How much does it cost to develop a Mobile App ?

Today almost everyone owns a smartphone and I can bet most you reading this would have played Angry birds, Temple run and other most popular games. Not alone games but also apps like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Whats app and so on.

Mobile apps are categorized into

  • Games
  • Utility apps
  • Fun apps
  • Social media apps etc

Now to the main question, how much does it cost to develop a Mobile Application? To be honest the answer would be “it depends”. The cost would entirely depend on the type of mobile application one want to develop.

Recently happened to read an article on OS X Daily about iPhone Development Costs which suggests that the development cost for small apps (apps with basic functionality) would be around $ 3000 to $8000 and more complex apps (which might have to deal with database management system) and game apps the development cost would vary from $50000 to $150000 or more.

As said earlier it all depends.

Also there are plenty of do it yourself tools available online but one would need to have the enough knowledge of mobile application development to get it out there in the app world. One can develop the mobile app with DIY methods or hire someone or outsource the development to an experienced app development house.

Also it would be a mistake if one thought the design and development of the mobile app is a one-time affair.  A mobile app developed today needs to be updated according to the future change in the requirement and also the operating system updates.  If the strategy is to develop a cross platform mobile app then it is very important to identify the right frameworks for the same.

Apple Lists Top Apps Of 2012

As the year gets closer to its end, we have the list of top apps for iPhone and iPad announced by Apple. With more than 7,00,000 apps listed on iTunes store, it must have been a tough task for editors to name the best among all. Back in the year 2011, Apple had announced Instagram to be the top iPhone application of the year, and it was Snapseed that received the honour of being the best iPad app. This year, however, Apple has managed to stun users to an extent. While some of the names on their list are obvious, others are pleasant surprises.

This year the editors have chosen Action Movie FX as the iPhone App of the Year, which is a bit of a surprise. This is an app that allows users to add Hollywood style video effects to their videos. From adding cracking missiles to car crashes, this app from Bada Robot Interactive is free to use with a host of addable special effects, even some with HD.

The top app for iPad has been given to Fifty Three’s Paper. This is a notebook app that had also received a design award as well at the Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this year. Again, this is a paid app that comes with varied kinds of purchases that will enhance its use. The second spot was bagged by Action Movie FX.

Among the free apps for iPhone, YouTube managed to get the top spot, pushing Instagram to the second slot. Draw Something Free, Flashlight, Facebook, and Pandora Radio bagged third, fourth, fifth and sixth spot respectively. Others who made to the top-ten list included Twitter, Skype and Temple Run. As for iPad free apps, Skype retained the top slot with Temple run remaining a runner up, and Facebook finished on the third spot.

Angry Birds Space managed to remain on the top of the list of paid applications, while the second paid app that garnered positive reviews was WhatsApp Messenger. Draw Something managed to retain the third spot. Other apps on the paid list of app include Camera+, Where’s My Water?,Angry Birds Star Wars, Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds and Bejeweled. Game of the year was given to Rayman Jungle Run, which the editors felt was a game worth the excitement. Among the paid iPad apps, Angry Birds Space HD again topped the list, while Where’s My Water? And Pages finished at second and third spot respectively.

For many the list was surprising because Apple giving the top app for iPhone to a special effect app was certainly unexpected. Among the others, Instagram that is with Facebook now remains at the second slot, to be expectedly topped by YouTube. The popularity of Angry Birds is probably the most unprecedented ones among all apps, and in spite of being a paid app, it continues to rule the chart. With the new list, some of the much unexpected apps are expected to see a boost in downloads in coming days.

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