We are often asked how much a mobile application is worth waiting to have a number or at least a range. The answer to this question is tricky because it depends on many parameters that we need to know to make a fair estimate.

This is equivalent to attempting to answer the question “How much does a house cost?”. Do you already have the ground? Would you draw the plans yourself? Is there already a construction to be demolished before? How many floors do you want? What quality of materials? Etc.

But then, what are the parameters to take into account to estimate the budget of a native mobile application? We suggest that you try to clarify this with budget ranges broken down by level.

  1. Your Project!

Designing an application is not just about programming. It’s a whole process of understanding, design, iterations, production, testing, piloting … A whole technical project!

Expertise and software architecture

Starting with understanding your project, from the application’s stake in your strategy or business model. Without necessarily having to pass an advisory service, it is important for an application developer to situate the interface to be designed with one intention and for one or more specific targets.

Then we need to know your technical needs and evaluate them to define the software architecture: the technologies that will be used, the programming languages, the functionalities to be realized, estimate the technical feasibility according to your system, Information, and quality, desired performance and fluidity, etc.

Mobile Design

The next step is efficiency: it involves an efficient UX / UI designer who will analyze the project and design its navigation path, the tree structure and the position of each element in the application. Once this mock-up has been validated, we move on to the graphic creation phase, which begins with iterations, client validation and the creation of all necessary elements. All this takes time.

Development of mobile application (s)

Then only the technical development begins. However, depending on the complexity of your information system and the desired mobile application, the programming time will be longer or shorter.

  • What compatibility do you want on different OS and screen sizes?
  • What features?
  • Do you want an online or offline application?
  • Do you need a back office to manage your content independently?
  • Which statistics do you want to generate?

All this creates different development times and skills, which impacts the tariff.

Maintenance and evolution of the application

Once the application comes online, how much maintenance does your project need? To prevent your users from getting tired of your application, it is generally advisable to do an update every three months per operating system. This can, therefore, have a certain weight in the balance and above all an annual recurrence.

  1. Approximate Prices For A Mobile Application

Let us try to fix an order of magnitude and imagine approximate price ranges:

  • The budgets announced correspond only to the design and technical production of the mobile application part and do not take account of the whole back-office part (API, information system, etc.);
  • We speak of a native development of professional quality, respecting the good practices of the mobile development such as the Apple and Android guidelines.

Splitting into four levels of mobile application complexity:

  • Simple app: about two screens, simple information display without advanced processing.
  • Simple App +: simple application of about 6 pages depending on a user account (registration, login, profile management, etc.)
  • Intermediate: corresponds to about fifteen screens, a typical offline or push functionality and including dynamic pages requiring connections to API points, video playlists, a calendar, a list of detailed records with pages And possibly mapping, etc.
  • App complex: about thirty screens and many features that will change according to user profile

Your project can be in this typology or between two levels. In any case, the more screens, dynamic content, features (Bluetooth, GPS, push, offline, 3D, PDF generation, etc.), the more your application will take a long time to develop. This development time will, therefore, be invoiced according to the skills requested and the expertise of your service provider. 

  1. Maintenance Contract For A Mobile Application

As you know, mobile technologies are evolving very quickly. It is, therefore, necessary to keep its application up to date in order to keep its performance and to be compatible with the new terminals and the rules set up by the Apple and Google companies since they constantly add them to oblige Mobile application providers to keep up with evolutions.

For example, Apple has recently declared that iOS apps not updated in time to support new terminals and OS can be removed from the App Store. To retain and retain your users, you have every interest in enriching your interface with new services, contents, and features.