Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to all of the most frequently asked app development questions.
How much does it cost to develop an app?

It completely depends on the app. A range of factors such as the complexity of the app, the platforms being supported and the level of polish required, can all effect the time it takes to develop an app and therefore the cost. On average, most of the apps we develop cost in the range of AUD$50,000 – AUD$250,000.

How do I get a quote from DreamWalk?

The first step is a no-obligation chat with one of our strategy team, to determine if your project is achievable within your budget and if it is a good fit for DreamWalk. If so, we then move into the App Strategy and Prototyping phase. This begins with an App Strategy Workshop where we help you fine-tune your concept and roadmap your project, in order to be able to put together an accurate formal development quote.

How much does DreamWalk charge for workshops?

We tailor our workshops to suit the client and their needs. Based on our competitive research, our App Strategy Workshops are usually not the the most expensive, nor the cheapest workshops available. Ours usually sit right in the middle price-wise, but the value you’ll get from one of our workshops will generally be much higher than what you’ll get from one of our competitors, no matter how much they charge you. Call us for tailored pricing for your project.

How long does it take to develop an app?

This also depends on the app. A simple app might take 4-6 weeks, while a complex game might take years. On average, most of the apps we develop take between 8 and 12 weeks.

Why do I need an "ethical" app developer?

A client once said of the mobile app development industry: “It’s an industry of cowboys and horse s#!@”. In our 8 years in business we would tend to agree with this admittedly generalised observation. At less than 10 years old, it’s a relatively new industry and one that has seen rapid growth in recent times. The high demand for app development services has attracted many inexperienced opportunists who are more concerned about making a quick buck than they are about developing great products for their clients. A number of Australian app development companies, even some of the biggest ones, actually do very little app development themselves and instead ship the work offshore to third-parties. At DreamWalk we get calls daily from people who have invested thousands of dollars with these companies and have had terrible experiences. Their issues range from not hearing back from the developer after they’ve forked out money for a workshop; receiving poorly written code or apps that don’t function at all; experiencing project delays of months or even years and in many cases pushy sales staff, overly keen to send invoices and less concerned about actually delivering a product. At DreamWalk we aim to be everything the typical app development company is not. We pride ourselves on our ethical and transparent app development process and operate by our unique Ethical App Development Charter.

Does it cost more to develop an app that works on iPhone and Android phones?

Unfortunately it usually does. iPhones and Android devices use different operating systems and apps written in different languages (Objective C and Java respectively). An app that needs to support both platforms must be written pretty much from scratch in both languages, effectively doubling the development time and cost. There are cheaper options such as frameworks like React Native, that enable you to deploy apps to various platforms from a single code-base. React Native is not suitable for all apps, especially apps with highly customised user interfaces, transitions and animations. We will advise you as to whether React Native or another framework is suitable for your project.

Will my iPhone app work on an iPad?

Yes. An iPhone app will open and function on an iPad. The app will simply be scaled up to fill the larger screen or it will appear in the center of the screen with black borders around it, depending on the user’s preference. If you want your app to take advantage of the extra screen real estate available on an iPad, you may need to do some additional iPad app development to add extra elements or functionality to take advantage of the extra screen real estate. An app can usually be optimised for iPad for around 50% of the initial iPhone development cost. Same goes for Android and Android tablets.

Why is app development so expensive?

An app is a piece of software, usually developed by a team of developers over a relatively long period of time. The process involves graphic design, planning, programming, testing and deployment, all by experts in their given fields. Like any piece of software, it takes time to plan, design, build and test an app. The longer it takes to develop the app, the higher the development cost. Being that developing an app is an expensive excercise, it is important to make sure your money is being spent wisely. You need to make sure you are receiving value for your investment.

How can I find out more about the Proof Program™?

Exclusive to DreamWalk, the Proof Program™ is all about fast app development. It’s about getting a basic version of your app to market quickly and cost-effectively so you can validate the idea and build an audience before you commit to investing more money in the project. We call these proof of concept apps and they are a great way to test your ideas on the market with minimal risk. The program is not suitable for all apps or for all people and spaces are limited. Contact us today to discuss whether the Proof Program™ is suitable for you and your app idea.

Is DreamWalk a mobile agency?

No, but we do assist mobile agencies and digital agencies by helping them come up with and prototype innovative mobile marketing ideas for their clients. We also provide the most engageing mobile app design melbourne has to offer.

What about online app builders?

There are a number of online app creation tools, all of which are extremely limited. These may be viable in some extreme cases where very limited functionality is required but we have never had an app project that could be developed using an online app builder.

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