The Cost of iOS vs. Android

How much does it cost to make an app for iOS vs. Android? This is a complicated question, and the long and short of it is that it just depends. Very simple apps start at around 50K and the cost goes up from there. It really just depends.

Several factors need to be taken into consideration when determining how much it will cost to build an app on either platform:

  • Are you going to develop for tablets in addition to mobile?
  • What type of app do you want to create? A social network? An enterprise app? A game?
  • What is the timeline for development?
  • Are you looking to get started right away?
  • What is the deadline?
  • What features would you like the app to have?
  • Which features are necessary? Messaging? Payment processing?

It is true that in general it is more expensive to build an app for Android than it is to make an app for iOS - that's why we often see start ups and larger companies coming out with an iOS app first, then coming back around to develop for Android later on down the road.

Which brings us to the question, why is it more expensive to make an app for Android devices?

Simply speaking, Android apps are more difficult to build for a variety of technical factors - operating system release cycles, Android fragmentation, the exponentially larger number of devices and screen sizes that need to be accounted for, etc… It is widely accepted in the web and mobile development arena that Android apps almost always take two to three times longer to build than iOS apps. Time is money, and so it makes sense that something that takes twice as long (or longer) to develop will end up costing more as well.

With so many components to consider, using a tool like MobileAppQuote can be valuable to determine which platform(s) to use, which features are necessary for your minimally viable product (MVP), and what the best next steps are for you to take in order to successfully and strategically create your app and enter it in the marketplace.

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