Do Mobile Apps Need to Be Expensive?

Do quality mobile apps need to be expensive?

After hearing this question repeatedly from start-up companies, we were determined to address expensive apps by developing tools and a system of development that would dramatically reduce the cost of web and mobile app development.

The solution came from Xamarin native cross-platform technologies that provided the ability to develop mobile solutions for iOS and Android phones by sharing native code across platforms. Combining this code sharing solution with a unique time-saving SDK tool developed for StrongLoop of San Mateo, app development was streamlined resulting in a significant reduction in development time and costs while maintaining a high level of app quality.

An example of this app development can be found with New York start-up, InstaPet.

InstaPet was looking for a method of implementing transportation and emergency veterinarian web and mobile app services. Operating initially throughout Manhattan, the company required their services to be available when their clients placed an order on any type of mobile device or internet web application. Response to a client’s request was based on the proximity of InstaPet’s network of service providers. The service providers were required to be available and respond to a client’s request on a prompt basis.

By creating customer-friendly front end functional UI/UX displays of InstaPet’s service options and by developing a sophisticated back end that assists with the automation of services and managerial support functions, InstaPet significantly improved the process of their emergency responses and other services. The use of Xamerin, the SDK and an in-house group of specialized developers achieved the development of InstaPet’s apps at a fraction of industry costs.

For a look at the development components of this project go to

So do quality mobile apps need to be expensive?

The answer depends on the resources used. The use of Xamerin’s code sharing across iOS and Android platforms leverages coding to new levels of efficiencies. This new efficiency of coding combined with the specialized SDK results in a solution of achieving high-quality mobile apps at reduced costs.

The key to finding comprehensive end-to-end app development services at pricing that makes sense for startup companies is spending some time investigating the developers of web and mobile apps. The tools people use and how much time it takes them to produce a product is what gives the product its value. And the same is true for mobile app development. Finding a developer of quality mobile apps at an affordable price depends on the people and the tools they use.

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