Digital Strategy

How Much Does Mobile App Development Cost?

Mobile app development costs depend on the type of app you are planning to have. Here are just some factors to consider when you’re estimating development costs for your mobile app project.

Factors to Consider in Estimating Mobile App Development Costs

Two Major Factors

Function and purpose

This is the first major factor that you need to consider.

What purpose does your mobile app have? What are its functions? Apps can be used to do online banking, shopping, gaming, social networking, productivity or business processes (B2B), just to name a few.

Here are the costs for developing the different kinds of mobile apps, depending on their complexity or simplicity:

  • User Productivity: S$15,000 to S$30,000
  • E-Commerce: S$15,000 to S$65,000
  • Gaming: S$80,000 to S$150,000 (2D) and $150,000 to $500,000 (3D)
  • Social Networking: S$40,000 to S$100,000
  • Business processes: S$20,000 to S$150,000

Android or iOS?

This is another major factor that will affect your mobile app development costs.

People use iOS devices in economically-affluent regions such as Europe and North America. iOS users also enjoy higher incomes than those who are using Android. On the other hand, Android users come from Asia, Africa, and South America. Android also accounts for 80% of the market share.

The costs for developing Android apps differ from iOS apps because they involve different processes. For example, Android allows developers to conduct beta testing before rolling an app out. As for iOS, the development process is easier since there are fewer devices for you to configure your app to.

You may also opt to make your mobile app available on both platforms.

Other factors


This refers to the level of customization you will allow users to have on the app.

Sound and Graphics

The simplicity or complexity of an app’s sounds and visual graphics will also affect costs.

In-app Features

Some common in-app features include GPS, maps, and cameras. Having more features means having more development costs.

Costs will also depend if your app will need to use the mobile device’s native features.

Third-party Integration

This factor refers to integrating your app with other apps such as payment gateways and mobile networks.

Free or Paid?

Some mobile apps offer free and paid accounts, with paying users enjoying more features. The number of features available per user will also differ based on the type of subscription they get. The more options you make available, the more your app needs maintenance.

Maintenance Plan

Your app will need maintenance after you launch it. The degree of maintenance you need will depend on the factors mentioned above.

The costs of developing a mobile app is less costly in the Lion City than in the US and Europe. Because of this, you may consider getting Singapore web design agency like us to build your app. Not only do we design websites, but software and apps as well.

To also know “how much does web design and development typically cost in Singapore?“, you may give us a call through our numbers at the bottom of this page.

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