We are no longer too unfamiliar with the concept of mobile application development. Most businesses globally have been implementing digital transformation to digitize business, expand the scale, reach the audience and improve customer service via modern digital media. It can be seen that application development especially mobile application plays an active role in the development of businesses today.
So on, creating a mobile application requires a team of engineers, professional developers with highly specialized experience to maximize the possibility of success and shorten the time to completion. The salary to hire a talented employee with good experience to serve the company is not cheap at all, or if your business can accept the cost of owning talent, I am sure that not only Hire 1 talent but a lot of talents for each different project, even each different stage.
But luckily, there is a less expensive, budget-friendly way to ensure your business has access to high-quality human resources – Hire a development team.
Price is one of the most important deciding factors when buying goods and services. Regardless of your budget, you always want to find a cheaper option without compromising on quality. This is especially relevant for an expensive service sector as an IT industrial.
Developer prices can range from $10 to $100 per hour. Does this mean a $100 developer is better for you? Or should you perhaps choose something in between, say, a $50 developer?
This is a difficult question to which no one can give a direct answer; up to you and your needs. It is important to have a clear understanding of them and have the necessary market information. That is exactly what we will cover in this article.
Factors affecting the cost of hiring a mobile application development team
Mobile platform—native or hybrid?
Need a native app—whether it’s Android, iOS, or Windows—or are you looking to create a hybrid mobile, web, or cross-platform app? This can affect costs for a few reasons. First, creating a native app locks you into that particular platform. You are creating a codebase written for that mobile platform and that mobile platform only. This means that creating native apps for each platform instantly adds to a project’s progress and budget. As businesses want applications that can run on multiple platforms, many turn to the web, hybrid, or cross-platform options. With one version of your apps for all devices and operating systems, you’re saving time and money — and updating can be easier. But you should take into account that cross-platform apps are a bit slower and the app will still need to be optimized for each device despite being promised to build once and run anywhere.
The complexity and deliverables.
Make sure that you have recorded all of your application specifications correctly. This makes it easy for your app developer to give an estimate of how long it will take to build an app and, more importantly, how much it will cost to build it. Almost all app developers already know before they see the spec sheet and smart feature requests, especially for those with a lot of experience building apps.
Determine what a mobile developer will do as simpler app development may incur lower rates and shorter timelines. Are you migrating your mobile app code to a newer version, such as Swift to Swift 3, or updating your Android app to Kotlin? Are you making a few updates or adding integrations to resubmit? Or, are you starting an application from scratch?
We list below the levels of complexity of mobile app development, which directly affect the cost:
|300 hours||400-900 hours||900+ hours|
|<50.000 USD||50.000-150.000 USD||150.000+ USD|
|Existing app: bug fixes, new features, or patches needed||OS Updates||New app|
|Designer onboard||New version: with patches for resubmission||Requires: API integration|
|Testing||UI Design Updates||Security|
Mobile app development projects can take anywhere from around 300 hours to 900 hours or more — it all depends on what you need in terms of design, integration, and other functionalities. In other words, it depends on the complexity of the application.
For example, a simple utility application may not require server-side integration, but a real-time messaging application will need back-end integration and database support. In more detail, here are some rough guidelines to give you some metrics to work with.
- From $10,000 to $50,000 – Basic applications such as calculators or clocks;
- $50,000 to $100,000 – Applications that use data consumption such as weather apps, perpetual calendars;
- $300,000 – User authentication required (basic profile) to use the application: contacts, messages, editing images, videos, etc.
- $500,000 – Social media and dating apps like Facebook, Twitter or Tinder, etc.
- $200,000 to $1 million – E-commerce application featured for banks, businesses, etc.
- Over $1.5 million – On-demand apps like Grab, Lazada, Shopee, etc.
The numbers above aren’t a specific convention, but they’re a fair representation and yardstick of how much you can get compared to the built-in features of the app. Game apps also typically cost more to develop depending on complexity.
The key here is to determine the complexity of your application right from the start and budget for the unexpected.
Developer experience, location, and rate
The experience and reputation of the developer also determine the price of the products and services they provide. A service provider that is in the process of branding will be more competitively priced than the experienced.
Geographic location and local market conditions can also affect developer rates. The price range is very wide due to the heterogeneity of the global economy. Neighboring countries belonging to an economic region are also not the same in terms of their pricing policies. Countries in the region with less interaction, the wider the price difference.
According to Statista statistics, the median cost of mobile application development in select regions worldwide in 2015, by platform is clearly shown in the chart:
Based on the level and level of digital technology adoption, it can be seen that the cost to hire mobile application developers in developing countries like Indonesia will be much cheaper than in countries with high growth rates. in the same region as Singapore.
Tips for hiring a developer
Evaluate developer portfolios and get to know their clients/projects. You can even request a list of their current and former customers directly. Check the website if any exist. Check out the UI/UX aspect of the apps they’ve made – how well they look and engage users. They say user experience is half the success of your app.
Their communication skills
Determine how you will communicate during development. Is there a time zone difference? What communication tools will you use – email, Skype, phone, etc. Can I call at any time? How can you monitor progress? All these details are important.
Learn the developer’s fees and payment terms. First, you may have a budget that you cannot exceed. So you better exchange and clarify any hidden fees, overtime, additional costs. Second, don’t choose the cheapest option. You need a good product, not an average or buggy product, that’s for sure.
With the information listed above, believe that we have given you a better overview before deciding to hire a software development service provider. For financial investors, the cost is always a top priority to consider before embarking on their projects. Therefore, it is extremely important to hire a reputable software service provider to ensure output quality but still focus on cutting and minimizing unwanted costs.
If the above really give you a headache, please contact us immediately at Groove Technology, coming to us, we not only provide code but also support consulting to prevent risks and minimize costs incurred in the development process. We understand the importance of the profit factors for each business model and bring the best solution for you. All you need to do is contact us and explain exactly what you want for your application, the rest is our mission to help you achieve the best product.
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