When there is a customer on the horizon, the question «how much does it cost to make an iPhone / iPad app or Android app?» is sure to come up in the forefront. But the answer would at least need a rough estimate of the project.
Imagine you want to make repairment in your flat and ask the repairmen how much. Until they take a look at your dwelling to identify the scope of work I bet they won’t be ready to send you the exact bill.
Without an estimate or just a brief look at, it makes it hard to imagine how many hours an iOS or an Android developer would need to spend. Our previous article «how much does it cost to develop an app» gives a fuller and a more general picture of app development cost and what it depends on.
Should you wonder about app design, check our article that gives the answer to «how much does it cost to design an app».
In this article we decided to focus more on the actual iPhone, iPad and Android apps development prices and whether there is any difference between iOS and Android platforms in terms of time and money.
iPhone and Android app development costs around the world
When people think about mobile app development in terms of quality and costs, one of those items usually carries a bigger weight of priority compared to the other one. If we follow a common way of thinking, a decision-making process about which mobile app development company to turn to somehow leads to the map.
We typically distinguish the following countries: the USA, the UK, India and Ukraine. It should be noted that the only thing we’d like to compare here is pricing. As for the quality of the development services being provided in those countries, we wouldn’t like to judge anything unless it refers to our own services. Simply because stereotypes do not always work and in a nutshell — it depends.
— The US and the UK-based mobile app development companies will deliver an iPhone app for as much as $10k-$50k on average and up to $80k for a database complex enterprise application. You know what? Apps like Twitterrific, taxi app development like Uber and other high end iPhone or Android applications produced in the states require $200k+ out of your wallet;
— In Ukraine the average hourly rate is typically 3 times less than that in the US and therefore your iPhone app total price will differ significantly. The same goes for Android app development cost;
— India is popular for really low prices on app development. For example, you can find a freelance iOS developer for $10 an hour.
Now while you are thinking whether a mobile app is actually worth all that money and what this world is all about, we will continue speaking about size philosophy.
How much does it cost to develop an iPhone, iPad, or Android app?
The size of the project has a defining value as long as the rate and the time are tied together in one bundle. Usually by size we mean functionality or app’s business logic. Besides, app development might surely include:
- design with animation
- unique custom solutions that require technical research
- unexpected outcomes and changes that app development process will likely be experiencing along the way.
According to our most frequent projects estimates:
- a simple iPhone / Android app with basic functionality usually takes up to 2 months to develop and demands about $5k-$10k
- a more complex app that would need more than 2 months of development will end up costing you about $12k-$24k
- a high complexity iPad, iPhone or Android apps with extensive database (by the way we can also provide a backend developer), enterprise level or brand can last for more than 6 months and require accordingly $30k-$50k.
Typically the first app to develop has got to be for iPhone. Android comes next
With growth and development of Android operation system and quick proliferation of Android devices all over the world, this market is becoming more attractive for developers. From our experience, customers still tend to opt for iOS app development first. However, the next step bound to be taken is searching for market opportunities on Google Play.
The obvious reason for choosing iPhone / iPad app development first is that Apple App Store makes more money for a developer than Google Play. Just because iPhone users seem to be more willing to spend money on apps rather than the owners of Android devices, it doesn’t mean that this will work as well for your particular idea.
Does Android app development price differ from the price of apps built on iOS platform?
The truth about apps manufacturing is Android app development cost equals iPhone app development cost. The only thing worth mentioning in this relation is that a variety of Android devices and sizes of screens makes Android development environment harder to work in and, therefore, might take a bit longer to develop for.
At the stage of Android project estimate, we inquire what devices and OS should the Android app support. If there is a need to develop an app for the older versions of Android operation system as well as iOS, the price of the whole project will obviously be higher.
To conclude the whole significance of this «how much does it cost» article, my point is that you can compare the average prices forever, but your particular iOS or Android app must pass the estimate first and only after that you will get the understanding of how much and what for.