Ways to Reduce Overhead Costs of iOS and Android App Development

May 12, 2017

In the current era, many businesses are building their own mobile app to attract their targeted market and bring in more customers. The main goal is to let the customers buy the products or to provide them profoundly customized services. In order to improve their customer experience, every business wants an app that can stand over its competitors.  


But how much does it cost to build a mobile app?

The cost of developing a mobile app varies according to the app’s features, complexity, and the type of mobile app development company that you have employed.

According to a survey conducted by Clutch, a median price to create an app is $171,450. According to the online app cost calculators, an app with basic features costs between $10,000 and $50,000 whereas an app with dozens of features and functionality costs between $200,000 and $350,000. In general, the custom app development cost ranges from a total zero to unbelievably expensive price that could reach millions.

The crucial cost factors to develop an app are:

  • Platforms (iOS, Android, Windows, etc.)
  • Type (Business, Mobile Game, Social Networking, Lifestyle. etc.)
  • Design (Basic, Advanced, Custom)
  • Features & infrastructure
  • Number of pages

For a more detailed cost evaluation for your particular mobile app, read our guide:

A Real Cost Evaluation of Mobile App Development – Your Personal Manual

In the coming time, the cost of developing an app seems to be increasing. With this a very common question can come to your mind, “Why is the ios and android app development cost so high?”

Here’s the top 3 factors that are responsible for high cost:

  1. Hiring Needless Number of Developers

This is one of the most common reasons behind the higher costs of ios and android app development. The Development Companies usually hire more than required developers for meeting customer’s requirement. However, if a careful analysis prior to the development process is done, the developer cost can be saved big time.

  1. Poor Requirement Gathering

Requirement Gathering is the first and the most important step towards any software development process. It looks very easy to execute but that doesn’t happen more often than not. The development companies usually do not understand the customer’s requirement clearly and begin with developing the Mobile App. Moreover, they hire several android as well as iphone app developers just to meet a requirement which could have been easily met by a single developer.

  1. Bad Execution of Software Development Process

Mobile development companies usually do not consult the customer after taking their requirements. They tend to develop the entire app and then demonstrate it to the customer usually. This not only takes away the customization option with the customer but also invites huge cost requirement because the entire custom app development process will have to be done again if the customer isn’t satisfied with the demonstrated mobile app.

Now that you are aware of the factors responsible for the ios and android app development cost, you might be wondering how we can reduce these costs? We’ve got a list of factors that can help you to control the mobile app development cost in order to help you achieve your business goals.

  1. Plan well:

Planning is a crucial factor that can affect your android and iPhone app development cost. Discuss the idea with the team and consider the user input as well. Initially, it is a great move to send out a user survey, check out your FAQs, consider your competitors before hiring a designer. Explore existing apps to see what are they about and what you do and don’t like about them. This will help you in analyzing how your app will be superior to those apps. Hence, this way you do not have to make an expensive proposition to add something new for your business.

  1. Focus on the critical components:

Make your mind clear about what all you need in your mobile app and what are your expectations from your mobile app development agency. The main motive here is to be particular about your service and not offering too many features that will confuse the users. Not only will this save your money and time, but also the app would turn out into a more successful and loved app.

To know about what things you need to be aware of while getting the app developed, check our blog Avoid these 4 Common Mobile App Development Disasters

  • Share the costs:

This is a prominent yet challenging way to reduce the app costing for Android and iPhone. With the sharing the cost, we mean both the business and developer can find a common way to share the expenses. The developer can request the investor for some funds where both of them can share the desired profit whereas the company with a limited budget can decide to fund the developer and can afterward gain full rights to the app.

Pro Tip: Use open source app development frameworks to cut down the cost. You can simply look online for them and choose the one that fits the best for your project.  

  • Productized mobile app development:

For a Customer who isn’t technically sound and still wants to have a Customizable and Hassle-free Mobile App for his business, the Productized Mobile App Development looks the most profitable solution. This is one of the most cost-effective and efficient methods of getting your own business app and website done. It becomes easier for you to customize a pre-coded product that suits your business type and requirements. Since it is a productized solution, it has a quicker turn-around and has a myriad of contemporary feature options.

Benefits of a Productized Approach:

  • Development Cost is very less.
  • Zero Technical Knowledge Required.
  • It’s a Fully Customizable Solution.
  • Easy Drag and Drop Designing.
  • No Follow-ups required.
  • Provides Full Ownership.
  • Customize ‘n’ number of times.
  1. Don’t over customize the app:

Usually, mobile apps are different and are built according to the requirements of the business. Still, there are some common elements like buttons, navigation and other that you can keep the same. Also, one of the reasons for it is the basic expectations of users regarding using the mobile apps. The users, as well as the app stores, expect the mobile apps to behave in a certain way.

For example, iOS apps need to follow some Human Interface guidelines that Apple has created for them in order to get features in the iTunes. Hence, you need not waste your time and money to create the elements and buttons that are already available. This will definitely reduce your iPhone app development cost. Of course, customizing your app is always a good idea but you need to draw the line wherever and whenever it is not required.

  1. Outsource the entire mobile app development services:

Since you have more control over the design and development of your mobile app, it might seem like a good idea to develop your business app in-house. But, if you are looking to cut the cost of your Android and iOS app development, outsourcing to a third party is quite a good idea. You just have to pay them hourly while you have to pay a fixed salary to in-house app developers irrespective of the hours they have used to develop your app. Furthermore, outsourcing the app development process has numerous benefits:

  • You get to work with skilled and professional app developers
  • Your app’s cost is reduced as you don’t have to pay a regular salary for developing one app for your business
  • You can choose from various design and features options


Reducing development costs is not such a hard task. Just by keeping some basic things in mind such as removing the non-essential features, giving feedback and outsourcing you can cut down the costs.

Also, before jumping into the Mobile App Development, the customers and the development companies both are required to make a thorough analysis of what exactly is required. Once the requirement is clear, it gets very easier for the mobile app development companies to hire developers as per the requirement which will result in lower labor cost.

All in all, you will see that there is a lot of money and time that can be saved with just some planning ahead.

To know about the latest trends in mobile app development, you can read our blog.

If you are searching for a company with profound experience in mobile app development services yet offering genuine prices, your search stops at Signity Solutions!  

Rohit Madaan

Rohit Madaan

Assistant Digital Marketing Manager at Signity Solutions
I am an enthusiastic internet marketer.
Rohit Madaan