Before launching the development of a mobile application, the first question that comes to the mind of the project leader is “how much does it cost? “. So, what is the price to pay for creating an application? In fact, the price of an application depends on many factors: its quality, its features, its design or the importance of its back-end. Let’s see this in more detail …
The price for a mobile application, what to expect?
“I have a mobile application project. Could you tell me how much it will cost me to create it? “ We often hear our customers say those two sentences when they contact us first. And our answer is always the same: the cost of a mobile application can range from 1,000 euros up to 120,000 euros . It all depends on your specifications. To explain this price gap as simply as possible, we could compare a mobile app to a car . Prices are known to vary greatly depending on a number of factors such as the desired quality, the model, the options or the size. Even the platform of the application can change the price! Indeed application development on iOS is known to be a bit more expensive than on Android.
So, it seems logical that a 4×4 all terrain with GPS and voice command costs more than a conventional Dacia. However, in the case of mobile applications the principle remains the same … or almost, because instead of paying for the hardware, we pay for the time required for the development of the application. Indeed, while an application can be created in 50 hours, another one will require 500 hours of work.
However, to obtain a professional estimate , it is very important to define the project in all its details. Knowing in which direction you want to go and how you want to go is paramount before embarking on the project. Any mobile development professional, be it a digital agency or a freelance developer , will ask you this document before you can make an estimate. It is guaranteed.
Another tip: do not hesitate to ask a quote to several developers. You will be amazed at how much prices can vary for the same mobile application.
Factors that influence the price of creating a mobile app
Some factors influence the price of a mobile application more than others. Unsurprisingly, we think in the first place of the features . Each option requires a certain number of hours of development. Some of them are “easy” to set up and will not ask developers much. Others, on the other hand, require more work and will cost more, which is logical. For example, a contact form can be inserted quickly in the app, but a precise geolocation system requires long hours of coding.
When defining your project, do not forget to take into account the user interface and the app design . These two elements are of paramount importance, both for the quote and for the success of your mobile application. In this regard, it is also important for the client and the developer to agree on the objectives to be achieved. By sending the developer specific ideas, you make sure you get a complete application without unnecessary features.
To know the price for a mobile application, it is also essential to know on which platforms your application will be available. Do you want to create an iPhone or Android app ? A native, hybrid or web application ? In this regard you should know that a native application will always be more expensive than a web application or a hybrid. But beware: contrary to what we can believe, a native application is not always the best solution. Hybrid and web technologies are better suited to certain types of projects. Keep in mind that if you want to develop an application on multiple platforms, the price will necessarily be higher.
Finally, we must not only consider the platforms on which you plan to develop the application. Among the various operating systems, there are devices of different ranges and with different functionalities. This is one of the factors we do not always think about when defining a mobile application project. It does affect the price of the application. For example, the iOS spectrum contains the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 6, with software having different characteristics. The goal is to create a graphical application that performs on each device to ensure optimal accessibility.
In the budget you have set for your mobile development project, you will also need to include marketing strategy expenses . Similarly, administrative costs must be taken into account. The Apple Store and the Google Play Store do not sell mobile apps for free! It takes $ 29 to publish an Android application and $ 99 a year for publishing an iOS application. The storage of data is also to be taken into account in the forecast financial statement. Finally, do not forget the maintenance costs, such as updates and bug fixes.
Price ranges by type of application
Before a developer can give you a precise estimate of the price of creating your mobile application, you will need to write a specification . On the other hand, if you want to get an overall idea of the budget, here are indicative amounts adjusted for the type of application you are looking to develop:
- Between 1500 and 5000 euros for simple applications. These applications can be designed for a company wanting, for example, to make a marketing campaign. These kinds of applications are quick to develop. In addition you should reach a good number of customers quickly and efficiently.
- Between 5000 and 35 000 euros for applications requiring the download of databases. An example would be a product catalog or an RSS reader.
- Between 2000 and 35 000 euros for applications based on specific hardware, such as photo or geo-location applications.
- Between 5,000 and 120,000 euros for custom applications that are used to solve a particular problem.
- From 7500 to 120 000 euros for mobile games. These are the most expensive applications because of the work they require. Among other things, graphics and gameplay require a lot of work to be optimal. The Angry Birds mobile game , for example, cost Rovio more than 100,000 euros . In turn, the development of Real Racing 2 was a million and a half euros.
It’s possible to get a first estimate of the price of a mobile app directly from Yeeply’s website . We also recommend submitting your project for free on our platform to receive a professional quote. Our team will be happy to answer all your questions regarding the development of mobile applications, to help you find the right developer and accompany you throughout your project