Cost of App development

App Development Costs

Important: Transparent disclosure of costs

This article should provide a basic guide to the possible tasks associated with  app development so that you can better evaluate and prioritize the development of your app. A professional app development team should be able to provide a more specific and transparent cost estimate. They will break down the tasks and give you estimates on how much time is required to complete them.

The cost factors of the app

“How much is an app ?” That is a question that one gets frequently as an app developer. Answer to a similar question “What does a car cost?” can only be: “Come on!” . The actual price depends, of course, on the respective service provider and its hourly rates and how exactly each of the factors outlined here is to be implemented. This article is intended to help you to plan the costing blocks and to better understand the costing of technical service providers.

Target platforms

The most important question is: What devices should my app run on?

The reason why this question is so important is that each platform is developed in a different programming language and environment. So you have to develop the app several times, if you want to support multiple platforms. This is definitely the biggest cost factor because it is a multiplier for the overall development costs.

When deciding on this question, it helps to look at the current market distribution. The exact statistics vary, but in reality  Android + iOS dominate together well over 90 percent of the smartphone / tablet market followed by  Blackberry and sometimes Windows Phone.  As a rule of thumb, the question is: Do I want an Android app, an iOS app or both.

Complexity in the user interface: number of layouts

After these basic considerations, it goes to the details. Firstly, one needs to roughly know how many “views” or layouts the app should have. Each of these views must be designed and the layout implemented for each platform. So you should make the operation as simple and intuitive as possible – this not only helps with the budget, it also makes the app more user-friendly and better understandable.

Orientation: Landscape / Portrait

Is the app only to run in portrait, landscape or both modes? If you want to support both orientations, you usually have to create the layouts twice for each user view. This does not increase the amount of programming required, but the effort required to create the user interfaces. Thus, depending on other decisions, the number of user views to be implemented can skyrocket.

For example, if you want to implement an iOS and Android app with 10 screens for both phones and tablets in portrait and landscape, 2 (platform) * 2 (form factor) * 2 (orientation) * 10 = 80 layouts must be created.

There are other things that you’ll need to consider too and we’re going to cover that in our next post on app development costs.

7 reasons why to choose XAMARIN to develop your App

As we saw in previous post, Xamarines a multiplatform development tool, owned by Microsoft, that allows developers to create applications on all market platforms from a single C # programming language.

That is, Xamarin prevents developers from having to use Java to develop an Android or Objetive-C app to develop an app on iOS.

But, in addition to this super advantage that characterizes this tool, we can summarize 7 essential points for which you should choose Xamarin when embarking to develop an app:

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1. REUSE OF CODE:

With Xamarin, it is possible to develop in the three main platforms of the market (iOS, Windows Phone and Android), using the same C # programming language, sharing up to 90% of the code. This implies a considerable saving in time and resources, since it allows us to develop in all three platforms at once and, if we find an error, the correction will be applied in all the platforms when compiling it again.

“Write once, execute on all platforms”

2. NATIVE EXPERIENCES:

Xamarin provides a native user interface, providing access to all mobile hardware. With Xamarin we obtain 100% native applications, just as if they had been encoded in Objective-C, Swift or Java. In short, Xamarin assures us a very good user experience, vital in any app.

3. PROVIDES A TOTAL ACCESS TO THE API OF EACH PLATFORM:

The native platforms are constantly evolving and suffer continuous updates. Xamarin has as many third-party libraries as the native code itself. Therefore, it eliminates all the limitations that we could have regarding updates of the native operating system.

4. COVER ALL THE LIFE CYCLE OF AN APP:

From development, testing until production, thanks to tools such as Xamarin Test Cloud or Xamarin Insights.

5. DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL DEVICES:

Xamarin allows you to develop applications for all types of devices with the same user experience, from smartphones, smartwatch to Smart TV.

6. ADVANTAGES OF C #:

The language in which Xamarin develops, C #, is easy to learn, comprehensive and flexible. Learning is an easy and fast process compared to other programming languages.

7. MAXIMUM PROFITABILITY:

As a company, with Xamarin you have the advantage of not having to hire different teams of developers that master different programming languages ​​for each platform. A single team is valid to develop on all platforms with a native result and a great user experience.

Conclusions:
In short, if you want to develop a mobile application that works for all platforms and does not involve too many costs or efforts, Xamarin is your option. You will get the same user experience and the same features as a native application.