The number of android users has already crossed 1.4 billion in 2015 itself. As of now, Android’s global market share for mobile operating systems is over 53%. Android operating system has already generated $ 31 billion as revenue for Google. These statistics indicate that Android presents good returns on investment for businesses. No business can afford to lose out on the opportunity presented by mobility solutions. Even start-ups and individual investor are getting android apps developed to have a stable source of income.
Android App Development Cost Factors
Before thinking about the return on investment, we need to inspect the cost of the android development project. The budget you need to set aside for android app development depends on many factors such as features in the app, UI/UX design complexity, data storage, 3rd party integration, access to enterprise data, data encryption and scalability. The app development project involves a Project Manager, UI/UX designer, Coder and a Quality Assurance engineer (QA). The Project Manager will take the ownership of the android development project. The UI/UX designer is responsible for creating the interface as well as user experience design of the application. The coder is responsible for the inner structure and functionality of the app while QA will test the app for flawless operation.
Considering all the above factors and resources deployed in android app development, an elementary android app requires a budget ranging from US $2500 to US $10,000. The budget to set aside for developing enterprise level custom business application ranges between US $50,000 and US $300,000. If you are looking for a long term consistent support and maintenance for your app then you need to shell out some more dollars as per your requirement.
The cost of development in android is considerably higher than other platforms as there is 40% more code required in an android project which implicates a 30% more development time. The applications written for Android are written in Java which contains more instructional words. The more there is written code, the more there is a possibility of errors which increases the development time further. The android emulators are slower than iOS emulators that add more development hours to the project. There are over 4000 types of devices available for the android platform and testing for compatibility for different devices requires additional effort and time. There is a wide variety of screen sizes with different pixel densities of android devices that adds to the testing efforts.
Your budget will also depend on upon the app development vendor you choose. Outsourcing your project will also help in bringing down the cost of development. You can choose a vendor that suits your business requirements.
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