How much does it cost to build a media viewer app?

Standard price for a media viewer app: $17,466

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What is a media viewer app?

A media viewer is a web or mobile application that enables users to view videos and other forms of media. Media viewers typically include a search function and a method for rating and reviewing content.

Media viewer apps are similar to other image-focused consumer-facing apps like photo editing apps, art and design apps, or lifestyle apps. Two popular media viewers are Google Photos and Flickr.

Here are some recent media viewer app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • A marketplace app for NFTs with a MetaMask integration that allows users to sell NFT frames and projects to their clients.

  • A fitness app with chat, social, and geolocation features that helps users connect with one another, fitness professionals, nutritionists, and chiropractors and provides resources to help users locate gyms, parks, and other establishments to workout at.

  • A digital business card app with social media elements that users can share with others via a QR code and update over time.

What is the typical cost to build a media viewer app?

A media viewer app usually costs $17,466 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $10,000 or as high as $30,000. A media viewer 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 media viewer app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $17,199

  • $15,199

  • $20,000

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

How long does it take to build a media viewer app?

A media viewer app usually takes 233 hours to build. However, a media viewer app can be built in as few as 133 hours, or in as many as 400 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 media viewer apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 229

  • 203

  • 267

How to successfully grow your media viewer application

A media viewer app needs to create an in-app experience that encourages users to come back every day. A media viewer app can do this by providing a curated selection of content, rather than relying on the user to provide their own content. Providing additional incentives (such as payment or prizes for sharing) will also help increase new user growth, and can also attract existing users who will be motivated to share more often.

Risks and challenges of building a media viewer application

Media sharing apps can face legal challenges related to copyright infringement, copyright protection measures, and the handling of sensitive personal information. Media viewer apps should not host or distribute media files. It is advisable to use a third-party API for hosting your media files.

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