How Much Is An App?

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HOW MUCH IS AN APP? How much does an app cost? These factors play a significant role in app development: Basically, the development effort and also the costs for the ongoing operation, further developments, etc., depend heavily on what the app should do and how many hours of development work are involved. For example, the cost of an app development company can range from a few hundred to several tens of thousands of euros. Planning (definition of functions and goals): an important phase in which the course is set for efficient development. We spend a lot of time to determine your exact wishes, goals and requirements, and to plan the project accordingly. You benefit from a purposeful, time and cost saving programming. Depending on whether you first come to us with an approximate idea or already have sketches, maybe even a prototype for your app, this of course also affects the startup costs. Design : Again, the effort can be very different. It is best if the customer delivers the design itself and not the app agency creates the graphic design – possibly adjusted to the corporate identity and other style specifications. A cost effective alternative may be to resort to design templates. Especially if the app is less complex and does not place high demands on an individual design. Programming: The hourly prices for the programming amounts to depending on the supplier up to 200 euros per hour, whereby the expenditure for a native Android or iOS Apps is approximately comparable. Depending on how many different platforms the app should be available for, the cost will be lower. These apps are very elaborate: With relatively little effort, app development company can develop different apps: for example, that have only an informative function, map a website or apps with a small, manageable range of functions (eg a computer or a flashlight). Much more extensive and sophisticated is, of course, the development of gaming apps and apps that require server connectivity, where different user profiles, payment systems, APIs, etc. are needed and in-app purchases should be possible. Running costs: As an operator of an app, you also have to reckon with running costs – a developer account at Apple costs about 100 euros / year, with Google about 25 euros / year are due. In addition, many apps charge transaction fees of around 30% of the price. In addition, there may be costs for server / hosting (if the app is connected to a web server). Tip: Save costs with proof of concept, prototype and MVP An app is especially expensive if it is planned wrongly at the beginning, the feasibility is not proven or the user acceptance is in the stars. If you start by investing in a good business plan, feasibility studies, prototypes and an MVP, serious mistakes can be avoided at an early stage. In addition, the economic prospects of success of the app increase significantly. An important factor against the background that most apps are not just designed for fun, but z. Through in-app purchases, subscription models or the like. refinance and finally bring the company profit. Proof of concept The proof of concept is a milestone in project management, which provides the proof of principle of the feasibility of a project. At the end of the PoC is a clear yes or no – with a no is not a reason to throw the gun in the grain. If one examines the concrete reasons why an idea is classified as unworkable, it can in most cases be used to derive helpful clues for a similar, functioning product. For example, a customer wants to have a messenger app developed. That messenger apps work is already well known, this does not need to be proven. The PoC should focus on other questions. For example, after the competition. Is it possible to launch another messenger app that can succeed – despite Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp? What special features could you give this app to stand out from the competition? Things are different for completely new products – here it is important to check the general feasibility. Advantages of a PoC Advantages of the PoC are above all in the risk minimization for a project. The sooner it is clear that an idea is feasible at all, the faster targeted decisions can be made and budgets planned or losses prevented. Also, the proof of concept at least already makes it clear where critical requirements are placed on the app. Last but not least, the PoC facilitates the communication in the project team, which does not have to discuss abstract models, but already has something “tangible” up its sleeve. So a PoC can already have properties and Reflect requirements of the system environment with their dependencies and interfaces and enable initial tests. The prototype In many cases, a positive proof of concept with proof of feasibility leads to the development of a prototype that contains the core functions of the product – in our specific case of an app. In other words, while the first question in the PoC is WHAT you want to develop at all, the prototype is primarily about the HOW. For an app, the prototype z. B. Show first views / wireframes of important areas and provide impressions on the user experience / user-friendliness of the app. The MVP – Minimal Viable Product In order to be able to examine the functionality and performance of the planned app even more concretely and to obtain an overview of potential and improvement needs, in many cases it is advisable to create an MVP – Minimum Viable Product following the prototypes. Literally translated, this means a “minimally viable product,” a very early stage of the planned end product, which shows with little effort whether the original idea works. The customer can once again provide detailed feedback, it can already collect first user experience and use for any enhancements and improvements. This saves time and money, and ensures that no expensive product is completely bypassed by the market, user and customer interests. In addition, gaps in the market can be tested with this procedure; the customer can also gain an early impression of the developer’s competence as a developer, and the basis for other products or applications can already be laid. No matter what you intend to do: It is worthwhile to have a noncommittal conversation with us first. We’re happy to tell you in detail what costs you have to expect for your app development – transparent and fair.

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