The smartphone technology has reached a whole new level due to the increase in demand for the latest mobile apps that can make the operation convenient and user-friendly. As more volume of the population is shifting to mobile phones for Internet surfing and performing small tasks, developing mobile apps in Singapore is at an all-time high. There are apps to perform almost all the functions like shopping, social media, providing information on many topics/fields, etc.

According to Statista, there will be close to 4.82 million smartphone users in the country by 2022. So, are you also planning to build a mobile app in Singapore and looking for a reasonable rate? Then, you have landed on the right page. Let us make it clear to you that app creation in Singapore is cheaper in comparison to the United States, but still, you need to shell out a lot of money to make the app developers work for you. This is one of the reasons that many apps are outsourced from Singapore-based mobile app development firms.

Coming to the price of developing a mobile app worldwide, the companies generally charge on an hourly basis. The average hourly cost of an app starts from as low as $10 and goes up to $250 per hour. India has the lowest cost, while the North American developers charge the highest.

Relying on several factors, there are different kinds of apps that are made for certain price tags based on the requirements of the clients. Also, these apps can be made for many different platforms like iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, and HTML5. Below is the list of aspects that vary the cost of application development –

  • Type of app
  • Designing
  • Prototyping
  • Complexity
  • Platform (iOS, Android, etc.)
  • Quality and Speed
  • Customization
  • Developer Requirement
  • Development Time

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All these variables generally decide how much the app will cost. Alongside the type of apps, the cost varies based on the complexity and features used in it. Now, let us classify the apps into different types to make things easier for your understanding –

1. Simple or Informative Mobile Application

A simple app that offers a certain set of information to the users and can redirect to different segments providing static info is the cheapest one you can create. If you need this informative app to fetch data from users and update it at regular intervals, the developing cost will be increased. The basic app would be made in the price bracket of $10,000 to $30,000, whereas the one that needs updates and is a bit complex will cost you around $15,000 to $40,000.

2. eCommerce or Service Mobile Application

Basic shopping apps are the ones which are used to sell your products online directly through your platform. For payment, it needs some gateways and options to choose from, for the users. These e-commerce apps with standard functions are expected to be priced between $15,000 to $50,000 in Singapore. In case, there is something additional, the cost will rise up to $20,000 to $65,000.

3. Unique Mobile Applications (Marketplace Apps)

These apps have some features and functions that connect two or more groups. The presence of these unique attributes that are not available in an average app makes it costly. An example of marketplace apps is Uber, which has location, tracking, and analytical functions at the same place to make you book the cab, track it and at simultaneously contact the driver. This kind of app costs you around $20,000 to $90,000 in the Lion City.

4. Multi-user Mobile Applications

All the social media applications or the apps that have the involvement of many users are known as multi-user apps. The best examples of multi-user apps are Facebook and Whatsapp. These apps allow people to interact with other users instantaneously and exchange their data as well. In order to dominate other competitors already present in the market, a multi-user app should be interactive and user-friendly. Starting from $40,000, the cost of these apps go up to $1,00,000.

5. Game Applications

Mobile games are the toughest apps to develop, as there are many complexities involved in the development. There can be two types of games – 2D and 3D. Also, the visual quality of the app makes a huge difference in the costing. A simple 2D game costs between $80,000 to $1,50,000, whereas a complex 3D game will be costing you around $1,50,000 to $5,00,000 in Singapore. To develop a gaming app, a developer needs the help of a designer, programmer, animator, and concept artists.

6. User Productivity Mobile Applications

To produce a better workflow, certain mobile apps are used. You can see various companies using these kinds of apps, out of which the major example is – Dropbox. This type of application would be costing you between $15,000 to $30,000 to make. There can be other apps as well that fall into this category but are not for multiple users.

7. Business Process Mobile Applications

It is not easy to handle various aspects of a business and keep on delivering high productivity every time. To reduce the efforts and time consumed in managing different functionalities, the app can be created accordingly. Based on the field of work, the cost of apps vary.

  • Manpower Management – $20,000 to $60,000
  • Logistics, Customer Relationship, and Human Resource Management – $20,000 to $50,000
  • Documents and Accounts Management – $50,000 to $1,50,000
  • Advanced Features / Customized App – $10,00,000 or more

Difference between Basic App Development Cost and Final Cost

The apps will cost you the amount mentioned above for just the basic versions. Basically, an app which is costing around $30,000 in the primary phase, will ultimately cost you around $45,000, increasing the price by almost 50%. Moreover, if you need an experienced developer to do your work, he/she can charge a hefty amount of around SGD250 per hour.

The graph by Statista below shows the cost difference for app development services in major cities for the year 2015. Singapore is at the third spot, behind North America and Australia, and is followed by United Kingdom, Eastern Europe, South America, India, and Indonesia.

Mobile app development cost in Singapore


Singapore has a low cost of development as compared to other countries, and that’s why it can be considered over other demographics to get your mobile app developed. A lot of companies look to outsource their app development work to such places that charge less. India has the cheapest development costs across the globe, followed by Singapore and a few other countries.

This article gives you an insight into the costing of different types of apps in Singapore. Before hiring a company to develop an app for you, have a proper check on some factors like the experience of the employees, coding language and their ability to understand your business model & target audience.

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