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App development cost in 2022

This article is to reveal the app development cost in 2022 in Switzerland, Western Europe or in the world – a question we get all the time. It is a bit like asking ”How much does a movie cost?”. If a university student shoots it with a hand-held camera it is $200, if it is a Hollywood movie, then $200 million. It is just as hard to compare the cost of work to develop an app.

How much does an app development cost?

Short answer it is 300-1’000 hours of work to develop an app and you have to multiply by the app developers hourly fee.
Below you will find the details

Number and Type of Platforms for the App Development Cost estimate
iOS or Android – smartphone or tablets? These are all very different things, an iPhone and an Android development have very little in common. Which practically easily doubles the so-called front-end costs (=non-online element). If you need to optimize it for tablets, it adds extra hours on user interface & design.

Does your app have online functionality?
App developments consist of two main elements: front-end and back-end. The front-end is the “visible” part, it is the app’s user interface, the different screens that are displayed. If your app needs an online function. Like refreshing data from a web site, users logging in, users providing data that are stored centrally etc.. Then you also need a back-end, a server solution to develop an app. Most meaningful apps need a back-end. Therefore it adds significant development hours to your budget, so to the app development cost globally. In this case, also an API (application programming interface) is needed which makes the communication between the app and the back-end possible.

Hourly rates depending on who will develop your app
Freelancer, off-shore app agency or a European or Swiss agency.

Freelancers

They are the cheapest, they can be 50% of the regular agency hourly rate in Europe. But have you thought about who will coordinate their work? Without a professional project manager, you will need to synchronise the work of the designers, developers, as well as testers. There is a huge risk, people may disappear, many do it after their full-time jobs. If they can’t all meet the deadlines or provide the needed quality, the whole process can be stuck and it’s all wasted money. This can never happen with a coordinated team of professionals with proven quality solutions.

Indian off-shore agencies

You can choose a development team located outside of Europe, there are a lot of app developers in India. They work approximately 60-70% cheaper than the regular European, Swiss agency hourly rates. Challenges will be no face-to-face interactions, slow and difficult communication, time difference and little oversight on progress and quality. A lot of Clients approach with a problem that the app doesn’t work and it turns out that it has to be re-developed from scratch.

Digital agencies based in Switzerland / Europe

There is a good selection of quality agencies to develop an app. Please note that a lot of full-service or web agencies claim they develop apps, in reality, they subcontract it to specialists. App developer agencies have a team of iOS, Android front-end developers, back-end developers, designers, as well as, project managers and account managers to ensure high quality and timely app deliveries. Western European agencies might work for 80-90% of Swiss rates.

How long does it take to develop an app?

A good app takes a long time to develop, as it involves phases of concept development, wireframe / user interface, design, coding, testing & uploading to Apple Store and Google Play.

Low complexity app

If it is one platform only (say iOS) and with low complexity, you can count 300-350 hours and 3 months to develop an app.

Medium complexity app

If you count with an iPhone & Android phone app with medium complexity, you can count with 150-200 hours for iOS, 150-200 hours for Android. And 150-200 hours for back-end development. Which gives you a total of 450-600 hours of development and roughly 4 months development time.

High complexity app

If your app has many special features, like in-app payment, user management, complex content management module, integration of 3rd party systems and a complex back-end, then the app development might be 750-1’000 hours as well.

Process and timing:

Creating a new application takes around 3-6 months, this depends on the complexity of the app. Our developer agency uses agile development (2-week sprints with defined development tasks) or the waterfall development method, which consists of 5 key steps:

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Specification

Specifying the functions needed together with our customer

2-4 weeks
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App design & Wireframe

Developing design and wireframe proposals

2-4 weeks
3.
App development, coding

Developing the app after the approved design and wireframe

6-12 weeks
4.
Testing and bug fixing

No stones unturned

2 weeks
5.
Publishing the app in the App store & Google play

1 week
2-4 weeks
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6-12 weeks
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Swiss Tomato Digital Agency for your app development project

We have a lot of experience in web and app development. We have worked with NGO and non-profit sector clients, luxury brands, pharma industry, local SMBs or startups among others. Also very proud to be among the Top3 several times at awards like Best of Swiss Apps, Best of Swiss Web from 2015. We are very proud that we have won “Best Mobile App” in 2019 in Switzerland at the Meilleur du Web 2019 Award.

Awards

We are an award-winning web agency, bringing cutting-edge technological solutions wrapped in conscious designs that serve, not just amaze.

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Best of Swiss Web 2019

Winner, Mobile Category

Best of Swiss Web 2019

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Best of Swiss Apps 2019

Bronze, Enterprise Category

MCI Share app

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Best of Swiss Apps 2019

Top 5, AR/VR Category
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Best of Swiss Web 2019

Top 4, Innovation Category
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Best of Swiss Web 2019

Top 4, Mobile Category
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Developer of an Apple Featured App

(Top 0.2%), 2019
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Best of Swiss Web 2017

Top 3, Mobile Category
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Best of Swiss Web 2016

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Best of Swiss App 2015

Finalist, Mobile Category
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Please also visit our References page for more information on the projects and to see the diversity of the industries, type of websites and applications that we are working on.

Happy* Clients

Are you a small business? Big company? Non-profit? International Organization? We got you covered.

We would be really happy to talk about any of them in order to be able to identify your needs. And to show you how we can be at your service regardless of the industry or the complicated design and technical requirements.

Swiss Tomato's field of experience

We have managed successful website development projects from the following industries:

Start-ups

Start-ups

Small and medium-sized businesses

Small and medium-sized businesses

Blue Chip Clients

Blue Chip Clients

Luxury

Luxury

Finance, insurance

Finance, insurance

Food, Consumer goods, Electronics

Food, Consumer goods, Electronics

Medical

Medical

Government agencies and NGO-s

Government agencies and NGO-s

We are looking forward to discussing your project whenever you feel like and know more about app development cost! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any further questions.

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