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How Much Does Mobile App Development Cost in Singapore?

As soon as businesses in Singapore and worldwide realize the benefits of investing in mobile app development, there is no going back for them.

With the availability of high-quality talent at reasonable prices, Singapore has become a go-to destination to choose a mobile app development partner for startups, SMBs and enterprises.

Even according to the 2019 Global Talent Competitiveness Index, Singapore secured the second globally and first position in the Asian Pacific region.

With that, it’s quite common for a business to enquire about: how much does it cost to build an app in Singapore?

Well, there is no straightforward answer to that.

Mobile app development costs can significantly vary depending on a number of factors including the type of app, complexity in terms of design and features, platform and among several other factors.

In this post, we’ll shed a light on all the key factors affecting the mobile app development cost in Singapore. Let’s begin!

Formula to Calculate Mobile App Development Cost

By multiplying the total development time with billable hours of resources deployed on your project, you can figure out a rough estimate for your mobile app development cost.

As mentioned before also, many factors influence the overall mobile app development cost.

Thus, continue reading to understand how various factors affect the cost so that you can have a better idea of how much budget you need to build a mobile app for your business.

Factors Determining the Cost to Build an App in Singapore

Have a look below at key factors that impact the overall mobile app development cost.

1. App Discovery

App discovery is the pre-development stage of the mobile app development process that lays the strong foundation for the following stages of the process: design, development and deployment.

While it may seem like an app discovery phase is an added expense for your project, it’s worth it as it mitigates the risk of developing the wrong thing.

Thus, at InfoStride, we give utmost importance to the app discovery phase, wherein we understand your app vision and the business goals you want to achieve.

Our app discovery phase involves the following key activities:

  • Understanding the market and targeted users of your app
  • Conduct competitor analysis and come up with the strategy to outperform
  • Define accurate development time and budget

This pre-developing stage generally takes days to weeks depending upon the scope of the project.

2. The Complexity of the App

The number and complexity of features that the app includes also influence the overall mobile app development cost. As the number and complexity of its features increase, the more developer’s time is needed, the higher the price tag is.

Basic features such as user login and search functionality generally take around 20-25 hours to develop as compared to advanced features such as payments integration and geolocation which can take more than 50 hours and thus apps with complex functionality demand a bigger budget.

3. App Design

With around 1.96 million apps available on the Apple App Store and 2.87 million apps on the Google Play Store, customers today have the autonomy to go ahead with a solution that strives to provide them with an unmatched user experience.

Thus, building an ultimate UX/UI design is a must for your app to entice users.

You can either go with custom or standard app designs depending on your budget. As custom app design involves personalized UI/UX design over standard app design, thus they are much more expensive to design and implement.

Moreover, some mobile applications such as games and social media apps demand additional design elements such as animation that further increase the overall mobile app development cost.

5. App Platform

Another significant factor to determine how much does it cost to develop an app is the choice of platform: Android, iOS or both. Accordingly, you’ll be able to decide on the development approach.

But to first determine which platform to target, you can consider the following aspects:

6. Market Share

In Singapore and worldwide, Android outsmarts iOS in the mobile share market. But with a market share of 59.87%, iOS beats Android in the USA alone.

market share

7. Development Complexity

Another factor to consider is the fragmentation issue.

While there are a limited number of devices running on an iOS operating system (iPhone, iPad and iPod) with the latest iOS version in most cases, we have so many smartphones and tablets running on Android with different screen sizes and OS versions.

Thus, the development complexity increases with Android app development as you have to make your app suitable for all Android devices out there to ensure a seamless experience for every Android user.

It also means iOS app development is faster than Android app development. Therefore, the average cost to develop an iOS is less than the cost to build an Android application.

8. Development Approach

The development approach you choose will influence the mobile app development cost in Singapore.

8.1. Native App Development

Native mobile apps are developed using language specific to a single platform. For example, Swift or Objective C for building a mobile app for the iOS platform and Java or Kotlin for building a mobile app for the Android platform.

As the app is developed for a specific platform, it results in excellent user experience and high performance. Thus, native mobile applications are expensive to build.

8.2. Cross-platform App Development

A cross-platform app development approach empowers you to build a mobile app for both Android and iOS platforms with a native-like functionality using a single codebase. Thus, it requires less effort from developers which makes it a cost-effective development approach.

There are many cross-platform app development frameworks available to build cross-platform apps including Flutter and React Native.

You can hire Flutter developers if you want to build a cross-platform app with a strong focus on UI. On the other hand, hiring React Native developers is ideal for complex apps.

8.3. Hybrid App Development

Developed using the combination of native as well as web technologies, hybrid mobile applications are web apps packaged in a native app. The hybrid app development approach is the most cost-effective solution as compared to others.

9. Development Team

When it comes to deciding your mobile app development partner, you can hire freelancer developers or outsource complete development to a mobile app development company. You can also hire remote developers or build your own dedicated remote development team.

9.1. Hiring Freelancers

If it’s about developing a simple app, then hiring freelancers is a cost-effective development solution.

You can expect to pay SGD$25 per hour for hiring freelance mobile app developers in Singapore.

But as the mobile app development process entails different stages such as design, coding and testing, this approach may cost you more as it would require you to onboard a UI/UX designer and tester for end-to-end development.

Moreover, it may bring challenges to the table such as communication gaps and transparency. This can result in low-quality development.

9.2. Hiring Mobile App Development Company

Hiring a mobile app development company (also known as outsourcing) is costlier when compared with the freelancing model, especially for simple projects. You can outsource a particular part or end-to-end app development to a third-party mobile app development company.

Though mobile app development companies are fully equipped with infrastructure and resources to build apps, you may have little to no control over how outsourced resources work.

9.3. Hire Dedicated Remote Developers/ Team

You can also hire dedicated remote developers or build your own remote development team of tech specialists needed for your project. They will work full-time on your projects.

With this model, you can even scale up or down the resources on-demand with complete control over the team.

Hiring dedicated remote developers from a software development company save you from the administrative hassle as well such as screening candidates, setting up infrastructure payroll, compliance and others. This, as a result, unlocks time-saving and financial benefits for you.

Cost Breakdown Based on Type of App

Whether you want to build a gaming app like PUBG, an e-commerce app like Amazon, a social media app like Facebook or an on-demand app like Uber, it directly influences the overall mobile app development cost in Singapore.

To help you estimate the budget for developing your app, have a look below at some raw estimates of common app categories.

App Type Rough Cost Estimation
E-Commerce or Marketplace App like Amazon SGD$45,000+
Social Media App Like Facebook/Snapchat SGD$40,000+
On-Demand App Like Uber SGD$30,000+
IoT-Centric App SGD$60,000+
E-learning App Like Udemy SGD$30,000+
Gaming App SGD$80,000+

Hidden Costs of Mobile App Development

Mobile app development is not a one and done process. After developing a mobile application, there are also other stages such as deployment, testing and continuous maintenance that add an expense to the app development cost. Let’s have a look at them to avoid hiccups in the future.

1. App Deployment

Once your app is ready to launch in the market, you need to go through the app publishing process to the Apple App Store and/or Google Play Store, which adds a little expense to the overall app development cost.

Apple App Store has a rigorous app approval process and it charges $99 per year. On the other hand, Google Play Store charges a one-off $25 payment to publish your app.

2. Testing Across Devices

Mobile app testing is a complicated process due to the availability of mobile devices with different screen sizes. To make sure that your app works flawlessly across various operating systems, device types and screen resolutions, requires thorough testing and quality assurance.

While some mobile app development companies may cover the charges for testing part under the cost of building an app, others may charge additionally as a service.

Thus, it’s better to ask before joining hands with a mobile app development partner you want to work on your app.

3. App Maintenance

Unfortunately, mobile app development costs do not come to an end after launching the app. You have to keep doing minor or major tweaks such as bug fixing and design changes into your app to meet the user’s expectations, which adds to the development cost.

You can expect to pay around 20%-25% of an app’s total budget on a yearly basis.

4. App Security

If you need to build a mobile application with extensive security protocols to protect business-sensitive information or personal information, it increases the overall app development costs.

5. Infrastructure Services

Infrastructure costs entail expenses for mobile app hosting, data storage and data processing. This, as a result, demands redundancies and load balancers for security and backup. It adds to both the complexity of the project and overall app development cost.

Conclusion

So, how much does it cost to develop a mobile app in Singapore? This post has made it crystal clear that there is no exact answer to that due to numerous influencing factors.

What if you want a clear-cut estimate for your mobile app development project? InfoStride is a full-service software development company with a team of more than 400+ developers and end-to-end expertise in building mobile applications for varied business verticals.

You can schedule a free consultation session to get a precise cost estimate to build your app or hire dedicated remote mobile app developers today.

Akash Singh

Akash is a senior digital marketer and has an acumen for business branding and marketing. He can tell you exactly what type of marketing strategies can get you in front of customers, right from inception to implementation.

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