If you follow our blog regularly, you probably read the post How much does it cost to build Magento Mobile App.
In this post, we have shown you how to estimate the cost for Magento Mobile App Development for each stage.
In short, there are 4 phases for developing a Magento native app: Discovery (making a detailed plan), App Design (costs $1,000-3,000), App Development ($10,000-20,000), Support and Maintenance (50% of the app’s initial price in the 1st year, 25% in the 2nd year, and between 15-25% for every year after).
Although the total cost will be different depending on the fame, capabilities, and regions of the Magento mobile app development company that you work with, it will definitely be very costly.
It seems that developing Magento mobile app is the competition of only “big guys” in the e-commerce industry.
However, if you are just a small online business, there is still a way to afford a mobile app and we will show you how in this article.
Keep reading or you will regret it.
Have you heard about the Magento Hybrid App?
The Magento hybrid app is actually a web app, but it’s given a lightweight native app “container” allowing it to leverage certain native platform functionalities and device hardware that a regular web application can’t access.
If building a Magento native app is out of your reach, there is no better alternative than Magento hybrid app
Firstly, as we have mentioned, the Magento hybrid app has exceptional cross-platform functionality, which means that you only need to build one version of your app. In other words, there is no need to design, develop, and maintain separate app versions to run on different platforms (e.g.: Android and iOS) while we still get an app with a “native feel” for the users. More specifically, the code can be shared between different versions of the apps across devices, and also, the core of the app can be updated without going via the app stores. As a result, we can save a lot of time and effort for the whole Magento mobile app development and maintenance process.
Secondly, since the time for app development has a close relationship with the cost, when the time is cut down, a huge cost will be saved. At first, the budget for design and development might fall to half or even lower (e.g.: from $10,000 to $5,000). Then, as the support and maintenance cost depends mainly on the initial expenditure of creating the app, you also save a numerous amount of money for maintaining the app performance in both the short-term and long term. Consequently, the store owners can have a greater budget for other investment activities such as new app promotion.
Thirdly, if a Magento hybrid app is well built, we nearly can’t tell the difference between it and a Magento native version. And if you are a customer, you even don’t care what the app truly is but the experience with the app. Like any other native apps, you can find the hybrid app on your phone, install it on your device and find it in app stores.
So, why do we have to pay a massive amount of money and time to build a Magento native app while we can get one with nearly the same quality with a half or even lower cost?
Developing Magento Hybrid App instead of Magento Native App is a wise option but here is the optimal solution
On the one hand, you can hire professional mobile app developers to build your app from scratch. After 3 months or more, you will get the app and pay them a certain fee (at least $3,000).
On the other hand, you can build your desired app based on our FREE ready-made Magento 2 Mobile App.
This is a great Magento hybrid app built on the Ionic framework, followed by a nice flat design to improve customer experience when using the app. Especially, this mobile app can provide you with all necessary functions from push notifications, social login, wishlist manager, fast checkout, sort and filter to deep linking, and so on. Here is the demo of the app:
If you want to build a similar app for your website, please send your request to email@example.com.
We will build your app and send it back within 2 working days. Find more information here.
In conclusion, there are two potential solutions for Magento mobile app development when your budget is limited, which are building a Magento Hybrid App from scratch or building is based on our ready-made product.
If you wish for a highly customized app, you should go for the first option.
By contrast, if you want a complete app with minor customization, we highly suggest the second option.
Regardless of your choice, we can satisfy your need with high-quality service. Contact us now to get a free quote and consultation for your Magento mobile app development project.