Factors that affect app development costs include the type of developer, the complexity of the project and the desired platforms. Developers range from single freelancers to large firms. Development cost is also affected by whether the app is made locally or outsourced to a team in another country. App costs can greatly increase if developers need to build a backend or a user interface with many features. Additionally, development for Android is typically harder and takes more time than iOS.
A specific feature that adds cost to development is a content management system. This feature allows owners to manage specific content on an app without altering the code. Another feature to consider is whether the app should integrate with social media, a feature that allows users to share content and add comments.
Additional costs to consider is whether the app uses a server, requires updates, offers technical support or needs advertising. Anticipating these costs along with the initial development cost is essential for determining the total cost of bringing an app to market. While hiring a small team with two or three people usually costs in the tens of thousands of dollars, large development companies can reach into the millions.