so much depends
a red wheel
– William Carlos Williams
Lots of people have great ideas they want developed into mobile apps. Queries about our custom mobile application development services almost always include a question about cost. When asked to name a price, a software developer answers, "It depends." It is the correct answer. However, it's a frustrating Q & A for both parties.
What does cost depend upon?
We've had to learn the answer ourselves. I first asked and answered the question, How much does a mobile app cost?, in November of 2010, three months after the launch of our first mobile app, a directory with contact information connecting the people and companies featured on Handshake 2.0. I answered the question again a year and a half later in How Much Does a Mobile App Cost? A Case Study and shared the story of the design and development of our mobile app, Thought Full(R).
The way to help get a specific, accurate quote from a mobile app developer is to figure out exactly how you want the app to work for the user, screen by screen, and create a model of the app with mockups – renderings of the idea in images – to show to the developer.
For example, here's a screenshot of the folder that contains early mockups of Thought Full, designed by Kelsey Sarles.
The greatest factor determining how much a mobile app costs is how quickly and easily the developer can start coding. The more time it takes for a project manager or a developer to figure out what you want and what you want for the user to do with the app, the more the app will cost. The time you spend thinking about your app and making mockups to show how your great idea for a mobile app will really work, the less your app will cost and the sooner your users will have it in their hands.
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