How much does it cost to develop an Android app?
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A couple things to keep in mind when planning out your Android app’s budget

“Why not develop an Android app?” – ­such a thought in our time comes to minds of many. Mobile applications are now undergoing the same evolution, as the websites at one time had: once they were a luxury, now became the norm for virtually any business. In addition, much more people now employ an idea of developing an application, because every business, entrepreneur, brand, startup or even just a person with an idea can find an audience for it in the vast world of tablets and smartphones. However, there is a big gap between the idea and the finished application.

How much does it cost to build an Android app?

Turning to the development companies, customers are most of all interested in the cost of their services. The estimated cost of the project, deadlines and quality of implementation are the main determining factors when choosing a contractor. If the quality of work can be appraised from the portfolio, customer reviews and the reputation of the studio in the industry, getting the clear answers about the development timeframe and cost at this stage is much more difficult.

That’s because the mobile applications development is a large set of interrelated challenges, each stage of which can be influenced by unpredictable factors. Calculating the exact project timeframe is not possible without the precise understanding of the future app’s structure and design. And the design, in its wake, cannot be created without the requirement’s specification, which is shaped through direct and unobstructed discussion between the customer and the contractor.

That’s why, at the introduction stage, the contractor usually can give only the approximate custom Android app development price, judging by their previous similar projects. Evaluation is made by the planned common elements of application: what sort of mobile platforms (iOS, Android, Windows Phone native, web, cross platform) will you make the application for, what types of devices (smartphones, tablets) must it support, if the server-­side backend is needed, required APIs and frameworks, third­ party services integration, etc.

At the next stages ­ development of design and technical specification, the project assessment is gradually clarified and commonly, by the start of coding stage, the contractor can estimate the final mobile app development cost and the possible risks.

Image Credit: Erminsoft PR

Image Credit: Erminsoft PR

The team

Only a genius could alone create a high quality application: a team of 3­4 people at least is needed to ensure the needed result.

Talents needed to build an app:

● Project Manager, PM – the CEO of the team, so to say.

● UI / UX Designer – responsible for app’s habitus and the impressions user will receive.

● Coder – responsible for the app’s inner structure.

● QA­ engineer– responsible for the testing of the app and its faultless operation.

What are the price estimations?

The possible budget price may vary widely depending on the project complexity. Let’s review an estimates of average cost to develop an Android app:

● Elementary apps average at $25000 to­ $35000.

● Standard apps average at $45000 to­ $55000.

● Complex apps average at $55000 to­ $100000.

● High­tech apps average at $75000 ­to $150000.

To reduce the cost to make an Android app and evade creating an unpopular product, MVPs are often used.

What is a MVP and what qualifies as the MVP?

If you have an idea of the application, it is not necessary to spend months until its full development ­with the help of the minimum viable product (MVP), you can test how successful your idea is, what direction it should develop to, its advantages and disadvantages.

The application development is hard work, and you can never be sure how well it worked before you release the product.

However, there is a method to test your idea – MVP. MVP’s main value is that you can spend less time on design and development, as well as receive feedback from your users as early as possible. All this will help to understand in which direction you need to go and what should be improved.

There’s no strict definition of MVP, and, in any case, it can not be given based on the number of functions or technology type.

MVP is the main tool to assess the underlying assumptions, find out their pros and cons and minimize the risks that differ depending on the characteristics of a particular company or product. Sometimes, MVP can even be a non­physical product.

The word “minimum” in the term “minimum viable product” indicates that it is essential to obtain information with minimal time and resources. If you plan to spend weeks or even months creating your MVP, there won’t be any “minimum” in such product. If you cannot explain your MVP concisely, it also means that the product is not “minimum”.

Why is it more expensive to develop for Android?

Statistics shows that on average, Android projects contain 40% more code. In addition, 30% more time is spent in the development. It is unlikely that the problem lays in the competence of a particular platform developers. So why is Android development so slow? It is a combination of several factors:

● More code ­- Applications for Android are written in Java, which contains more instruction words, and they are on average longer than their counterparts in Objective­C or Swift. Very often, more code means more work and more potential failures.

● Emulators are slower – Even with the use of GenyMotion, the Android emulators are generally slower than those for iOS, and it slows down the entire development process.

● Fragmentation – there are lots and lots of devices, which need to be tested for compatibility, special bugs that are unique to a single vendor or a specific device exist. Another notable complexity riser is a wide variety of screen resolutions and pixel densities, which means that a designer has to construct carefully an interface version for every supported screen size.

Final thoughts

With the end of the application development period, the maintenance stage begins. In a constantly changing environment and consecutive appearance of the new operating system versions, smartphones and features, the continued application support allows it to remain competitive in the market, respond to customers’ feedback and gain benefits. The progressive application functionality expansion affects its ratings and reviews, and this in turn positively affects the entire economy of the application and its Play Market position.

The marketplace competition and the challenges your businessis faces daily will dictate conditions for the continuous development and improvement of the application. The correctly developed and constantly updated application’s impact on your business will rise with time, its role as the sale channel and loyalty inspiration will grow too.

Why not ride the success wave today then? Join the drive! Best the competition! We hope this will help you get a sense of Android app development pricing.

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Max Hornostaiev

About Max Hornostaiev


Max Hornostaiev, CTO of Erminesoft. Being a CTO of Erminesoft now I always keep in memories my first programming experience at school and university to keep the same devotion. In 2015 it’s my 10th year working in IT – now I’m sure the key for the growth is knowledge sharing. That is why I lead our tech team with this in mind, helping them, giving advice and teaching.

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  • Really, great article, Very helpful for android user…

  • Steven Wexelstein

    It’s often not as simple as this! Definition, process and quality are as big an effort as the actual hourly development rate. We have products in market all over the world and compete geographically where price varies significantly and quality becomes the better and bigger measure.

  • The cost for the development of an Android app totally depends on what you want to incorporate in your application & which type of application you want to build like a native app, hybrid app or HTML App, etc. The cost has been calculated according to the functionality of the application that you are integrating into your Android app.

  • Every app is different and so is their cost. It’s hard to quote a single cost of two mobile app developments of same type. They are the features and functionalities which decide the cost of a mobile app development project. But generally an app may cost somewhere from $1,000 to 100,000 and more.

  • Very interesting information, it’s hard to put a cost on an app without working through the
    steps of detailed planning to know what the client require. You need to craft a
    mobile experience which combines the functionality of your product/service with
    cutting edge relevant techniques for user experience and engagement.

  • It was a nice article. Thanks