The real cost of outsourcing hybrid app development

10th October 2022

If your business has identified an opportunity to create a Mobile app, either to build your brand, increase customer loyalty or make efficiencies for your staff, then you’ll be looking at how much one might cost to develop. In this article we look at what a hybrid app is and why outsourcing your app development may be the most cost-effective way to get your businesses app launched.

What is a hybrid mobile app?

Let’s start and clarify what a hybrid mobile app is and how they differ from the other options out there. For mobile apps there are three main tranches; progressive web, hybrid and native. A hybrid mobile apps sits in the middle between a progressive web app, which is essentially a version of your website added to the home screen of the device. Or a native app which is designed from the ground up using programming language specific to mobile operating system. 

How does a hybrid app work?

The way hybrid apps are built is also one of their key advantages over native apps. A hybrid app doesn’t need developing in a mobile operating specific language, they are built using web technologies like HTML, CSS and JavaScript making them much more straight forward to develop. Their hybrid nature makes them compatible across different operating systems, making it easier and quicker to launch an app on Apple and Android mobile devices.

How much does it cost to build a hybrid app?

As a hybrid app is built using the same web based code found on your website rather than mobile specific languages, the costs of your development will be less than creating a bespoke native app. If your mobile app intends to utilise features on your website it could be possible to repurpose some of your sites code, further reducing development cost.

When it comes to estimating costs, hybrid apps are just like websites, it really depends what is required. Consider how many screens need design and development, what systems and databases need integrating to the app and what features need adding. With this in mind you’ll be able to identify a more realistic cost figure from your developer.

App Calculator

At Webol we’ve developed a handy cost calculator to help your business gain an estimated cost for developing a mobile app, select from the different options and features and one of our experts will be in touch. Try out our mobile app calculator.

Why outsource your hybrid app development? 

Just like a native mobile app, a hybrid app takes more than a developer working alone to make it a success. The design and user experience requirements needed on mobile screens will often mean the standard desktop layouts of you site will need rethinking. This requires a team of specialists working together each offering their skill to the project. Sourcing the required skill internally within your own IT teams will take training and taking them away from their day to day roles. An outsourced team will have the experience to develop the app themselves and call on other expertise as required. As a result you will bear less cost and have a faster turn-around time by choosing to outsource.

Speak to the outsourcing experts

At Webol we manage a talent pool of expert developers, skilled in mobile apps and much more. If you would like to know more about costing and creating your hybrid app then contact us.

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