps can be categorized broadly into three categories.

  • Basic apps: These are apps that do not require remote data servers. Examples of such apps include calendar apps, diet planners, and their development costs can be anywhere between $1,000 to $4,000.
  • Apps with web servers: These are apps that save data on remote servers and require more sophisticated programming. The development costs for such apps range between $8,000 to $50,000.
  • Gaming apps: It is hard to put a price tag on these apps because they include apps with simple features up to those that make use of complex virtual reality. However, a broad estimate about the cost would be anywhere between $6,000 to $250,000 or even higher.

Choose the right platform for maximum cost efficiency.

The right platform for your app depends on a variety of factors, such as:

What are you trying to accomplish with your app?

When do you need it?

How much can you spend on the app?

What features do you require?

How many platforms do you want to reach?

While considering different categories of applications, it should be noted that these applications require various development demands. App development can be broadly categorized as Native App Development and Hybrid / Cross-Platform App Development. While Native Android & iOS demands higher development costs, cross-platform, or hybrid app development can be cost-effective. 

Comparison between Native & Cross-Platform Application Development

FeaturesNative App DevelopmentHybrid App Development
Skills/tools iOS – Swift (or Objective-C), xCode, UIKit  

Android – Java (or Kotlin), Android Studio, Android SDK

HTML, CSS, Javascript, Mobile Development Framework
Multiple Device Compatibility of appLowHigh
Integration with other apps in the phoneHighLow
Performance of appHighModerate
Development SpeedLowHigh
Development CostHighLow
Maintenance CostHighModerate
Graphical PerformanceGreatModerate
App PerformanceGreatModerate

 

The native framework uses programming languages and tools that are native to a particular platform and a hybrid app runs on multiple operating systems without much code change.The app development cost will vary depending on the mobile platform for which the app is built. 

Native applications are built for a specific platform, they can easily access programs and services within the device for optimal performance. The downside is that they cannot operate on devices other than those for which they are developed. Separate apps are to be built for users who are using different mobile platforms. This significantly increases the app development costs and time.

Hybrid apps use the same codebase across different platforms, which makes them compatible with several devices. With the cross-platform framework,you can use a single app and launch it on android and iOS at the same time. Hence, you reach a wider audience in a lot less time and a lot cheaper.

The problem with using the same code on multiple mobile platforms is that the graphical elements at times may not entirely transform to match the framework, hence resulting in design defects. Hybrid apps have certain performance issues and app crashes, which is why the majority of developers recommend the native approach.

Top cross-platform development platforms

The frameworks for mobile app development like Flutter and React Native are making app programming easier and bring the cross-platform features to enable development across various domains. Flutter was launched by Google and React Native was developed by Facebook, bBoth of these platforms are an excellent option if you want to create hybrid apps that use web technologies, such as HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. If you are looking to develop cross-platform apps at a rapid pace at a reduced cost, then both React and Flutter are good choices. Read more here.

Hiring your own remote development team

Building your app in-house is amazing if you have multiple tech experts in your team but, if you are trying to develop an application cost-efficiently without compromising quality – outsourcing to a customized mobile app development company is the best option. The app development cost can vary depending on the location of developers, the average cost per hour for app development in N. America can reach up to $150. While in Eastern Europe and the Indian subcontinent, it is around $25. 

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