What Should Your App Cost You? Let’s Get Specific.
Apps have become the spine of the digital economy. To strengthen the bond between customer and company many businesses are releasing their own apps. There is a lot that can be accomplished with a well-designed, engaging, and dynamic app. The returns are obvious. But, what do the development costs of the app look like?
There are a lot of variables to consider when calculating the cost of an app. Since you are here, it is safe to assume that you are looking at app outsourcing costs. Vitec’s App Development Price Estimation allows you to see you through every element of your app development budget.
So, here are the variables that affect app development costs and to what extent.
The Platform For App Development
You decide whether you want your app to work on iOS, Android, or both. It is commonplace for businesses to want apps for both Apple and Google Play stores. The costs of developing apps on either platform is pretty much the same. Understandably, if you want to create an app that works on both platforms, the cost doubles.
This is the base cost and the highest contributor to the costs of your app. So, it is important that you have a clear idea on which platform you want the app to be available. A focused approach here can save you some serious money.
Including User Authentication
Businesses usually go with email or social media log-ins. Such credentials help you create email lists and provide personalized experiences to your users. But, as you begin to add these components aka user authentication, you add to the complexity of the app.
User authentication requires the developer to account for multiple functions. This includes syncing information across devices with varied specs, remembering preferences of the user, generating push notifications, allow multiple log-
On the other hand, apps that don’t require user authentication cost less. However, these apps are hardly used by businesses. They are used for functions like calendars, calculators, notes, and so on.
Interacting With Other Apps
There is also the case of dynamic apps and database-based apps that you need to consider. For a database-based app, you will need to have a server that the app stores and pulls data from. On the other hand, dynamic apps interact with a variety of platforms through Application Programming Interface or API.You have to connect to official APIs of different platforms. Depending on the complexity of these APIs, the app development costs will change.
User Interface & Design
The design of the app is incredibly important to how the user perceives your app. First of all, you have to take care that your app follows the same or at least similar tones, colors, and designs as your website and other virtual presence. Another important thing to consider is that you have to differentiate your app from what is already available in the market. If you do not provide any utility, you will not find the precious smartphone space.
Keeping these factors in mind, you have to create an app that uses icons, tabs, graphics, and more. All these elements make the app more engaging for the users. And every new element you add, adds to the cost of the app.
The hierarchy goes like this – bare bones designs with no stand-out elements are the cheapest, a stock design will be a little more costly, and a custom design will be the most expensive.
Adding More Features
If you are planning to monetize the app in any way, then it is going to add to the complexity of the app. There are two ways in which you can accomplish this. You can either opt for an upfront price that the users pay to use the app or introduce in-app purchases. In terms of app development, a fixed price of the app will cost less. However, in-app purchases are more engaging. So, in the long run, they usually produce better returns.
Many businesses also include a rating or reviewing system within the app. Depending on the business, the app can have different types of ranking or reviewing systems, which further adds to the cost of the app.
Creating The Best Version Of Your App
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development and how each component adds to the cost of the app.
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Marc Roset is an expert in digital concept strategies, a passionate blog writer and CEO at Vitec GmbH. He brings his experience and knowledge of the last decade in software development and outsourcing strategies to creative blogs, e-books and more.