Everybody in a rush to cut the cost of mobile app development to leverage the maximum ROI out of the app. There are many ways to do it, but some are more viable and feasible to implement.
Mobile app development is a fragmented niche for all stakeholders. Variations in mobile OS, mobile devices, mobile app development technologies, mobile app development tools, and mobile app marketplaces lead to immense complications.
Mobile app development companies have to invest in app development facilities like hardware, tools, OS, networking, testing tools, real devices, technologies, training, skill sets, and most importantly constant updates.
In comparison to the web development, investment on application development is huge for app development companies. Therefore, mobile appl development process has high hourly rates or fixed rates for a project.
Sometimes the cost goes in thousands of dollars and demands a substantial amount of time.
Thus, very few businesses or organizations can afford the native mobile applications developed on various mobile OS platform with seamless user experiences.
It is a general belief that cheaper has always low quality so going to cheap app development may ruin your app chances. However, it may true for some cases, but not always in all circumstances.
There are many ways to cut the cost of your mobile app development without compromising the quality of the app. Many experts have written on the same subject and several times it has been asked on Quora like Q-A platforms.
Unfortunately, there are not satisfactory approaches recorded or anyone has taken pains to depict the actual picture of the market.
Some valuable Clues to cut the Cost of Mobile App Development
Include Essentials Only
Mobile developers used to charge the app design and development cost based on the number of features and functionality included in the app. For each feature and function, they have to develop a module in an interface that requires UI elements to design, coding for interactions, and integration with other app functionality or third-party services.
For the more complicated feature, you need to pay more in terms of rates and time spending on it.
Therefore, a smart way to cut the cost of app development is to reduce the number of app features and complications in functionality. Each business is unique so the targeted audience.
Therefore, comparing our app with the competitor app in terms of features and functionality may not help you much to please your unique target audience. Thus, the best way is to run target audience requirement research before finalizing the app features and functionality.
“It is better your app has only essential features and functions it may reduce the app development cost without missing quality.”
Think of Hybrid App
If you are small to medium business and your mobile app demands exclusive user experiences by accessing all native features and functions, you should bank of the native mobile app for different mobile OS platforms.
If your business or your target audience permits to think over cross-platform app with some compromise on native access, you can reduce the app development cost significantly.
Cross-platform frameworks provide app development technologies and tools to create a single code base that can work on multiple mobile OS platforms seamlessly and with native-like user experiences if the latest technologies have applied.
It is Ionic like Angular JS based frameworks and Xamarin like C# like standard technologies, which are the best bet to win the users by simulating native mobile experiences in your app with highly low cost and shorter timelines.
“If possible, avoid native app development for each app platform and think of cross-platform app by implementing best hybrid app technologies and frameworks.”
Take Design First Approaches
As per standard app development processes, the creation of wireframes and prototypes before jumping on final design process are used to practices in almost all reputed and leading mobile app development agencies around the world.
Wireframes, with interactive and mobile-friendly tools, provide you rough ideas regarding your mobile app concept. Prototyping converts those into design reality.
Apply modern interactive prototyping tools and check app interactions and flow of screens thoroughly. It helps you to save from frequent and unwanted modifications during the app programming, testing, and deployment stages.
High-fidelity prototypes provide you simulation of final products with limited interactions to save your time and resources on modification frequently during the app development process.
“Prototypes can cut the cost of app development in sum.”
Go for MVP
The concept of Minimum Viable Product goes hand-in-hand with agile methodology where iteration is the best way to decrease the overall app development cost.
MVP provides minimum features at first place for evaluating the market demand of your product or app. With back-and-forth approaches, you can determine which features are working and based on it. You can add secondary features in the next iterations.
“With MVP, you can cut unwanted features and functionality from your app concept and reduce the development cost with desired success.”
Leverage Cloud Services
Basic cloud services provide high-end mobile app development infrastructure at substantially cheaper rates and without prior investment. For instance, IaaS for infrastructure, PaaS for the platform, and SaaS for ready to use the software.
Besides these, MBaaS (Mobile Backend as a Service) is providing backend, DBaaS provides Database as a Service, and DaaS provides Data as a Service to reduce your burden over required services and integrations.
If your mobile app development project is of large scale, you can reduce the development cost in thousands of dollars and quick turnaround in bonus.
“Cloud service a cheaper option for large-scale & complicated app development.”
Save on Development, Not on Developers
A general perspective on app development cost is to search for low-cost app development firm or hire app developers with the lowest possible rates. In due course, many businesses are comparing quotes and hourly rates of developers to find the cheapest solution.
Unfortunately, it ends with mediocre companies doing mediocre app development jobs. Cheaper app developers end with hidden costs or agenda to provide sub-quality products.
Therefore, never think of hiring cheaper developers or App Development Company to reduce the development cost. Instead, take measures and advice provided by your app developers or the company. It may help you to save on the entire development process without cutting the rates or charge of the developers.
“Developers with high rates may give you advice on how to cut the cost of development without affecting quality at the end.”
Consider Outsourcing with Reliable Partner
Many app entrepreneurs and businesses think offshore development companies are always providing low-quality work and avoid them by hearing horror stories regarding bad experiences.
It is true that all businesses and developers in outsourcing industries are not faring players, but the number of bad players is significantly low. If you are able to find the right outsourcing app development partner with solid reputation and portfolio, you can win the app cost battle at first place.
Reliable outsourcing companies have cheaper development infrastructure and talents that you may hardly imagine in your developed countries.
Therefore, India like outsourcing hubs have attained high reputations and provided viable alternatives for offshore work.
“Leverage the high-end app development benefits by knotting ties with a dependable outsourcing partner.”
We have visited some limited options to reduce the cost of mobile app development without missing the quality in the current post. In fact, there are many other alternatives available to cut the cost and might apply to particular situations or business niches.
Just contact us to reduce your mobile the app development cost with high-end app development for your business.
Hemant Parmar is a veteran mobile app consultant. He is co-founder of the company. Thanks to his prolonged exposure to mobile application development projects for myriads of niches and industries, he is capable of providing high-end mobile app development consultancy. He is devoted to providing honest and transparent consultancy services for clienteles looking for righteous guidance to augment their niche services/products using the latest mobile technologies.