Tracy Watson 16/09/2019 #Tips #AR 8 min read The AR industry is growing quickly as businesses across industries are realizing the huge potential that it offers. Companies everywhere are utilizing to build long-lasting relationships with their customers and provide a more individualized shopping experience. Just like with any other technology, AR apps come with development costs. In this article, we will take a look at some of the factors that go into the augmented reality app development cost. First, let’s take a look at the stages of AR app development.Stages of AR App DevelopmentThe first step is collecting all of the requirements. You will have to give the development company all of the details about functionality and everything you want to be included in your app. Try giving the developers as many details as possible about how you envision your ideal product. If you have any sketches or photos of the product, you should provide them as early as possible.Next comes the planning stages. This is where the project manager will contact you to discuss some of the most critical aspects of development. This includes:Assembling a development team and assigning roles to individual developersSetting goals, benchmarks, and timeframesProviding you with clear and detailed estimationsThe third stage is providing you with pricing estimations. Augmented reality app development services will include things like the costs of creating the infrastructure, design, and any specific characteristics you would like to be included in your product. We will go into greater detail about the factors that will influence the pricing a little later on, but right now let’s continue with the next stage of development, which is creating the UI/UX.The user experience and interface will continue to be adjusted until you have a final idea of how the app should be built. This usually starts with creating the wireframe, which is a UX-based view of how the app will function. The wireframe can very big since it will display the user flow from one screen to the next. For example, if a person is at the login screen and he forgot his password, he can click on the “Forgot Password” button, which will send him to the next screen. This will have to be drawn out in the wireframe.Once this stage is complete, the development company will create a prototype that will give you an idea of how the end product will look. This will usually be a collection of images with tippable hotspots. If you are happy with the prototype, then the development stage can begin. Lots of companies are using the Agile methodology for product development which involves breaking up development into two-week periods called sprints. Each one will focus on the specific functionality of the app. At the end of the sprint, a build will be released to you and for the quality assurance team as well.After all of the sprints are complete, there will be some user acceptance testing. This is done for you to test and sign off on the final version of the product. Now that you know all of the stages of the development process let’s take a look at some of the factors that go into the pricing.What Influences the Costs of an AR App?Let’s enumerate some of the things that are factored into the price you get:Platform and Business Model – You might need an AR app for iOS for both iPhone and iPad as well as for Android and other platforms. The specific platforms you would like you AP do be available on will impact the pricing. Also, your business model must be taken into account. Will your app be available for free, or will you let the market determine its cost? Will you have in-app purchases or even full eCommerce functionality? This will greatly impact the price of your AR app.Complexity – The user interface on mobile devices is more complicated than on PC. An iOS app will usually be cheaper to create since the Android platform is more complex. In fact, it could take twice as long to build an Android app than an iOS one.Features and Design – Think about the tech specs of your app. If your app requires an API, server, database, and other things will influence the costs.It is also important to note that your choice of development company will also be a significant factor in the price you end up paying. Some of the larger companies will charge more simply because of their brand name. Therefore it is essential to shop around.How Much Does Augmented Reality Cost?Apps built by some of the biggest names in the industry could range between $50,000-100,000. In fact, a lot of them might not even entertain the idea of working on projects that cost less. Midmarket players could create your app for $20,000-60,000 while boutique agencies can go even lower. Furthermore, the price will fluctuate, depending on the development company’s geographic region. For example, in India and Asian countries, the cost of development will be somewhere between $10-55 an hour while in Eastern European countries it will be $25-100.With all of these factors in mind, be sure to select the software development company that best fits your needs. The augmented reality price should not be the only factor in your decision process. Be sure to evaluate the company’s portfolio and listen to their planned approach in developing your app.