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How Much Does It Cost to Develop and Maintain a Flutter App?

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Real Prad A,Chief Executive Officer

Flutter, the Google UI toolkit, is well-known for its endless list of advantages over other cross-platform technologies. As you chase the dream of building the perfect business app, Flutter crosses your path as a promising cross-platform technology.

One of the main advantages of using Flutter is its cost-effectiveness. Almost everyone says that Flutter significantly cuts down the cost to almost half its actual price. 

So, how does it reduce the cost of application development? Above all, how much does it actually cost to build a Flutter app?

How Flutter Reduces the Cost of Application Development

Free & Open Source 
Everything is free and open source in Flutter. Flutter developers gain access to hundreds of third-party packages for ads, videos, database, cloud etc., for absolutely free. This further indicates towards its low-cost scalability benefits that businesses would ideally prefer in any scenario.

Multi-purposeful - Flutter for the Web & Mobile 
Flutter is a portable, multi-purpose UI toolkit to build beautiful native apps. With the release of Flutter 1.0, Google has extended the capability of Flutter beyond mobile. 

As an early stage project, Desktop Embedding brings Flutter to desktop operating systems such as MacOS, Windows, and Linux. In my previous blog on Flutter Live 2018: Everything You Need to Know, you can further read about the latest updates on Flutter regarding Desktop Embedding and Hummingbird. 

Faster Design & Development
Your decision to build a business application is based purely on a market need. And the faster your app reaches the audience, the more it impacts the market. The initial customer response helps you to understand their experience and expectations with your app. 

In Flutter 1.0, a major expansion of reusable material components is seen, making it more expressive and flexible. And almost 95% of the Flutter code can be reused. Flutter’s own widget library makes code reusability even more convenient and easy. It takes only 25 seconds for full compilation and hot reloading option updates the changes instantly on the app screen. 

Better Resource Utilization & Management
Instead of employing two resources skilled in iOS and Android app development technologies respectively, a single Flutter developer can do the job. This further relieves the project manager from the psychological cost of managing a big team for a single project. 

With Flare in practice, there is better collaboration observed among the designers and developers. Both the designers and developers can work parallelly to create beautiful native apps. You don’t need to design using a particular tool and then, develop using another. 

Quick Testing & Quality Assurance
Reduced time for quality assurance is a boon to both the development and quality assurance teams. The tests conducted on a single platform is quite enough to run it efficiently on other platforms as well. Thus, the time needed for application testing and quality assurance can be reduced substantially. 

Less Maintenance Complexity
The simple code structure in Flutter eases debugging processes. When an issue is spotted, your QA team can find its source in a nick of time. Once it has been resolved, its hot reloading feature reflects the changes immediately on the application. Thus, your user becomes less aware of the crisis and sees a perfectly functioning app in front of them.

When it comes to scalability, the benefits are even more. The layered architecture in Flutter makes it easy to extend without additional cost-overheads. 

Cost of a Flutter App in 2019

In normal scenarios, the estimated mobile app development cost is as follows:
No: of hours required for each SDLC process * Charge per hour of the resources required

The SDLC processes include UI/UX designing, platform-based application development, front-end, and back-end development, quality assurance, and production. The app development cost further depends on factors such as app complexity, UI requirements, mobile-specific features, user-generated content management, and external API integrations. When we dive deep in, it becomes harder to generalize the cost it takes to build an app - mobile or web. 

In spite of all, app development cost is majorly dependent on the number of hours taken to finish each process. The more time is consumed to finish the project, the more time and resources are utilized. This, in turn, savages the estimated budget for the application and puts the business in despair. Comparatively, Flutter takes only half the time to complete an application. As it comes in the form of a portable UI toolkit, it contains all the must-have features to build impressive native apps in a shorter time. 

If a small app with basic features cost between $10,000 to $50,000 in the normal scenario, then Flutter apps can be done at half the price. A lot of the features can be accessed for free and a fastened development cycle further boosts the time-to-market speed. Hence, Flutter is perfect for quick results. Be it a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) or a full-fledged enterprise application, Google Flutter has the capabilities to meticulously build and maintain the application within your stipulated budget. 

Speak to our veteran team of Flutter App Development and get the best quote for your application!