There are two main types of mobile apps, each used for different purposes. If you have your app fully planned out, you know exactly how you want it to look, and you know updates will not be needed, then we recommend you to build a hybrid app. Hybrid apps are developed on a platform that generates two different types of files for both iOS and Android devices from one coding language. As they don’t have complex functionality, hybrid apps cost approximately from $10,000 to $50,000 and can be developed in 1 to 3 months on average. You can view an example of a hybrid app in our portfolio here.
The other main app type is a native app. Native apps allow for more advanced features that hybrid apps are unable to accomplish such as push updates or notifications. However, native apps cost more to build because they have to be developed from scratch twice in the native code relevant to both iOS and Android operating systems. Due to its complexity, a native app can take up to 6 months to be developed and costs vary widely from $50,000 to $250,000 and beyond.
As you can see, there is an extensive number of elements involved in the app development process making it much harder to predict the price of apps in comparison to websites. Getting a quote for how much an app will cost is similar to enquiring about the price of a car. You would need to be specific about the car model, year, features, etc. In the same way, in order to give you an exact quote of your app, we would ask you:
- What does your app need to achieve?
- Does your app need to be monetised?
- Will your app be continuously updated and evolved over time?
- What devices (iOS/Android) are you targeting?
- Do you have existing content available? (images, videos, text, etc.)
- Do you have a design in mind?
- When does your app need to be completed?
Beyond app development, similar to websites and SEO, it’s vital to promote your app so people know it exists. The advantage to developing a more costly app is that they are not as accessible to the average person, resulting in less competition and higher likelihood of success for your app.
If you’re still unsure about which app is best suited to your project, you can find out more information here or get in touch with us! We are always happy to help guide you in the right direction for your project and be a part of your success story!