To release an Android app, you need to register with Google Play Developer as a prerequisite. The registration fee is $ 25, but there is no annual fee and you only have to pay for the first registration. After registration is complete, enter the required information in the Developer Console and apply for app registration.
As with the iPhone app, the screening is done, but in general, the screening results are returned in a few days, and it seems that the screening tends to be less rigorous. The above is the outline of the android app registration process.
So how much does Android App Development cost?
Android App Development cost estimate
The average cost of developing an app can range from $5,000 - $100,000
The cost varies greatly depending on what kind of application you develop, whether you include a payment system, how many changes you make during the development process and many other factors.
To estimate the cost you will have to first understand what choices you will make to develop your App. And understand the android App development process.
The 6 steps of Android App development.
1. Create ideas and define requirements
2. Develop the app
3. Test the app to see if there are any bugs
4. Submit it for review and wait for it to pass
5. Analyze the results of the app
6. Upgrades and maintenance costs
1. Idea generation / requirement definition
Whether it is an app or a website, content on the Internet first has an idea generation and requirement definition process. During this process, you will come up with ideas and define the requirements for those ideas.
After deciding what kind of application you want to make, we will create a detailed document outlining those requirements, called the "requirement definition document". This document will contain the following details:
• What language and development environment will be used to create the app
• What procedure will be used for programming, etc.
• What will the design be?
• What will be installed as an app function?
• How many people will be required for development?
• How long will it take to be developed? How long can you afford for it to be developed?
• We will decide in detail for the application to be created.
Idea generation and requirement definition can be achieved both in-house or it can be outsourced. Idelly, you want to have a decent grasp of what you want before talking to anyone outside.
2. Android App Development process
After clearly deciding what kind of application you want to make, including the outline, the next step is the actual development. Android App development is done using primarily the following two programming languages:
Java: There are many related libraries that were traditionally mainstream in Android applications production.
Kotlin: Similar to Java, a new language that has become a Google-certified Android application development language
If you want to make an Android application by yourself, you should first study these two languages. However, learning a programming language takes some time, and then getting good at it takes even longer. So you can hire a freelancer or an App development company.
3. Test the app for bugs, etc.
After completing the app development, the next step is to check the app for bugs.
Since many apps are "agile development (development method that repeats app development → release diligently)", it is indispensable to diligently identify app bugs and deal with them in advance.
What you have to be careful about is the environment for verifying the operation of the app.
The app doesn't know what device the target user will use to operate.
Since Android is "open source", each manufacturer customizes it and installs it in each model. Therefore, there is a possibility that a phenomenon such as "It should be the same Android version, but it does not work if the device is different" may occur.
For this reason, it is best to verify the actual device with an Android smartphone that is supposed to be used by the target user of the application, but the terminals that can be prepared at your own store are limited. The method of verifying the actual machine with a cloud service is often used, but that process will incur extra costs.
4. Submission for Review
After crushing the bugs that are submitted for review and when the app is ready for release, the next step is to submit an app review request to "Google Play".
You have to create an account for Google Play application developers called "Google Developer" and carry out the review work.
Carefully check the precautions for the Android app and be careful not to be caught out with any inaccuracies during the examination.
Android app reviews are known to be more relaxed than that for "iOS" apps.
Recently, Google has strengthened the screening to keep out faulty apps, but it is still much easier than the screening of the "App Store". The app will be published on Google Play in a few days at the earliest.
Timed publishing allows you to adjust the release timing of your app.
5. Analyze the Android App Development results
After releasing the app, you can use various analysis tools to check how the App is performing in the real world.
An App is just one of the marketing and sales tools, and once you release it, there is still a lot more work to be done.
When checking the Apps performance results, be careful not to look only at the number of downloads.
It's easy to focus on the number of downloads to see if your app is successful, but no matter how many downloads you get, the success of the App will finally be judged on how much it is being used and how easy it is to use.
6. Perform version upgrades, maintenance and inspections
As mentioned above, there are multiple stages to the production of an application, and it takes a considerable amount of time.
Without excellent programming skills, it won’t be possible to create your own with full scratch (programming from scratch to create an app). Also, it won’t be possible to do maintenance work and upgrades on the App. You will need to hire professionals to do that. You can either let the team who initially developed your App to take care of this part or hire a different App development company to do it for you. Your choice should depend on how happy you are with the initial App development team and the cost.
Outsourcing is not automatically going to make your App extremely cheap. The costs will still vary depending on the type of app. For example, even when outsourced to China, a game app can easily cost $100,000 depending on the scale and functions.
Final word on Android App development
Android Apps can be extremely profitable and add immense value to existing businesses. As of 2019, almost 87% of all smartphones in the world were Android phones. So really, if you are going to develop and App for the masses then you must also release an Android version of the App.
The cost of Android App development depends on the factors we have listed above, and once you have a better understanding of your requirements you will be in a better position to accurately estimate the cost of developing your App idea. The easiest way though to find out how much your App will cost is to contact us for a free consultation. In the consultation, one of our experienced App strategists will ask you questions to help them identify your requirements and then give you an accurate estimate of developing and maintaining your App. They will also help you understand the steps you can take to ensure your Apps success and to make it a profitable business.