When we talk about the technical advancements, the first thing that strikes in mind is soared Mobile Applications Usage. Be it shopping or traveling, every planning can be done online using these applications. Mobile applications have actually made people’s life mobile in true senses. Almost everything can be managed through mobile phones and feature-rich applications.
The high pace of completing tasks has lifted the mobile application usage among the population. It has now become inevitable for businesses to adopt the mobile application trend for attaining the heights. If we talk in the context of technology, there are mainly two platforms used for mobile app development, either Android or iOS. The decision is tough as the population is distributed as Android users and iOS users. To resolve this concern, the concept of cross-platform Flutter came into the market.
Precisely, Flutter is a cross-platform & open-source framework for app development. Google’s brainchild Flutter was introduced in the year 2015. Flutter is used to develop the applications which are compatible with both Android & iOS.
Estimation of Flutter App Development Cost
Flutter has a few perks and features which makes it a preferred app development platform. An application based on the Flutter framework is compatible with both iOS & Android hence, the cost is less than building two separate applications. The cost estimation of Flutter app development depends on various factors. But the major factors affecting the cost of the Flutter app development are:
- Backend & Server
- Functionalities & Integrations
- Maintenance & Support
Let’s discuss these cost affecting factors in detail.
The first impression always matters. In context to the designing of the application, UX represents user experience design and UI represents user interface design, all together create an exquisite app. Designing comprises two parts:
- Creating a seamless user experience
- Adding creativity and colors to the application outlook
Flexible user experience asks for a visceral UI/UX design. The better integration of UI and UX creates a better user experience.
UI designing develops the outer look and feel of the application. An instinctive and unimpeded application design urge users to be interested in the app features. UI/UX development plays a part in the cost estimation of Flutter app development. The price deciding features includes the following:
- Complexity of Designs
- & more
Suppose, you need an app for a kids’ education system. The toddlers are more likely to be attracted to the colorful & cartoon animated application. Hence, the cost of the application will be more than compared to the simple application with just a few images. Dynamics, app representation, live images, no. of display options decide the complexity of a Flutter app designing.
We know the importance of a backbone in a human body to help a person walk. Similarly, the backend works as a backbone for an application. Only the outer part of the application is visible to users but the other part which is supporting overall operations is elusive and hidden “Backend”. Backend is the mysterious brain of the application which controls the app data, server, real-time chatbots, app security, and data backups. In estimating the application cost, the backend will hold a solid value.
- The database is used to store all the user data for a better-personalized user experience.
- The server is required for handling the multiple client requests and managing operations
- Real-time push messages deliver on-spot assistance to a user
- Data encryption and security codes will be implemented in the backend of the application
- Also, the backend will contain all the data backups
Functionalities & Integrations
Modern application development supports a feature-rich application embedded with all the user requirements. The mobile application demand is not generic but specific for customer-oriented businesses. With mobile app development, endless possibilities can be created whether it is a game application or an online store.
Every industry vertical requires a custom-made mobile application that includes customer-focused features. A mobile application can be built to perform almost everything virtually. Therefore, depending on the advancements the application cost may start from hundreds and reach thousands.
Mainly three types of application are developed.
- List View Application — Optimized version of the company website with a few basic features listed in the application menu.
- Dynamic Application — An application like Facebook, Instagram, etc with real-time data access and is based on a server to create a personalized user experience.
- Gaming Application — From simple gaming app to a complex one with high-resolution animations, 3D graphics, AI-enabled features and more.
All of these applications are designed following user requirements. The basic features and add on integrations make a perfect tailor-made application. The functionalities that can be embedded are the following:
- Payment gateways
- SMS gateways
- AI Chatbots
- AR navigation & Geo-positioning
- Social integration
- Push Messages
- 3D modeling
- Healthcare application with body sensor
- AR/VR based applications
Maintenance & Support
Appropriate maintenance of an application is required to unfold its true potential. Every application has some benefits and some drawbacks that are analyzed by the users after its launch. So it’s not over yet if your application has been deployed on the play store. There are countless updates and improvements prepared for the application depending on the user feedback and latest trends.
Only the developer is familiar with the know-how of the application up-gradation, new updates, platform-specific updates, etc. So, incorporating the maintenance cost in the project cost is essential for ignoring future blunders. There will always be a flow of excessive user feedback after the application launch which can either be negative or positive. We know that ultimately the users are responsible for deciding the success of an application, so small changes and updates according to their feedback will always be required.
The backups of the application data, system uptime, and server scaling will be included in the maintenance cost of an application. Based on the user feedback, monthly updates can be released to help users explore more. The basic errors and bugs can be fixed despite adding more features to an application. In the next few months, the application can be extended with new features and updates. This is how the overall success of an application can be maintained with appropriate application maintenance.
We can conclude that Flutter app developments cost less than native app development. It is based on a Dart i.e an agile, easy to implement, and responsive programming language. Dart platform widgets are built using a native high-performance interpretation system. Therefore, they are quick and can be easily customized. Flutter framework offers vivid amazing widgets to create an attractive mobile application. It is in many ways better than other hybrid app development platforms.
At CitrusLeaf Software, we have an adept team for Flutter development. Our team strives to understand your requirements keenly and provide the in-budget solution depending on the requirements. For any kind of customization, integrations, and development based on Flutter, connect with us to solve all your queries.