How much does it cost to build a language interpretation app?

Standard price for a language interpretation app: $30,000

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What is a language interpretation app?

A language interpretation application is a web, mobile, or desktop application that translates spoken audio from one language to another. The app converts the speech into written text for display and then converts the text back into spoken audio in real time. Language interpretation apps may include additional features such as a dictionary of frequently used terms, voice/video/text chat with other users who speak those languages, or an integrated WebRTC video conferencing platform.

Language interpretation apps have much in common with other local service apps like education apps, Health Care apps, restaurant discovery apps, and utility apps. One of the most popular language interpretation apps is Google Translate.

Here are some recent language interpretation app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • A white-labeled version of Boostlingo.

What is the typical cost to build a language interpretation app?

A language interpretation app usually costs $30,000 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $25,000 or as high as $35,000. A language interpretation app with a low number of features (also known as a "minimum viable product", or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality.

For example, here are some recent language interpretation app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $30,000

Here are some considerations that may impact the cost of a app:

How long does it take to build a language interpretation app?

A language interpretation app usually takes 400 hours to build. However, a language interpretation app can be built in as few as 333 hours, or in as many as 467 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, or non-standard release platforms.

For example, the most recent language interpretation apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 400

How to successfully grow your language interpretation application

A language interpretation app can use its own data to demonstrate the value that it provides. Language interpretation apps tend to target niche markets, and these users are unlikely to be familiar with the apps before they need them. It's important for a language app to provide a simple user experience and to demonstrate as much value as possible in its first use. Language interpretation apps should also offer incentives for new users to refer their friends, and they should encourage users to invite their existing network of contacts onto the platform.

Risks and challenges of building a language interpretation application

A language interpretation app faces many of the legal and logistical risks that a ridesharing or dating app faces, as well as the significant risk that it will fail to provide accurate results for its users. If you are creating a language interpretation app, you should ensure that your app is able to detect and respond to user frustration (such as by providing a standard definition for terms when they are not understood) before it leads to legal action. It is also advisable to create a policy for responding to frustrated users who might take their issues offline.

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