In Singapore, whether be it at home, on our way to work or at work, we are all constantly using our mobile phones. Unlike the olden days, people are no longer using the mobiles for only calling and messaging but for social networking purposes, online shopping, entertainment, surfing for information, reading news and so on. As such, mobile apps are becoming an inevitable part of everyone’s daily routine. When customers have gone mobile, businesses should create their mobile app to reach them and if you have not it is time you decide to make this shift in order not to be left behind.
If you are thinking to initiate this step by deciding to have an app developed for your business and need to know an estimated cost or app development cost for your type of app, you have reached the right place. Over here, we will explain the approximate or ballpark of the cost of the various types of mobile apps in Singapore. The reason we say ballpark is because it is impossible to give an exact figure of how much an app would cost without knowing the exact requirements and features of an app. The app cost is also determined on which platform you are going to have your mobile app built in – iOS, Android or both and which language to build with whether its native, hybrid or a web app. Native apps generally cost more than a hybrid or a web app due to its performance.
In the past and even till date, there are many businesses who request for a quotation by just explaining their app in a single sentence which is just not practical. So do take this as a hint of advice, whenever you are enquiring on your app cost with the various mobile app development companies in Singapore.
If you are thinking to get your app developed in other countries due to exchange rate differences, let us tell you that may not always be the case. Overseas companies quote in US dollars and the price they quote can be way higher than what an app development company in Singapore may charge. Where most companies estimate the cost of an app based on the man days needed to build the app, others may charge on an hourly basis from $50 to $200 per hour.
On the other hand, if you app is pretty straightforward with limited functionalities, you may want to use App Builders like Buildfire or AppyPie which do not require technical knowledge and coding skills. These app builders charge a monthly fee where the user can build a mobile app at their own convenience. But let us tell you that app builders are not scalable and are very restricted in terms of their features, designs and functions.
Below are certain types of apps and their estimated costs which businesses look to build.
- Informative Mobile Application
As the name sounds, informative mobile app is one of the cheapest to develop as they only contain static information and may include a contact form. This type of app would cost approximately S$10,000 depending on the number of pages to be included in the mobile app.
- mCommerce/Mobile Shopping Mobile Application
Shopping apps allows you to sell your products or services online through a mobile app. It is also integrated with payment gateways, wish lists, push notifications for new arrivals or flash sales and back-end CMS to receive and store order and customer information. Shopping application has to have security features in place to store customer’s credit card information safely. Example of a shopping app would be Zalora. Zalora has stated that a quarter of their sales comes through their mobile app. Their app has all the standard functions stated above. Such mCommerce mobile apps are priced approximately S$20,000 to S$40,000 in Singapore. Development cost will rise up with extra functions or integrations.
- Taxi/Private Car Booking Apps
Are you looking to replicate Uber or Grab mobile app or any other private car/taxi hailing app connecting the user and driver together? Basic features would include on demand booking, scheduled bookings, geolocation, GPS, automatic fare calculation, billing, automated e-receipts, tracking, notifications and alerts, SMS alerts and multiple payment gateway integration. A car hailing app with these standard features is going to cost approximately S$30,000 to S$60,000. Extra features would incur extra costs.
- Social media and Chatting applications
According to Statista, WhatsApp is the most popular chat in the world with 1300 million monthly active users. Chatting apps such as Tinder, Snapchat, WeChat are no less as well. They are too popular among various age groups. The main purpose of any chatting application is to allow users to interact with each other while exchanging data such as files and pictures also known as media transmission. Other functionalities would include video or voice calls, push notifications, registration and contact integration. Such a chat app would cost S$15,000 and can go up to S$40,000 if you want to add extra custom features. Customized Chatbot may cost additional.
- Gaming Apps
Gaming applications are one of the most expensive to develop as they require detailed planning, creative design and complex programming. The idea may be simple but it involves a mixture of sophisticated elements. Though users see the front end as a game, various elements of different apps are actually being combined such as social network, payment gateways, mCommerce, SaaS etc. Gaming apps may incur high maintenance costs as well. Basically it involves huge effort from the development team. Games can be classified into 2D and 3D. 3D games tend to cost more due to the quality of the visuals. A simple 2D game may cost between S$50,000 to S$80,000 whereas a 3D game may cost S$100,000
- Enterprise Mobile Applications
Enterprise app improves productivity and business efficiency within the company. The app is mainly used by the employees themselves to get a work done. Below are some categories of Enterprise Mobile Apps.
- Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
- Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
- Financial Accounting
- Customer Support
- Health Information Management System
- Automated Billing System
- Business Process Management
- Human Resource Management
- Corporate Identity Management
- Business Intelligence Software
- Intranet Portal
Enterprise mobile applications may vary from industry to industry. Standard apps range from S$30,000 to S$50,000 depending on the features.
- Hotel Booking Apps
A hotel app allows the user to book a room or make a reservation in the hotel. Features may include mobile check-in and check-out, useful tips for travellers, virtual key, loyalty programme etc. This app costs approximately S$50,000 to S$70,000
- Healthcare/Medical Mobile Apps
Healthcare industry alone has generated an income of $23 billion in 2017. Hospital mobile applications connect healthcare providers and patients together in one platform. One such healthcare app called is ringmd has recently been introduced in Singapore whereby doctors and patients connect together via video call for a diagnosis. Thus patients do not have to go down to a doctor despite being sick and medicines and even medical certificates are delivered right to your doorstep. Features may include accessing and viewing health records, scheduling appointments, pill prescriptions, healthy tips information, integration of payment gateways, push notifications for alerts etc. Such healthcare apps ranges from S$70,000 to S$90,000.
- Flight / Travel Booking
Travellers are increasingly using their mobile devices for travelling and accessing information via the internet. Mobile travel apps allow consumers to perform various tasks from comparing best room rates to planning routes. A recent study by TripAdvisor reveals almost half of the travellers all around the world use smartphones to plan their itinerary and book their trips. Functions in a travel app includes booking flights via calendar, cancelling or rescheduling booked flights, price tracker, notifications and alerts, car rental booking, hotel booking, itinerary planner, geolocation tracking services and maps, activities search, access to reviews, videos, picture gallery, weather forecast, currency converter and language translator. Price range for a travel app costs between S$30,000 to S$50,000.
- Retail Mobile App
Mobile apps have allowed companies to manage retail operations efficiently while enhancing customer experience. Over the years, app development for retail businesses has gained immense popularity. Companies not only use the mobile apps to showcase their products and services but also bridges digital and physical commerce. Apart from the standard purchasing process, retail app provides a platform to connect retailers and their customers. Special loyalty programs are introduced to retain the customers on these mobile apps. Amazon, being one of the world’s biggest online retailer, has a blend of features in their mobile app which includes user account and profile, product/service description and store information, geolocation, QR codes scanner, customer loyalty programs and discounts and mobile payment integration. Retail apps may range between S$20,000 to S$40,000.
- Banking and Finance App
In the past and even till date, we perform e-banking transactions on our desktops by directly accessing the bank websites. But companies such as DBS have already created banking mobile apps to provide customers with ease of access to banking services. One example is DBS PayLah! Standard core functions of a banking app include secured sign-in, balance check, bill payment, transaction history, account alerts, quick and easy scheduled bill payments and transfers, automatic savings transfer, virtual agent (AI chatbot) for responding to queries 24/7, ATM locator, QR code payments, cashbacks and ultimately the most important which is security which includes several layers and firewalls. Banking application cost can range between S$40,000 to S$80,000.
- Event Management App
An event management app allows a business to showcase all the events happening at a certain point of time. One example of an event management app in Singapore is Eventbrite. Standard functionalities include fully featured event guide, interactive maps, personalized schedules, push notifications, favorites and notes, instant content updates, audience segmentation, data management, real time analytics, attendee profiles. live polling private social network etc. Estimated cost for an event management mobile app would be S$20,000 to S$30,000.
- Educational App
Educational or e-learning mobile app allows students to learn through the app and allows the students access to course materials, assignments and their deadlines. Video tutorials or live video sessions with teachers can be included in the app. Search options to search for particular subject or topic, push notification and social media can be integrated as well. One such example of an interactive educational app is Koobits. It is widely used by schools in Singapore for students to enjoy learning. A standard educational app would cost approximately S$20,000 to S$40,000.
- Online food ordering App
Examples of food ordering mobile apps are Foodpanda and Grabfood. While having a list of restaurants in the database along with the pricing, the nearest restaurants to the users are filtered out. Functionalities include analytics, geolocation, payment gateways, online ordering system (Mobile Commerce or m-commerce), SMS adaptors for receiving SMS notifications, inbuilt tracker to monitor order status integrated with Google Maps for routing purposes, custom search option or filter option to choose food accordingly to cuisines, loyalty programs, social media integration, push notifications for recent news, updates, ratings and reviews. The ballpark for a standard food ordering mobile application is S$20,000 to S$40,000.
Is the price of the mobile app fixed when we receive the quotation?
In Codigeeks, what we quote to you at the beginning of the project is what you pay. No extra costs are involved unless you require additional features which may increase the development cost of the project. These are referred to as “CR” also known as “Change Requests”. Rest assured our pricing structure is extremely transparent and there are no hidden charges.
Therefore, if you are looking for professional app developers to build your dream app, you would definitely want to get your app developed over here in Singapore as the development rates here are competitive compared to other countries in the world. Furthermore, you can also be actively involved in the development process during the entire project which contributes to the success of your mobile app. We hope this article covers the complete aspect of the cost of developing a mobile app in Singapore. If you have any queries, feel free to reach us. Our mobile app consultants are more than glad to assist you in any relevant matter required.