What Does It Cost To Develop A Mobile App In Singapore?

With everyone using their mobile phones for pretty much everything these days, a lot of research and work has gone into making sure people have a great user experience on all platforms. Whether people use a phone, tablet, or desktop to to manage their banking, shopping, social, health or productivity, the experience needs to be smooth across the board for their convenience.

It's estimated that by 2025, there should be 5.09 million smartphone users in Singapore which is a drop in the ocean compared to it's neighbours Malaysia, Thailand, etc. This is important to note because most Singapore startups grow beyond the city state. This is a huge opportunity and if you are looking for an app development company to develop your app at an affordable cost, you are in the right place.

App developers usually charge per hour and the cost can range from $10 to $300 depending on the location, experience and reputation of the developer. The United States is easily the most expensive place to develop an app, with India on the bottom end of the scale. Singapore is not as expensive as the United States, and although the cost is lower, the standard is very high. Although the cost is lower in Singapore, it can still be quite high for many people. That's why it's important to work with a team who can present you with multiple options to get the most out of your budget. Here are a few factors that can affect the development cost:

  1. Strategy and Consulting
  2. Wireframing and Prototyping
  3. User Interface and User Experience Design
  4. Type of app (Native, Cross-Platform, Hybrid, Web)
  5. Platforms (Android, iOS, Web)
  6. Database requirements
  7. Speed and Quality
  8. Features, Complexity, and Customization

Informational Apps

Informational apps display static information about a business or topic of interest. Users can read about something and move to different pages and sections to learn more. The information is predefined or can be updated in intervals. The latter option would come at a higher cost. The cost of an informational app is around $10 000 - $40 000.

An example of an informational app in Singapore is a QR code menu. I'm sure you've seen this at a few restaurants. Sit down and scan a QR code and then you can browse the menu with your phone, removing the need to have physical menu's. This is not only great for the environment, but also keeps you from having to wait for them to arrive.

BeautyAsia, ITB Asia and World Food Fair are some of the largest conferences in Singapore. These events usually have developers create informational apps about the event. This can include anything from lineups and times to maps of the building and other important information.

Social Apps

Social apps allow you to create user accounts and interact with others. Some examples are Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Discord, and Reddit. Users are able to interact with each other via text, photos, video, and voice. The cost of a social app is around $40 000 - $100 000.

A social app is usually split into 2 categories. The first being for communication. This Kind of app focuses on private messaging and the information can only be seen by the people involved in the chat. It could be in the form of text, or even video. But the main idea is that it connects people and allows them to communicate with each other. In Singapore, Whatsapp and Telegram are some of the most popular communication apps. The second category is for sharing content. These apps allow you to create content for the public to see. The content can also be in any form. Twitter primarily let's users send tweets, while Instagram users enjoy posting pictures and short videos. Users are then able to interact with other people's content, usually in the form of likes and comments.

Marketplaces Apps

Marketplace apps are used to connect 2 groups together. Hotel and traveller. Driver and rider. Buyer and Seller. Freelancer and Client. Some examples would be Grab, Agoda, Shopee, and Carousell. These apps often contain complex features that increases the cost such as payments, location, and analytics. The cost of a marketplace app is around $20 000 to $100 000.

If you've ever wanted to book a trip to your favorite vacation spot or even feel like a staycation in Singapore, you would have used Agoda. Agoda is an example of a marketplace app because it acts like a middleman and allows 3rd party hotels list their properties on their platform. They handle all the date reservations and payments through their platform and take cut from the hotels. Similarly Grab is the go to app for getting around Singapore. Anyone can can create an account and then book a trip from A to B. A grab driver would then be assigned to pick you up and after the trip they will earn income for their work and Grab will take a commission for allowing the driver to make use of their platform.

E-Commerce Apps

E-commerce apps are used for companies to sell products directly to customers with their own platform. Some examples would be a grocery store, café/bar/restaurant, clothing stores, and electronic stores. So instead of using a marketplace like Shopee or Amazon, customers buy products directly with the company. The cost of an e-commerce app is around $15 000 - $50 000.

If you've ever bought your groceries or sneakers online, you've most likely used an e-commerce app. These apps might sound just like Marketplace apps but there is a big difference. These don't sell 3rd party products. These apps are built just to sell products directly from the store.

Productivity Apps

Productivity apps are used to manage certain tasks and information. Use cases are file storage apps, timers, todo lists and calendars. These apps are made for 1 user and do not allow interaction with others. The cost of a productivity app is around $10 000 to $30 000.

With life being so fast paced in Singapore, surely everyone has made use of some productivity apps. An example that comes to mind would be a project management app. You can create tasks, assign them to people and once the task is complete they can mark it off on the app.

Business Management Apps

Business management apps are used internally by companies to manage tasks, processes and employees to improve productivity and efficiency. Some use cases are document management, logistic tracking, customer and HR management. The cost of business management apps can range from $20 000 to $100 000 depending on the functionality.

Life is becoming more and more digitized and businesses are starting to follow the trend. This can help them save time, keep better track of things and even save money by cutting down on staff and office space. These apps can be as custom as needed and can take time to develop so expect a steeper price depending on how much needed to develop.

Working with a cost effective app development company In Singapore

The costs listed above are estimates and always depend on the specific case. When you develop an app, it's always broken up into versions. Starting with a simple version and adding new features in iterations as it grows. Building an app with too many features initially is not only costly, but also takes away from the user experience. As the saying goes, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. If you are looking for a team to develop your app, feel free to reach out with any questions you might have.

Gino Gottini
Gino Gottini
CEO at Potado