The Costs of Developing an Mobile App

Mobile application - what are the costs?

Olga BińczakSep 08, 2021

"How much does a mobile application cost today?"

This is a question that more and more people are wondering about because even during a pandemic, the mobile application market shows no sign of stopping. We all use different types of communication, gaming, lifestyle, and business applications. Therefore, it is not surprising that more and more people want to bear the cost of the investment and create something of their own on which they can earn.

Mobile application - what are the costs?

This question appears on the web thousands of times a day, and it is rarely possible to get an intelligible answer from it. This is not because the question was misunderstood, but because the answer is much more complicated.

Imagine going to a car dealership - we have different car models in different configurations. One can cost PLN 50,000, another PLN 200,000 - their price depends on the engine, additional equipment, color, and model.

The same applies to the cost of developing a mobile application - it differs depending on the case, the list of functionalities, the level of complexity, graphic appearance, or the platform for which it is to be created.

What components are taken into account when pricing a mobile application?


1. Application development team

Depending on the project requirements, the team developing the application includes a business analyst, one or more programmers (depending on the number of platforms), a project manager, and a UX designer.

2. Backend development

Perhaps the mobile application you are planning is a dynamic application that will be used by millions of users, and additionally, it will function in real-time, and the processed data will be synchronized on various platforms and stored in the cloud? In this case, you certainly need a back-office that can withstand enormous loads and run smoothly in all conditions. It will therefore require a lot more time to design and build a complex application architecture. You will also need multiple programming languages ​​to create an application backend, which means you will have to pay for a more diverse team of specialists.

3. Third party niche integrations

There are many integrations available on the market today that can accelerate application development. However, integrations with other companies, especially niche ones, sometimes provide inconsistent and complicated documentation, which can translate into additional time spent on integration.

4. In-app purchases

In an effort to meet the needs of their users, mobile app owners tend to integrate as many payment options as possible. However, you must be prepared for an additional fee for each payment option you enter: in-app purchases, PayPal, Stripe, Google Pay, Apple Pay, etc.

5. Hardware components

If you want to develop an application that will function on niche devices such as EDL or IoT, you must take into account that in order to test you will have to rent or purchase specific equipment.

6. Supported devices, operating systems

When creating an application, you must always make sure that it will function properly on certain types of devices. For example, an iOS application should be perfectly compatible with the latest and previous versions of the iPhone. It must also support the latest and previous versions of iOS (e.g. iOS 10 and iOS 11). In the case of android applications, the number of devices is much greater, and the system should also work on systems from a certain version. Of course, more devices will mean more time spent adjusting the app to different screen sizes, resolutions, and hardware specifications. It will also mean more testing time.

7. Custom designs and animations

Custom UIs are rather complicated to implement, so the cost of a custom UI will be higher than the cost of an interface built with standard components or no design at all.

8. Post-application costs

The average application development budget is not just about the cost of actual development. The money spent on product development should also be considered. Every mobile app needs updating, customer support, server conversation, cloud hosting, and even legal assistance - not to mention the app marketing and promotion.

What hourly rate will you pay to build the application worldwide?

There are millions of great app developers in the world, and you might wonder what the difference is. When looking for application developers to hire, try to select those who have specialist knowledge in the industry your applications are intended for. They probably have both the experience and the resources needed to complete the project in the shortest possible time. To see if a software company has the experience, you can search its portfolio and view customer reviews.

There is no guarantee that selecting an expensive company will provide you with an app that will guarantee your return on investment. In fact, low-cost programmers can deliver great results. High price does not always mean high quality. There are many factors that affect prices. Geography is one of them.

When it comes to the average rates proposed by service providers, we can observe the following picture:

  • Companies based in the US and Canada charge between $ 50 and $ 250 an hour

  • Australian agencies offer their services for $ 50 to $ 150 an hour

  • Western European developers charge rates ranging from $ 35 to $ 170 per hour

  • Eastern European companies from $ 20 to $ 150 per hour

  • India from $ 10 to $ 80 per hour

Okay, we know the hourly cost of creating a mobile application. What's next?

How much does the mobile app cost?

Don't expect a professional software house to give you the price of your ad hoc product from the price list. The cost of developing a mobile app is based on the number of hours that the project can take. The more difficult the functionality, the longer it will take to create it.

How do we estimate the cost of creating a mobile application?

Everything is based on the conversation. In the initial contact, we will ask you about your goals and business processes, possible roles and users, and the scalability plans of the mobile application. In the next step, we process the collected initial requirements. We conduct a basic business analysis, taking into account the specifics of the product, in order to offer a solution that will meet your goals and expectations. We successively estimate the execution time of individual functionalities. On the basis of the collected information, we present an offer for the implementation of the project, which includes individual working hours, technologies, and approach to application architecture. There you will also find a set of product functions for the initial one, and also, if it was assumed, a list of subsequent versions of the product.

After approving the initial estimate, we make a detailed estimate. We identify requirements for each planned scope of work, create application frameworks and prepare a project

Codemachine provides comprehensive programming services. So this means that the price of the application includes every service related to product development, including project management.

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