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Timeframe for Building a Native Mobile App

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, January 11, 2013   |    3 Comments
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Bangalore: Seeing the number of apps posted to the apps stores, many of us wonder on how long it usually takes to develop a mobile app. To answer this, Kinvey in partnership with ATYM conducted a developer’s survey. According to the survey, a developer takes roughly 18 weeks to launch a fully functional and polished app. Within the 18 weeks, a developer not only ensures that he has completed the front – end design and the app user interface; however within this timeframe he/she would have completed the back – end integration such as push notifications, social network sharing and others.

Comparing the development timeframe of an Android application and an iOS application, Joe Chernov, VP –Marketing on behalf of Kinvey’s engineering team said, “Assuming equal skill level on the part of the developer, it shouldn't take longer to build an app on one platform or the other. In the fairly recent past, Android took longer because of the complexity of multiple device form factors. However Android's vastly improved developer tools and SDK has removed that complexity. “

With the various improvements in the android’s tools and SDKs, developers can now use a designer tool to see how the user interface will look in other android devices. Chernov further added that applications can take the same amount of time; however, the approval process might differ. Android applications, the approval process takes only a few hours, but for Apple, the approval process can take weeks.

The infographic below designed by based on the survey by Kinvey and AYTM will give you all the information you need about the timeframe in developing applications in the iOS and Android platform.

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