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How Long Does it Take to Build an App?

How Long Does it Take to Build an iOS or Android App?
Based on a survey of 100 iOS, Android and HTML5 developers, it takes nearly 18 weeks to build v1 of a native app.

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DATA STORAGE - The building block of any native app’s backend. C --> 13 weeks
USER MANAGEMENT - Creating user accounts, managing authentication, security and access control. C ------> 13 weeks
SERVER-SIDE LOGIC - How a developer truly customizes the user’s experience. E R ------> 12 weeks
DATA INTEGRATION - Allowing users to access information from and publish data to third party sources, including social networks. E U ------> 13 weeks
PUSH - Maintaining engagement with users continuously. C U ------> 6 weeks
VERSIONING - Make version 2 live .., without breaking version 1. C ------> 12 weeks

backend 10 weeks

CACHING - Storing data locally to speed load time. ---------> 6 weeks
SYNCHRONIZATION - Enable off-line usage and resolve data conflicts. E ------> 8 weeks
WIREFRAMING - Blueprint for user interface and experience. C ------> 8 weeks
UI DESIGN - Pixel perfect mock-ups of user interface. C U
UI DEVELOPMENT - Translating mock-ups into functioning user interface code. C U ------> 10 weeks
UI POLISH - The differentiating “last mile” of the user interface, where an app truly stands out from the crowd. E U ------> 10 weeks

frontend 8 weeks


18 weeks total

1 DAY OF TIME SPENT
C - CORE REQUIREMENT -
U - USER FACING
E - ENGAGEMENT DRIVER
R - REVENUE OPPORTUNITY

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In the 18 weeks it takes to develop and publish a native app, one could:
BUILD 1.3 BOEING 777 AIRPLANES
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BUILD 1/231th of a GIZA PYRAMID
TAKE APOLLO 11 TO THE MOON 40 times


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Credits: Joe Chernov, Dave Wasmer of Kinvey. Survey data: AYTM

How Long Does it Take to Build an App?

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