Major Key Factors that Influence Mobile App Development Cost

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Mobile App Development:

The mobile application is developed for a specific platform like android, iOS, and windows. They are downloaded and installed from app stores to be accessed in mobile phones. Building a mobile app is expensive than web app because the mobile app is platform-specific and launching an app on various platforms means starting the design and development from scratch. Comparing the performance between the web and mobile app, the mobile app would always perform well and will be highly responsive. Thus, any business that wants to move or is already moving towards achieving growth & success will adopt the development of mobile application now as the cost of development is slowly inflating.

Mobile app development cost:

The factors influencing the cost of mobile app development is increasing day by day. Below is a list of factors, which has to be addressed in order to make your mobile application development cost-effective.

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  1. Who is developing a mobile app?
  2. Which platform is the app developed for?
  3. What features and UI/UX (design) should the app possess?
  4. What amount of security is demanded by the app?
  5. Where should development happen?
  6. Where should the app be released?
  7. How is the app going to be maintained?


Who is developing your mobile app?

Developing a mobile app deals with many pros and cons and one amongst is the cost involving in the development of the application. The one with whom you develop your mobile application also influences the cost in development. Freelancers charge minimal with consideration to the features you want for your app. However, there is a lack of guarantee whether your app will be delivered with sheer quality in the promised time. When your app development is given to a company, there will be sophistication in the app development process. You can have a formal agreement signed and can receive regular updates with the progress on your application development. You can even have options to switch developers if the development process is not executed well according to your requirement. These advantages come with a price and that is why developing an app with a company is expensive than with a freelancer. Soft Suave is an application development company, which develops an innovative mobile app at the cost of a freelancer. For a small-scale app that is being developed as a side project of your primary business, you can go for in-house development or freelancers. However, for an application that your business completely relies on, you should consider hiring an app development firm.

Which platform is the app developed for?

The cost of app development will have an impact on the platform you choose to develop and deploy. Developing an application for different devices or different platforms mean different charges. If you want your application developed for iOS then the amount spent will be lower to an app developed for Android. There are a few other different platforms to consider while you develop a mobile application for your company. However, Android has a higher market share. Thus, your choice of platform will depend on the purpose of your mobile application and it will be a notable deciding factor in the development cost of your app.

What features and UI/UX (design) should the app possess?

If your mobile application has very innovative and interactive UI/UX design then you have to bear the cost incurred to bring those astonishing UI/UX into your mobile app. These are the critical aspects in deciding the mobile application development cost. There are standard features of an app and then there are customizable features in an app. Adding standard features will cost you nothing compared to the cost incurred while adding customized features which surely will cost a bomb. The features and functionalities that shape your application will also design the cost structure of the app. Note that, it does not matter how good the backend of the app is, if the UI/UX is not up to the mark, your app will simply not catch enough eyeballs.

What amount of security is demanded by the app?

When a mobile application is released for customers to be used there will be many sensitive data like company’s data, user information, transaction details, etc. being shared with the servers. Therefore, to avoid compromising information with hackers there must be enough security measures taken in advance during the time of app development. A mobile app is vulnerable to security threats & hackers once it gets into the market and to avoid and overcome all threats, security patches have to be developed at the right time. Regular updates are also an ultimate solution to add security for your mobile app. However, none of this comes free.

Where should development happen?

Choosing the place of development is a vital part of your mobile app development cost. Application development can happen in various places. They are in house app development, freelance app development, and offshore development. Whichever team you choose, be it in-house, freelancers or a mobile application development company, your team, must have the technical powers and versatility. Developing an application in the house is cost-effective but developing it offshore provides you an expensive quality app. Among all the offshore places of app development, India charges the least with hourly rates starting from $20.

Where should the app be released?

The market place for your app where customers can download from will also determine the cost of your mobile application development. Places like Android play store are not very expensive but if it has to published in the iOS app store the charges are high depending upon your app’s features and usage. Above this, more the download, more will be the share taken by the app stores.

How is the app going to be maintained?

Your mobile app needs to stay relevant and must embrace new technology to remain on the users’ phones. Your app should be regularly tested and modified according to the users’ feedback. Otherwise, the users will uninstall it. It is advisable to understand the technical aspects of your mobile app and maintain your mobile application by yourself. But when it has complex features you should continue with the same development company or freelancer you hired to maintain your mobile app, which will cost you some extra dollars.


Sticking to accomplishing your basic requirement of developing a mobile application will always end up in cost-effective app development. But, moving away from this goal will definitely pinch your pockets sooner or later. In addition, it is wise to allocate enough space in your application development budget for hiring the perfect team of developers to the maintenance of the app post publishing. Because it is hard to predict the way hourly rates in different locations are fluctuating and the way mobile app developers and consumers are interacting presently. 

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