How You Can Decrease Your Mobile App Development Cost
Mobile applications are representations of branding, and mobile app are an add-on to your brand and what your business is all about. Over time, mobile apps start of in the personal space of users, and is always with the user through the mobile device, creating its own atmospheric environment for interaction and building rich value for itself. In this article, we provide some tricks on how you can greatly reduce your mobile application development cost without having an adverse effect on quality.
1.The Required Documents for the Mobile App
The biggest difference between a good thing and a great thing is the key attention to detail. When we discuss about mobile application development, the tiniest detail will work amazing for your business! Take this for example, you’ve have a concept for your mobile application, so the next step is explaining the whole concept to your developers and designers. In order to achieve your plan and objective it is crucial to convey the exact message that you’d like created to your designers and developers. It might be easy for you to explain verbally to the team of your concept, but for designers and developers it is extremely difficult! Even if you are not a good writer, make sure the concept and structure of your mobile application is thoroughly written with the required documents. Providing rational and presentable format that references your concept will give the mobile app developers the ability to give a quote and time estimate to build the mobile app you wanted and not what they assumed. Below are what a good mobile application development document should contain:
The Company Background
To begin with, letting the developers know more about the business and you is a good start. Giving them a clear understanding of when did the company start, what is the areas it services, the location it operates in, core and unique strengths, and business values.
Your Mobile App Idea
A brief understanding of what the application is created to do, and why would your target audience go to the app store and download your mobile app. An explanation that includes the core functionalities, such as an app to integrate deliver services providers, and their respective prices to give users the best options. Include what type(s) of platform you want the mobile app on, and also whether you’d like it to be a native app or hybrid app. Cost can be different based on which type of mobile app, and significantly high too!
Features of Your Mobile App
Make sure the features that are absolutely vital for your mobile app are included in the list. You can create a quick R&D of what your competitors are offering so that can be used for describing your app. The best way is providing them with screenshots and comments. For example: Suppose you want to develop a property selling and rent app. The features are :
(iii) Push notifications
(iv) Financial Calculator
(v) Booking and Scheduling with Agents
(vi) Price calculator for sale and rent
(vii) Ratings and review on properties
If you believe your app will need a lot of features and it’s going to cost a lot, creating two columns that are "I need" and "I’d like" to help differentiate the features.
Identify The Sequence For The Mobile App
Every single app has a certain sequence, pretty much what you’d call a user engagement road map. This road map will give the developers an understanding of what the user journey is and the overall scope.
Budget and Time Constraints
It’s always good to give the designers and developers an estimate budget that you expect and also the deadline for how long they have to work on it.
So the overall reason for documentation is to not only save you money, but also reduce the time developers need to have meetings every other day with you to figure out the functions and sequences for your mobile application.
2. Mobile Application Outsourcing
Based on various sources the average cost for building a savvy mobile application is between $150,000 to $450,000, and for a standard mobile application is between $50,000 to $100,000. Outsourcing your mobile application development drastically reduces the total cost of your mobile app to around $10,000 to $40,000. In addition to the cost saving factor, another value for outsourcing is that you have a unlimited access to a global pool of potential outsourcing candidates. With that said, reducing overhead, increasing focus on your core business, outsourcing is one of the most favorite solutions for cost-saving for both enterprises and startups.
3. Cross-Platform Development
When creating an mobile app, which market do you set as your target audience? From the Mobile Operating System Market Share Worldwide stats for 2018, we have Android with 74.69% and iOS with 22.34%. In the past few years, cross-platform app development has grown exponentially, due the one core benefit - code one time and deploy on all platforms. So worrying about creating two different codebase solutions for both platforms with the thought of a huge amount of money to invest in, doesn’t need to be considered at all! Simply build a cross-platform codebase allowing it be deployed on all platforms helps you save money and time. It’s a winning solutions for both parties!
4. Open-Source Frameworks
Configuring something from scratch takes a lot of time and that’s why open source is the best solution as you need to focus on content and not building an operating system! Developing an mobile app from the beginning will cost a lot and also take a lot of time. So chose a framework that fits best with your requirements and helps to significantly reduce development duration. In addition the cost will be greatly reduced as it is a tried and tested template, without bugs, and errors for you forgo investments for fixing them.
5. Testing During Onset
The testing approach is used to get a detailed 360 degree coverage to ensure all features and functionalities are working as expected. Quality assurance is a very important feature to ensure that all bugs are fixed and that you don’t have any hidden costs that are needed to fix the mobile app. Some mobile applications have codependent functions, so testing this in the post phase of the app development will break the current flow of it. A solution is continuous testing since the onset of the mobile app project can help find out anomalies or broken functionalities at early stages, and help fix them at each stage of the mobile development phase.
Your mobile application is an extension of your brand or business, so the correlation between the both must be strong and not a separate entity. Enabling a thorough understanding of the brand and communicating it well verbally and written to the respective team members will help create a smooth mobile application. If you require a mobile application, or have an idea for it, drop us a message and we’ll help you craft and launch your idea!