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Are mobile apps really that expensive to build?

Discussion in 'General Programming Chat' started by SyZygy, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. SyZygy

    SyZygy Senior Member

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    I have a client that wants to make some iPhone and Android apps, so i made a few researches on the prices and came up with offers from 1000$ up to 5000$.

    I did not know that they are so expensive :S

    For an app that doesn't do anything special is 1000$ way to much, I mean, you build up a site and SEO it quite well for that price, and then triple your ROI.

    So, where do you guys make your apps and what are the prices?
     
  2. KraftyKyle

    KraftyKyle Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    First thing that came up on google...
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    http://androidforums.com/application-requests/130920-cost-app-development.html
    Pretty much sums up what you were saying though. You're thread? hah.
     
  3. Monrox

    Monrox Power Member

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    Well it's tinkering. If it takes more than 10 days, a $k is a fair price. But if the idea sucks, you are better off saving your money. Unless you are the king of hype :D

    The only thing I ever felt paying for was an app to silently block calls using white and black lists. For others it is music composing tools etc.
     
  4. Colton127

    Colton127 Registered Member

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    I am a iOS developer and know some basic Objective C.

    If all you're needing is a basic app, PM me what you're looking for and we can come up with a solution for these "expensive" prices.
     
  5. gullsinn

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    Not exactly you can build free mobile apps try this
    Code:
     http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/member-downloads/496249-build-mobile-applications-free.html 
     
  6. Blackberry_11

    Blackberry_11 Regular Member

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    No it's not but the application that you will build is expensive ,
    no doubt .
    For iPhone development you need and iPhone only nothing else and for android you need a simulator only.
    Nothing is expensive except your brain.
     
  7. Sky Tiger

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    To build a mobile app, it is not really expensive unless you outsource. You can try using GameSalad or AppMakr to build mobile apps for both iOS and Android.
     
  8. neutralhatter

    neutralhatter Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    depends on what platform you are targetting. android is cheap, for ios you need ios to develop in. for the rest you can start for free. look in to xamarin, a unified way of developing for different platforms in C#. you'll be developing apps for the store and google play this way.

    offcourse it's possible to develop mobile web apps without the need for ios.
     
  9. shubhamm

    shubhamm Junior Member

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    It's not that expensive to make Mobile apps for android all things are free Android Eclipse FREE,Emulator Free, Works on linux,windows don't know about MAC
    for wp8 (Windows phone 8) you need a Windows Computer ,emulator is free,Visual studio can be grabbed for free via STUDENT ID

    i am a app & Game developer now focusing more on games 2d Games Cross platform in C++
     
  10. Ste Fishkin

    Ste Fishkin "I'm watching you.." - Apricot Jr. VIP Premium Member UnGagged Attendee

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    You are paying an expert in his field for his time. What price did you actually expect?

    Go and learn a programming language and please let us all know a fair price for a coder to charge for their time...

    $1000 is very fair, even a simple app could easily take 40 hours @ $25 per hour when you factor in communication, planning, building an interface, coding, debugging and repeating any necessary steps.
     
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    watsonovedades Senior Member

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    1000 its too much
    you can learn to do develop on acouple of week and work your way up with monetization
     
  12. Tosmekop

    Tosmekop Supreme Member

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    DragonfireSDK (Software Development Kit) worked quite well for me. You honestly don't even need to know much coding (although it certainly can help), to use it rather efficiently.
     
  13. BlackFiTTed

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    Just gonna through iBuildApp out there, might be worth considering if it is a simple app.
     
  14. SyZygy

    SyZygy Senior Member

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    Hey Ste Hughes,

    thank you for your answer, but you were answering to a thread which is three years old, I only started out in the world of apps and programmers back then.

    But, $1000 for a simple app was too much then, and it's too much in this year also. I have built several smaller apps in the last three years via services like Odesk and Freelancer for less then $500. I'm talking about simple apps like alarm clocks, RSS readers, Radio streams and so on, where I had a separate designer and a separate programmer. Regardless of that, I see that this thread has a bunch of views so I will just leave a few links here for guys who need the info.

    Here is a good article on app development:
    http://www.bluecloudsolutions.com/blog/cost-develop-app/

    Here you can get your workers:
    http://www.freelancer.com/
    https://www.odesk.com/
    https://www.elance.com/

    I would recommend that you get designers separate, you can find good ones here on BHW in the BST section. Regards.
     
  15. RoidRage14

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    Most people reskin now, Just find good source codes to buy.
     
  16. musicinmusic

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    Not everything makes sense in this world, my friend. For example the price of iPhones, it doesn't fucking make any sense! But people all over the world still continue to buy them just to see the bitten apple in their mirrors while taking selfies and impersonating ducks.
     
  17. lukelim

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    i saw some sources like seattleclouds offer their great step by step own create apps. And their has offer unlimited lifetime package as well. Need get some feedback here, anybody has experience with them?
     
  18. RazeByte

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    It's funny because just 3 weeks ago, I learned Android Development [Esclipse Java] and I can totally understand why the price range can be as high as $1000 - The process of making an app is quite tedious. Ofcourse, personally, I would never charge that much money - But then again, it would depend on how much the client is asking of you.