The Basic Steps For Mobile App Development, The Costs & The Profitability


Mobile apps have become extremely high in demand in this day and age of technology. Mobile Developers are continually building new apps for their clients and providing services that business need.  In order to launch a great app, it takes a great deal of hard work and time.

In order to deliver an excellent product, you must have a clear understanding of the entire process of development.  This information will help you understand the basics understanding and get you on the right path.

Understanding Building A Mobile App:

As mentioned, it takes a great deal of work and time to create a really good app.  The process for the back-end will probably take you up to 10 weeks to complete while the front-end will take around 8 weeks.  So, as you can see, building a standard native app takes time.

Setting Your Goals:

First, ask yourself why you are building a particular app.  Once you have defined your goals, you will be able to focus on the entire project and not go off track.

Back-End Development:

Start with defining the structure of your back-end.  Setting up your structure will form a building block for your new application.  Next, organize user accounts and authenticate them, which is referred to as user management.  Then perform logic development on the server side to create the application’s back-end.

You must define the user’s experience and how a user will run the application through customization.  Now you must understand that your clients expect to have access and be able to share data on the internet so it’s time to perform data integration.

In order to engage your clients with this app, it’s time for push notification service development.

A push notification is simply a message that shows up on a device.  Publishers can send them anytime and users do not have to be on their devices in order to get them.


Front-End Development:

With data caching, you are creating the data storage in order for your app to run faster.    Synchronize your app data, and then bring the entire data together so it’s available offline.

Now you must perform mock-ups and wireframing development in order to define the UI image.

You must design the UI and convert it into an active UI that will  be applied to your app.  Test the UI and make any needed changes.

Once all of these steps have been performed, it’s time for testing.  You need to test the app in order to get rid of any bugs which will give you the perfect app.  After testing, getting rid of bugs, it’s time to deliver your application.

Time Spent To Develop An App & The Costs:

This will vary from a very simple app to a very high-end, versatile one.  Time wise you are looking at approximately 300 hours to over 900 hours.  The amount you will spend creating a mobile app will depend on the features, your experience, and your hourly rate.  A simple app will run between $3,000 to $8,000, a highly versatile app will be around $50,000 to $150,000, and a gaming app between $10,000 to $250,000.


Globally in 2012, the revenues of mobile apps were $18,56 billion dollars.  In 2017, the amount is predicted to reach $76,52 billion dollars.

How Many Apps Are Out There:

Before 2016, there were 1,6 million apps available for Android and 1,5 million for iOS.  Today, there is a massive increase in app development that has reached beyond 2 million apps per store.

What The Future Holds:

Since 2015, mobile apps and micro apps have become extremely profitable.  The profitability will continue to grow due to:

The popularity of indoor location services

Voice will be the leading UI

The leading spot on the market will continue to be native mobile apps

There will be an increased confidence for security

As of right now, there is no clear definition of IoT, so that shows great potential in the future.

Now that you understand the amount of time and work that is involved in building an app, the costs involved and the profitability; you should start developing and turning your dreams into realities.

For your convenience, here is a quick breakdown of what it will cost you to build apps in different countries:



North America: $10 to $225 (averaging $168)

The United Kingdom: $32 to $167 (averaging $70)

Australia: $32 to $142 (averaging $110)

India: $8 to $80 (averaging $26)

Eastern Europe: $20 to $97 (averaging $35)

South America: $21 to $107 (averaging $34)

For iOS:

North America: $10 to $250 (averaging $150

United Kingdom: $37 to $175 (averaging $70)

Australia: $35 to $150 (averaging $110)

India: $10 to $77 (averaging $30)

Eastern Europe: $23 to $100 (averaging $35)

South America: $24 to $120 (averaging $43)

Hope this all helps!

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