Mobile App Development: What are the Costs & How Long Does It Take?

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If you have a great idea for a mobile app that you’d like to have developed, you may be wondering how much time and money you’re going to need to invest to make your idea a reality. This uncertainty may even be putting you off have your mobile application developed. If this is the case, you needn’t worry.

In this post, we’ll be discussing the cost and time investment of mobile application development.

So, How Long Does Mobile App Development Take?

You can’t put an exact time duration on all app development. Of course, the major apps that we use everyday have had hundreds of thousands of hours piled into them and continue to receive a similar treatment. However, what you’ll most likely be considering is a v1 MVP (version one, minimal viable product) app. A v1 MVP mobile application is an app that has been put to market with only the very essential features needed for it to be a viable app.

Studies have taken place surrounding the development time of a v1 MVP app. Firstly, a 2013 survey by Progress Kinvey showed, based on the surveys of 100 agencies, that the average v1 MVP app takes roughly 18 weeks (4.5 months).

Another study, done in 2017 by GoodFirms, surveyed 55 app developers. In this survey, participants had to provide an estimate for how long they believed it would take to develop a complex and feature-rich application, such as the ones we use every day.


Based on the average response, GoodFirms reported that:

Feature-rich highly complex apps – (E.g. Instagram and Uber) take anywhere from 4.5 to 5.5 months to develop.

Medium complexity compelling apps – (E.g. WhatsApp or QuizUp) take around 4.6 months to create.

User-friendly apps with lesser functionality – (E.g. Tinder and Periscope) take roughly 3.8 to 4.1 months to complete.


How Much Does Mobile App Development Cost?

App development costs can vary hugely between agencies. All of the studies done have shown these dramatic price ranges too.

The GoodFirms study we just looked at also surveyed for the cost of developing these applications.

Here are their results:

A feature-rich highly complex app – (E.g. Instagram or Uber) costs anywhere between $70,000 to $100,000.

Medium complexity compelling apps – (E.g. WhatsApp or QuizUp) typically costs between $61,000 to $69,000.

User-friendly app with lesser functionality – (E.g. Tinder or Periscope) would cost anywhere between $40,000 to $60,000.


How Can You Cut the Costs for App Development?

At Appoly, we suggest that you start with an MVP app, get the basic structure and function of your app how you want it and get it live on the app store(s). This will cut the initial cost and time consumption, allowing you to get your app live much quicker and cheaper.

This is even better if you’re going to monetise your app, as it allows you to make money from your application sooner, and you can invest that money back into the app for further development.

Another thing you should ensure, is that your app developer offers expert knowledge alongside a fair price. This will shine through in the final product; don’t be taken advantage of.


Contact Appoly for Mobile Application Development Services

If you want to turn your app idea into a reality, get in touch with Appoly and one of our design and development experts will happily discuss your project with you and explore the best development options for you based on your ideas, circumstances and needs.


Introducing Where’s my cAR? iOS/Android Mobile Application

During our research and development programme, we’ve been doing a lot of work and experiments using AR, or Augmented Reality.

We’ve produced various concepts, looking at some common use-cases for the technology. Typically these show the capabilities of rendering virtual objects in a real-life scene and require the app to interpret the environment and accurately place the various objects in it.

A challenge had been set. Would it be possible to place an object in Augmented Reality without relying on the camera to survey the surroundings?

Where’s my cAR?

Where’s my cAR? is a free to download mobile application for compatible iOS and Android Devices that allow you to find the location of your car using Augmented Reality (AR), using geocoded data from your device’s location.

Technical Challenges

As Augmented Reality technology is still in its infancy, ARCore (Androids AR engine) doesn’t have an easy way of representing location data in AR. So as part of this process, we developed the ARCore-Location library to help us (and any other Android developers) to create GPS location-based AR experiences. Luckily, iOS already has a wonderful library available from ProjectDent.

Another challenge is how to find out where somebody has parked their car. Whilst both platforms are able to tell us whether the user is walking, running, driving or standing – only Android allows you to do so whilst the app is not being used. Therefore in the Android version, we’re able to automatically detect when you’ve disembarked from a moving vehicle and set that as the location. At the time of writing, on the iOS version, this is something that can only be done manually.

Additionally, mobile locations services can be quite temperamental. The location updates being given to apps vary wildly in accuracy, meaning that sometimes it might think you’re several hundred metres away from where you really are. Mobile compasses are also only accurate to approximately 15 degrees, and that’s assuming your compass is properly calibrated and you’re not close to any electronics or large machinery! This can be problematic when trying to get an accurate bearing on your current position and the position of your car – giving some mixed results.

Download it and give it a try, we would love to have your feedback.

You can download the app on to your device from the Apple App Store or on Google Play.

Contact Appoly for AR Consultancy & Mobile App Development Services

We hope that you have found this article interesting and informative. We provide augmented reality development services if you’d like to book a consultation with us to further explore your options to start professional development on your AR project, get in touch with us and we can discuss your needs and see what we can do for you.




Big Data: What is it? & What are the Business Benefits?

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Firstly, what is Big Data?

“Extremely large data sets that may be analysed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behaviour and interactions.” – Dictionary Definition.

So, the clue is in the name, big data, in essence, is large amounts of data, structured or unstructured, which can be analysed by a computer system to find patterns and trends that may be useful for a business to pick up on.

Data systems as a concept aren’t new. In the 1950’s, long before it was ever called ‘Big Data’, systems would have been put into place for businesses where they would collect their data and arrange it into spreadsheets and have it manually reviewed by human employees.

Of course, these days things have gotten a lot more efficient in the world of data systems due to the power of computers and smart programming. Along with most other things in the technology world, big data systems over the years have gotten far quicker and more accurate than they ever have been.


What are the Business Advantages of Big Data?

A vast amount of businesses and companies worldwide use big data systems on a very regular basis, so you may have guessed, there are definitely some advantages to implementing these systems into your business.

Here are the top business advantages of big data:


  • Quicker Decision Making – One of the biggest benefits of big data in business is the speed of analysis. If you have a very large amount of data that could be helpful for your business, it’s much faster to have it run through a computerised system as opposed to needing human review.


  • Cost Efficiency – Again, if you have a data system put in place, this automates a large amount of the process for your business, meaning less money is spent on the process to pay staff members for their time.


  • Better Decision Making – With the smart programming that goes into these data systems, you can rely on your results being very accurate. This is helpful for businesses as they can look at the patterns, good or bad, and decide on how to change their business most effectively for improvement.


Is Big Data Right for Your Business?

If you’re looking to fine tune the processes and efficiency of your business and you feel that a big data system being implemented could help you, we have a great team of professional consultants who will discuss your project with you and help you decide on which route is best for you.


Contact Appoly for Big Data Consultancy & Development Services

If you want a consultancy to find out whether or not having a data system developed is right for you, or you want a bespoke big data system to be developed and fine-tuned for your business, get in touch with Appoly experts today. We are always happy to listen to your needs and provide you with honest and professional advice and solutions.


Laravel Bootstrap 4 Preset

Laravel Bootstrap 4 Preset

We’ve just updated our Laravel Bootstrap 4 preset to work with the stable version of Bootstrap 4.

Whilst a Bootstrap 4 preset will be available when Laravel 5.6 is released, this package allows Laravel developers to use the latest Bootstrap 4 with Laravel 5.5.*.

Check out the package on Github to get started.


Installation Instructions

You can install the package via composer:

composer require appoly/laravel-bootstrap-4-preset

You will then have the following commands available in your Laravel installation:

Basic scaffolding:

php artisan preset bootstrap4

Basic scaffolding and authorisation views:

php artisan preset bootstrap4-auth

If you run the authorisation scaffolding command multiple times, duplicate entries in the routes files will appear

Then install and run a build to compile the assets:

npm install && npm run dev

If you have any feedback or would like to report an issue, please submit a ticket on Github.


Contact Appoly for Web Development

We provide website development services both consumer and business related websites. If you’re in need of a a new website or have an existing website that needs improvements, please contact us to arrange a consultancy.

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