How Long Does It Take To Build A Mobile App? – Infographic

“How long does it take to build a mobile app?” While the question isn’t as timeless as “How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?” (spoiler alert: 3481), it is one that’s very dear to our community of mobile app developers. And now we’ve got an answer. 18 weeks.

In collaboration with research firm AYTM, we surveyed 100 mobile designers to discover how long they expected it would take to build core front- and backend components of an Android or iOS app.  We averaged the responses and then teamed with the designers at to visualize the time required to develop each component of an MVP-quality native app.

For fun, we put app development time in context. Who knew you could drill three 3000-foot oil wells in the time it takes to launch the first version of your “drill for oil” iOS game?

Of course, there’s a subtext to this graphic. Specifically, it doesn’t have to take 18 weeks to build v1 of your app. It can take a lot less time. The backend alone is estimated to require 10 weeks, but a backend as a service like Kinvey can dramatically reduce that time. And our SDK partners, like Adobe PhoneGap, BrightCove and, can all help accelerate your frontend development efforts as well.

Source: Kinvey



6 responses to “How Long Does It Take To Build A Mobile App? – Infographic

  1. Hello, I was wondering how long it would take someone with zero knowledge of coding to learn how to develop mobile apps.
    What if this ‘someone’ lives in the third-world, and has only a laptop, internet access, and a high IQ? (No cash, whatsoever, to go to some fancy coding schools!)

    • Not sure. I would say that this someone wouldn’t be the first one developing outstanding stuff with not much or even nothing. It happens. Tell someone to go for it.

  2. My University offers a class on building mobile applications and they are using an open source program called Titanium Studio. Actually pretty cool. I wonder if this IDE will be any quicker than the traditional method.

    • I won’t be able to answer you that question, Anthony. Why don’t you talk to your people at the University. Who knows, they might be all happy campers. Thank for the thought!

  3. Reblogged this on Andrew Rauh and commented:
    Most people have no idea how much time it takes to build a great app.

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