What is the primary prerequisite of success in any business? For any firm, be it a full-fledged company or a startup, it is vital to expand its audience and reach out to a maximum number of people. And what is the channel of rapport with consumers that is sure to propel your enterprise in this direction? In the high-tech world of the early third millennium, the way to a client’s heart is through their smartphone.
Being aware of this simple truth, entrepreneurs shape their marketing strategies with a heavy reliance on digital tools. One such tool is mobile apps that serve as an ultimate means of winning new leads and retaining loyal customers. Naturally, the revenues they generate are on a steady growing pattern — the only tendency to intensify within the foreseeable future.
However convenient and universal this marketing instrument may be, it has some development limitations. The latter significantly hamstring the triumphant progress of native apps. The basic of these constraints is the persisting division within the software realm that forces business owners to make a choice between Android- and iOS-powered devices while commissioning their app to developers.
Either option has its merits and demerits. Whereas Apple owners typically hail from well-to-do countries and social strata having more money to spend, Android gadget users prevail in quantity so they can make up for their lower purchase potential by sheer numbers.
A possible solution to this dilemma might be developing two apps to fit both operating systems. It looks like a perfect way out until you consider the financial side of the venture. Building one native app is quite expensive (especially for budding entrepreneurs) while splurging on two spells unsustainable expenditure even for many middle-size companies. In this predicament, DICEUS recommends considering cross-platform, where both in terms of quality and cost Flutter development reigns supreme.
“Why Flutter is a worthy toolkit for your mobile app development”
Being not yet of “school age” (in fact, it was inaugurated just five years ago) Flutter framework has outgrown its infancy as an Android-building tool and has gradually matured into a cross-platform toolkit. Using one codebase of Flutter, developers can create apps for many operating systems, including (besides Android) iOS, Linux, Windows.
The system of this brainchild of Google encompasses two components – the SDK (Software Development Kit) and the framework. The former contains tools for app building, among which those used to translate the Flutter code into the native one deserve a special mention. The latter is a library with a wide array of widgets (sliders, buttons, text inputs, etc.) for UI. They define stylistic (colors, fonts), layout (padding), structural (buttons, menus), and other elements of the app’s UI. The widget set is in no way a closed roster since developers can add their own ones if they feel something is lacking.
Any framework is written in some programming language, and for Flutter, it is Dart. Being related to Java, it is easy to master if the developer has a preliminary proficiency in Java or C++. Dart is universally recognized to be one of Flutter’s fortes. It is so not only because its object-oriented structure is perfect for front-end development.
What makes Flutter apps a top product as far as UX is concerned?
Having considerable experience in mobile app building, DICEUS experts see plenty of reasons why Flutter app development is infinitely worthwhile. The chief ones among them are as follows:
Yet, the overall lower price of building a Flutter app can vary significantly depending on several determinants.
Building a custom mobile app is never a bargain-price issue. However, you can save a lot if you approach the process by knowing the three vital factors that largely determine the sum you will have to fork out.
Technically, Flutter apps can be built for almost any platform (with certain reservations, though: Apple – namely Apple TV – is still inaccessible for customization efforts). But for some of them, the game might be not worth the candle. For instance, if you want to commission an Android smart TV app, you must realize that developers will have to build the entire control logic anew. Why? The touchscreen and mouse operations Flutter relies on don’t dovetail into remote control inputs employed in such smart TVs.
A Wear OS version of a Flutter app would be a job of work, too, since this platform doesn’t support the lion’s share of development features Flutter utilizes. The complexity of the task and the vast amount of effort in such cases would increase the cost tremendously, so with a specific platform in mind, it is better to think native.
An app cost is conditioned by the hourly rate a developing company charges. For a developer, creating an app takes a certain quantity of working hours needed to build its features that differ both in number and complexity. Naturally, the fewer and the simpler these features are, the less time a dev will spend creating them, so the cheaper the app is going to cost.
Some features are easy and swift to create (for instance, login), while others (like photo upload) take an entire working day to build. Other pricey items include payment integration, chatting, and navigation, with the latter taking around 300 hours to develop. Moreover, some native features consume more time to create a cross-platform app. For example, instead of 12 odd hours needed for building AR filters in a native app, Flutter developers would require up to 20 hours to do the same. If such features have little clout for your app, you may leave them out, cutting down on the cost Flutter app development will require.
Developing companies hailing from various regions have different hourly fees for their services.
Today, the biggest sums are charged by North American and Australian companies (from $100 to $200), and a notch lower are the prices of outsourcers from Western Europe. Charges of Latin American, South Asian, and Eastern European firms are more affordable, ranging between $25 and $50 per hour.
But while choosing an outsourcer for your Flutter app project, the numbers aren’t the only index you should steer by. Equally important is the quality of implementation. On balance, companies from Ukraine tick all the boxes. Offering first-rate services, Ukrainian engineers can create a product that will meet your requirements and live up to the expectations of prospective clients.
It is important to realize that each app is unique, so gauging your potential expenditures should be done with a view to a concrete project and its envisaged peculiarities.
It is not a problem to give ballpark numbers related to Flutter app development cost. Some simple project, say a fitness app with meal plans, workout tips, and weight diary, would cost anything between $25,000 and $35,000. A more advanced app with voice calls involved can be developed for up to $48,000. Integration of more complex features (like Instagram) will start your Flutter app project at $41,000 with the potential to run up to $55,000.
To arrive at a more precise sum, you should cooperate with the developer. Typically, cost assessment proceeds in the following way.
At this initial phase, you hold meetings with project managers and analysts who, after going through potential risks and solutions to them, come up with a rough estimation of execution terms. The realization of the minimum and maximum time necessary for the completion of the project gives you the general idea of the budget you will have to allocate. It is here that you must decide whether your app is worth making finance-wise.
Based on the data you provide, outsourcers create a wireframe of the app – the blueprint of a kind where you can see what the UI will look like.
Only after that, a detailed estimation of the project is possible. Once you agree upon the budget, project provisions, and wireframes, the development phase starts.
The score the developer called is in no way the final amount you will have to fork out. You should be aware of the accompanying expenses. The latter include:
It’s a common thing that you’d think of how to develop an app at a reasonable price. Any client starts thinking of the most effective ways to build an app and reduce costs for the development. For this reason, we always offer a discovery phase before the start of the project. A discovery phase, also known as business analysis, is the best way to explore all requirements appropriately, define the project scope, timeline, team composition. The deliverables of a discovery phase guarantee that your project will be delivered in the most efficient way, with minimum change requests, at a reasonable and predictable price.
Building a Flutter app is much cheaper than creating a native one. Yet the expenditures are nevertheless high, so you should take care you get a solid quality/price ratio for your money. DICEUS is a perfect choice in this respect since we can deliver a first-rate app, launching which won’t make a hole in your pocket.
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