Internet has virtually shrunk the world into a Global Village and Mobile Phones has brought the world on our finger tips.
Every individual person is rushing to find a space in the Cloud Market place. If you have an idea and wish to share it with the whole world or plan to encash upon it, then Mobile Applications is the best solution for it. Almost every human soul on earth has access to the applications even when they are on the move.
So, build a well designed, good featured content App and launch it on the Mobile Apps Store.
But, in reality the situation is not that simple. It follows a long, intricate process and involves a series of seen and unforseen expenses.
Hence, prepare yourself to face certain unpredictable events that may arise anytime during the entire life-cycle of the application. As per the expense is concerned, proper estimation does help in meeting the various expenditures that will be incurred during the complete process. However, an exact cost estimation is not humanly possible. Maintenance of a separate account for miscellaneous expenses will back you up at the point of unforeseen emergencies.
We can easily predict the usual expenditures that are involved in developing an app for Mobile Play stores. But what do we exactly know of hidden Costs involved?
What is An Undisclosed Cost or Hidden Cost?
These are charges that are not revealed initially because they were not predicted while fixing the pricing strategy or cost budget estimation. They pop up suddenly due to uninformed turn of events.
The 6 Different Types Of Unforeseen Costs That Can Occur?
It is the most powerful management tool to boost your mobile app. It is the role of a security guard, enabling you to keep a closed watch on your users, their behaviour and their messages. You can get an insight into what they post and how they interact with each other and take care of the users if they behave inappropriately. The administration panel enables the end users to control the backend and setup its settings, deploy apps, manage server’s content and user access, collect and view statistics, etc. You need to have a well experienced person who can take care of this job for you.
Managing Datas and Security issues are two of the key concerns for the company. In most cases, server infrastructure is developed for the coordination and synchronization purposes, to connect a mobile app with one or more databases. Most of the application’s business logic is implemented here. Many BaaS providers offer their services, free of charge, only up to a certain point. This may increase your revenue estimated cost budget.
Social Media Integration–
The trend of Social Media Integration has become a growing trend, adding a real spice to the otherwise boring software. They improve the functionality and user interest of the apps. Eg: Facebook, Instagram, Tinder etc. Usually, the need for social media integration arises only after the application is launched in the market. Connecting with a third party definitely involves shedding a few cash.
Integration With 3rd Party–
There is always a need to continuously improve the features and contents of the application based on useful user feedback. To streamline the development process, some of the mobile app functions can be easily realised by incorporating them from third-party ready libraries, frameworks, services and websites. Examples are audio/video players, real-time charts (through Google analytics tool or other tool), payment services and cloud hosting. This process does not come free of cost.
Optional Hardware Usage–
Modern smartphones often contain different additional hardware components such as sensors (gyroscopes, accelerometers, barometers, proximity sensors, brightness sensors, etc.), communication modules (Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, etc.) and additional devices (cameras, hardware keyboards, etc.) However, the specific features required to have the above mentioned components may differ from gadget to gadget and from manufacturer to manufacturer. Implementing such varied hardware features and testing the software’s compatibility with specific devices may increase significantly the project’s complexity, development time and the estimated development cost.
Sudden emergencies may arise during the application development process. Eg: The client requires the need for the application to be released in a certain limited period of time, faster than the project timeline estimates. We would need to increase the amount of personnel, involved in developing it. to maintain the minimum acceptable application quality. The more resources are involved, the more the development cost grows along with it.
Unforeseen Midway Project Changes–
Mobile app developers, initially, can provide with a reasonable cost estimate based on initial specs or minimum viable product (MVP). However, this is definitely bound to change. In the middle of development, possibilities arise to add new features or tweak designs. Each change will have an impact on the overall costs of the app.
The above mentioned factors on hidden Cost arises once you start building your application. Hence, they normally do not arise at the point when you are chalking down your plan or preparing your estimated cost budget. Once you enter the core of the development process, you start realising the rising need of involving many external factors to improvise your handiwork. This gradually raises the overall cost of production process. Emergencies also can show up at any point of time. Therefore it is always safe to keep aside some extra funds to meet these unforeseen events.
Fluper is very particular with the overall cost figure required for application projects and make sure to give an actual picture of the cost estimation, cutting out major of the hidden costs before initiating the development process.