How much does it cost to build a technology app?

Standard price for a technology app: $13,400

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What is a technology app?

A technology application is a web, mobile, or desktop application that provides users with information about computer hardware and software. Technology apps often provide users with detailed specifications for computers, smartphones, tablets, operating systems (OS), and virtual machines (VM). They may also include comparisons of different products on the market and feature interviews with industry leaders.

Technology apps are often viewed as subtypes of productivity apps. Utility apps are also similar to technology apps, although many utility apps are focused on providing content rather than enabling users to create new content themselves. Examples of technology-oriented applications include Google Docs, Evernote, Slack, Trello, and Adobe Illustrator.

Here are some recent technology app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • A sports-based betting app with social elements that allows you to make friendly wagers with friends—similar to Venmo, but geared towards sports.

  • A website built for a new brand in the technology sector that includes a series of custom Chrome extensions, brand development and design, and web design.

  • 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 technology app?

A technology app usually costs $13,400 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $3,000 or as high as $30,000. A technology 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 technology app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $10,000

  • $10,199

  • $20,000

How long does it take to build a technology app?

A technology app usually takes 179 hours to build. However, a technology app can be built in as few as 40 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 technology apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 133

  • 136

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

How to successfully grow your technology application

A technology app needs a strong value proposition to attract new users. It can be effective to develop a "killer app" that has a very specific use case and delivers maximum value for customers who will use the app every day. In order to create viral growth, tech apps should give customers an incentive to share the app with their friends, such as free usage credits if they invite their friends to sign up.

Risks and challenges of building a technology application

Technology apps often face legal risk posed by intellectual property infringement, computer fraud or abuse, and security breaches. You will want to familiarize yourself with the laws that protect your technology and ensure that you are in compliance with these laws when creating your app.

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