We like to talk about apps at DTT, we love apps! At DTT we receive a wide variety of ideas for app development on a daily basis. We listen carefully to all requests and make development proposals based on your idea. At one point, you may wonder: what does it cost to develop an app? An open question with an open answer. You will find more information below. It will show you how a price is set and what costs you can expect.

The costs of an app

The price of an app depends on a number of components. This includes but is not limited to: the number of functionalities you need and which should be added in the final solution. For example, basic apps with a small number of functionalities, but there are also larger and more advanced apps that will cost more because of the large number of functionalities.

Developing apps in never done by a single person, it’s a team job. Various activities are performed by different team members. An idea for the app will be discussed (with the client) and then further elaborated, designs will be created and approved, the app will be developed and thoroughly tested and finally it will be placed in the App Store and Play Store. Once the app is placed in the App Store and Play Store it must be marketed so it will gain attention from the target group. These factors influence the price of developing an app. Discuss your idea with us, we are able to give you a quotation of the costs. You will find a ‘budget plan’ below. It allows you to estimate your costs required to develop an app. Labour rates vary by company, but do realize that labour rates for developing software is usually higher than labour rates of a handyman. It is also good to know, it takes a single developer two till three weeks to create a serious app.

  • Android app | 80 - 240 hours
  • iOS app | 80 - 240 hours
  • Server/API/Admin (for the use of content and user management) | 24 - 240 hours
  • Design | 40 - 120 hours

For a custom app, you should consider a minimum investment of € 5.000,- which can reach up to an amount of over €100.000,-. This depends on the size and complexity of the project.

As you can see, costs can differ greatly. A final budget plan can be discussed in cooperation with you, depending on your needs and the available budget. We usually work with fixed prices for the entire project. It is possible for us to write a ‘development proposal’. A development proposal made by DTT includes: a detailed and functional design, wireframes, concept designs, a specified schedule and an exactly specified labour budget. It enables you to make choices based on functionalities. With a single glance you will see what costs are associated with a specific functionality.

App idea

You have a great idea for an app. Great, because we like that! But before you think you have re-invented the wheel, check the available app stores (App Store and Play Store) and search for similar apps or, perhaps, exactly the same apps. If you cannot find your idea, it could mean two things; you have a brilliant idea no one has ever thought of, or your idea is impossible to realize. Have you found an app that is similar but with a slightly different approach? Competition is scary, but we believe there is always room for improvement. Still convinced by your own idea, and you would like to discuss possibilities? Find yourself as soon as possible a suitable developer.

Choosing the right platform

Every platform needs a different way of programming. This means that if you develop an app for Android, it won't automatically work on iOS. There are several ways to develop an app; a native app developed for a single platform, a cross-platform app (HTML5) for all platforms or a hybrid app. All possibilities have their own advantages and disadvantages.

The app development process

Developing an app consists of several phases. Below you can find the phases you can expect when outsourcing the development of an app.

  • Concept: During the concept phase, the desired functionality of the app will be discussed and determined. Followed by the wireframes and concept designs. At this stage it is important to make the right choices. The available budget is often the most important factor. Relevant questions are; what are our objectives, what is the target audience, what do we want to achieve, how to position the app in the market, which features are relevant and is the available budget realistic enough to develop an app on two (or more) platforms?
  • Design: You need a specialist for composing inspiring designs. They know what users expect in terms of User Interface and User Experience. The navigation structure must be right and the app must be clear at a single glance to the users.
  • Development: ‘Development’ is the core of a project. It is essential that an app is correctly built from the beginning. If you need to update an app, you do not want to rewrite the code.
  • Testing: Test, test, and test again. Everything must be right! Make sure people in your personal circle are willing to test your app. Do you not want to test an app yourself? At DTT we have our own testers. We test the app and make sure the app will be delivered to you without bugs.   
  • Project management: Do not be scared about the costs of project management. Project management is an important part of the development process. Discussions, technical specifications, planning, creating wireframes, managing deadlines, informs our client, en distributing apps to the App Store and Play Store.

The team

It is important to get to know the team that develops your app. Do not be afraid to ask questions, it is after all, your app, and your money. We have a specialized team consisting of designers, testers, project managers, and of course, app developers.   

Launch and app promotion

Finally, the app is finished. It is ready to go on the market. A snowball effect will arise, but first someone must climb the cold mountain and make a snowball, and push it off the mountain. Unfortunately, there is not standard method for this to happen.

At DTT we are happy to help you promote your app. We have achieved many successes with our clients.

Do you have any more questions or suggestions, please call us or email us.