Mobile App Development FAQs by Buzinga

Frequently asked questions about
mobile app development.

How much does it cost to build a mobile application?

Based off a brief conversation, its impossible to tell you how much it would cost to build your app.

It takes a fair bit of work to give someone a fixed price cost. It’s like asking ‘how long is this piece of string?’ – without a ruler.

Building a mobile app is not cheap.

If you’re surprised at an $80,000 ballpark then you’re going to need do go back to the drawing board and do a little more research. We’ve put together a guide that will give you access to a simple breakdown and benchmarks of the major costs involved of building an app.

As a business, your biggest goal will be to measure the return on the money you’ve invested into the mobile app, so we’ve put together this framework you can use to measure the cost and ROI of building enterprise mobile applications.

How long does a mobile app take to be developed?

This one is pretty straight forward.

If you’re using the Lean Startup method and releasing a minimum viable product to market, you can expect your app to be delivered efficiently and effectively within 4-6 months.

You can learn more about how we use a 3 step loop for delivering mobile apps on time and on budget by reading this blog from our Managing Director and Co-Founder Graham McCorkill.

How do I validate my app idea?

To know if your app idea is any good will involve serious market research.

Step 1: Research for competitors. Read our Ultimate Guide To Competitive Analysis here.

Step 2: Understand your market size.

Step 3: Follow these 5 tips for validating your idea with your target market.

Step 4: Read this post on how to turn your app into a money making machine.

Step 5: Create a business plan. Click here for access to our 20 minute, 1 page, business plan for app startups.

Once you’ve followed these 5 steps, we guarantee you’ll know if your app idea is any good.

What is the most effective app monetisation strategy?

It’s easy to get swept up in the Silicon Valley media circus of Facebooks, Snapchats and Ubers, who raised millions of dollars before they even made a cent of revenue.

Although these companies may seem like they’re the norm as they dominate the media circuit, in the biz they are referred to as ‘unicorns’ because they are so rare.

So how do you make money from a mobile app when you’re not a unicorn?

It’s important to stay current and do ‘what works NOW’. Our Product Managers will work with you to discover the best monetisation model for your application.

In the meantime you can read 5 App Monetisation Models that consumers are responding positively to today.

You can also explore in this post 4 ways to double your app’s profits in 30 days.

Should I develop in iOS or Android?

With roughly 1.6 billion people around the world now using a smartphone, the mobile app market has never been more exciting or lucrative, with Android and iOS dominating the smartphone operating systems.

You will have to decide exactly which type of smartphone user you want to target first if you don’t want to build both at the same time.

As they are two very different mobile platforms that require two very different types of language (Android apps are predominantly done in Java, while iOS ones are mostly done in Objective C or Swift) and native UI / UX design.

For total market penetration you eventually want to develop for both iOS and Android.

Buzinga also builds for Windows, Blackberry and any other software or website platform.

How do I get more mobile app downloads?

Easy: Market your app.

There’s nothing worse than pouring months or even years of effort and thousands of dollars into building an engaging, intuitive product only to launch it to the app store, and…


App downloads come from people knowing that your app exists and that comes from creating a killer customer acquisition strategy.

Start off by reading our Beginners Guide To Mobile App Marketing and stack up your tool belt with these 21 tools for marketing your startup, then head over to the ‘App Marketing section of our blog.

What is the process for building an app?

We use a three step process that ensures your app is delivered on time and on budget. We put together the best team suited to your idea, who possess the skills required to get the job done and a team that complements your own skill sets.

The team includes a Product Strategist, Project Manager, UX Designer, UI Designer, Business Analyst and an IT engineer.

Our team are awesome. They’re some of the most experienced and vibrant app product developers in Australia, with international experience spanning across 50% of the team.

Our team use the highly regarded ‘Lean Method’ for developing software, producing the first version of your product as a Minimum Viable Product (MVP).

We believe that this approach provides the best opportunity to eliminate wasted resources and thereby minimise cost and risk.

Contact us.

We work incredibly hard to make sure our customers
apps are successful, and we’ll do the same for you.
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