Features & Functionality
Knowing the answer to the question “How much does it cost to build an app:’ is impossible without understanding which features you are going to offer to your users. These are the most significant cost drivers, as some can take months to implement.
The average price to develop an app can shift in either direction based on the number and complexity of features you want to implement. Some of them, like push notifications, can eat up half of your app budget and reach hundreds of thousands of dollars in implementation.
Let’s answer ‘how much does it cost to build an app?’ based on the features you are going to implement.
Those features are also called native device features, as they entail the use of device hardware. The latest smartphones have a lot of built-in capabilities, like internet connection, NFC, Bluetooth, etc. The development of such features can take a lot of time, from as little as 30 hours to 100 hours of ap development.
This is probably the most important feature for the vast majority of modern applications. Depending on its logic and complexity, like the ability to remind a password, it might take 10 to 70 hours to implement them.
The features of this type include SMS, social media sharing, push notification, email, etc. – everything that helps you interact with users. Some features can be implemented with the help of APIs, while others need to be developed from scratch.
Depending on your requirements, it might take 25 to 145 hours to implement such functionality.
Features of this type are popular among apps, including food delivery applications, maps, etc. They can be implemented with the help of GPS and iBeacons, which will take from 10 to 150 hours of development time.
There are a lot of available payment gateways that you can use in your app for in-app payments, like Apple Pay, Google Pay, Stripe, PayPal, credit cards, Payoneer, etc. Depending on the complexity and customization, you might need to spend 20 to 200 hours on such functionality.
- Cross-device synchronization
If you create an application that can be used on iPhone and iPad, it might make sense to add a feature that would allow users to sync data between different devices. The development will take from 20 to 200 hours.
Today, data encryption is a requirement in many countries. If you don’t want to have problems with GDPR and other regulations, consider adding such functionality to your application. The development can take 10 to 80 hours based on the used protocols, level of protection, and your personal requirements.
Here is how much companies usually pay for the implementation of some basic and flagship features: