Are you planning to create a new innovative product, but don’t know how to estimate the cost of building, developing and maintaining a web or native application? We will try to answer your questions. In this article, we will zoom in on the most important aspects of software development that directly affect the cost of building a business application.

In the software industry, it is difficult to point to a general, fixed rate for software development. The cost of an application depends on the complexity of the specification, the needs of the business, the expected functionality, or the necessary integrations. To make an estimate of the cost of an application, therefore, many elements must be considered. We will discuss this based on the differences between mobile and web applications.

Business application pricing – what factors affect the cost of construction?

In order to prepare a quote, a software service provider will need to take into account a number of different factors that affect the cost of a web or mobile dedicated application.

Application functionalities: functionalities can refer to payment modules, geolocation or authentication sessions. The more features to integrate into an application, the more effort and time it takes to program.

Interface (UX / UI): the interface can be simple or complex. The more sophisticated the app design, the more time and skill will be required to implement it.

Operating system: the cost of developing an app for an Android smartphone is not similar to the cost of developing an iOS app. Any native mobile application requires, must be written in a specific programming language, dedicated to the operating system. 

Software house / freelancer: the choice of provider also affects the cost of app development. Each software developer has its own individual price list. The hourly rates adopted are based on experience, application development techniques and the methods and technologies used by the developers. All these aspects have a direct impact on the time it takes to build the software, and thus on the budget it takes to complete the project.

Launching the application: when deciding to build a new application, it is also important to consider the marketing costs associated with launching the software. These expenses are necessary to guarantee the visibility and positioning of the product in app stores, among others.

Undeniably, the biggest impact on the cost of building a dedicated app is its type. Depending on which devices the application is to run on, developers must use appropriate solutions. So let’s take a look at what makes the difference in terms of the cost of creating a mobile or web application.

How much does it cost to develop a mobile and native app?

Native mobile apps are built for a specific operating system, such as Windows or in the case of mobile devices, Android and iOS. This has a direct impact on both the time and cost of building the application. However, native apps provide a number of important benefits, in particular: a very good user experience, high performance, bandwidth and, most importantly, the ability to work offline.

Pricing of a web application

Tailor-made web applications can be accessed by users from any web browser and can therefore run on a variety of devices, without the need to download and install software. What’s more, a web application is created only once. There is no need to write separate code for each operating system, which also reduces the time needed for development and affects the price of a web application. However, it should be kept in mind that the development of these applications is limited in terms of access to certain device functions. 

Software for your business

The choice of the type of application depends, in particular, on the budget you have and the company’s expectations of the new product. Defining these should be done before presenting the time and cost of developing your application. A reliable analysis allows you to choose the best tools and solutions for your platform. If you need an application and are looking for a reliable partner, our highly skilled developers are at your service. At Da Vinci Studio, we deliver results-oriented web applications to support your business growth. Contact our team and let us help you achieve your goals.

December 21, 2022 Web Applications