There are many smart devices and systems on the market, but only a few operating systems are used. Android and iOS share the majority of the mobile device market. In the last few years, all other systems like Symbian, Windows Phone and Blackberry OS have been driven out by the top dogs. Therefore, mobile apps should only be developed for the platforms of Google and Apple. If the application is also to be run on normal computers, a program for the Windows operating system must also be developed.
Otherwise, the individual platforms differ in the programming language. The employed developers must therefore master the individual languages so that a high-quality product is created in the end. For example, if you want to hire Ionic developers, they should also be proficient in Cordova and Angular. The tests also differ. With Android, many different devices, display sizes, hardware buttons and sensors have to be checked. With iOS, however, there are only a few variants of the devices. For this reason, the mobile app development costs for iOS may even be cheaper, as the test period is much shorter. Application programming for Windows desktop PCs is usually the most expensive.
In order to reach as many users as possible, a hybrid app can be programmed. This type of app can also run in the browser. Since this saves half the work, the web app development costs are significantly lower. At this point, the decision between a native app or a multi-platform app must always be made depending on the target group. If this is large enough, a separate application should be programmed for each platform.
The costs of developing a mobile app vary widely. It doesn't just depend on the operating system, scope, functions and support, but also on the country of the team. These influencing factors must be taken into account in the calculation. If an external agency is hired, it usually creates a detailed analysis and a concrete offer with all the costs for app development. The following examples can be helpful for a rough overview.
According to a study, the development of iOS and Android apps is the cheapest. Programming an application for Windows costs the most. On average, it is just under $30,000. Tools like this can help with rough pre-planning.
For a simple app without complex functions such as login, personal profiles and rating systems, freelancers charge $3,000, agencies receive an average of $8,000. If the application has a few more functions and a nice design, customers have to pay up to $30,000 with an agency. If third-party systems need to be connected, a backend needs to be developed or the security standard is high, the price can quickly rise to $175,000.
When it comes to developing a mobile app for Android or iOS, the programmers have a choice. You can develop a separate app for both systems or you can use the advantages of a web-based app. Both variants offer different advantages and disadvantages.
A web app is a specially programmed website. This can be called up on any device with a browser and adapts to the environment. Developers and companies only have to develop an app once, but it still works on almost every device. This means that the cost of app development can be massively reduced. At the same time, more users who can use the app and its functions are reached. Another cost reduction is the elimination of the commission in the Google or Apple app stores. When developers program an app, sales and marketing cost extra. At the same time, app development costs are saved due to the simplicity.
In order to develop web apps, developers need knowledge of HTML5 and other web technologies. However, HTML5 has the advantage of offline storage. This means that an app that has already been loaded can also be used without an internet connection. Web apps are also found with a Google search and can be used directly without additional installation. A shortcut on the home screen as a bookmark replaces the conventional app icon.
While web apps can be published quickly, there are some drawbacks. Certain hardware functions cannot be used and access to sensors is restricted. In addition, push notifications can only be implemented to a limited extent if developers program the app. Web apps reach their limits with larger calculations, high storage space requirements or the display of 3D. Native apps can be used better here.
Native apps are developed for one operating system. This only works on a few devices and must be adapted for every other OS. The cost of a native app is a bit higher, especially if Android and iOS are to be supported.
The advantage of native apps lies in their performance. Complex tasks and high-performance processes are processed quickly. In addition, all sensors and hardware elements can be integrated into the app. Native apps are more suitable when a lot of data is stored and processed, as there is no limit to the memory. If the app convinces many users, the reviews in the app stores can generate new users.
For a low cost, developers should create an app from a website and later develop the native applications.
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