The transformation caused by VR (virtual reality) is no more a secret now! The world of technology is witnessing another transition in the form of AR (augmented reality). The developers are coming up with all new concepts for developing fantastic AR apps for both Android & iOS. Though it is a costly business, there are various factors that you need to consider for developing an Augmented Reality mobile application.

The App Development Process

There are two ways to develop your AR app. You can either hire a team of developers or hire a professional agency to get it done. Each of them has different pros & cons attached. While managing an in-house team is time & efforts consuming, hiring professional agency may have higher costs.

Let’s have a look at the most significant factors that help in determining the cost of an AR app development:

1) Design
When it comes to designing the AR app, there is a broad list of factors that affect the value of development including the design, features, and functionality. They all play a pivotal role in offering a seamless user experience. Also, there are technical specifications that affect the cost like the database and list-based application; the app gets developed with or without a server or API component. Also, the creative and interactive features of the AR for enhancing the user experience determine the success and cost of the app development.

2) Coding
The next significant factor in developing AR app is the coding. It is the most difficult & time-consuming part of the app development. As there are various AR-based software features available, the cost depends on their implementation methods. The most common method for creating an AR app is by using the data captured through the gyros of a smartphone. In this, the obtained information allows you to develop three-dimensional virtual objects and superimpose them on the top of real environment objects.

The next method is GPS data processing. It relies upon the traditional GPS data along with the Assisted GPS (A-GPS) technology. You can also use simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) function. It processes the data collected by the sensors in conjunction and helps to draw a 3D-model of the surrounding reality.

3) Testing
Once you are through with the coding, another factor is the testing of the app. It would be best if you got your app tested by both the in-house quality assurance team, the alpha testing as well as by the volunteers, the beta testing. It may take several months to complete the testing process, as the application returns to the developers for multiple revisions & updates. The testing part adds up in the total development cost of the AR app.

Conclusion - In addition to the costs mentioned above, there are other costs included like uploading the app on digital marketplaces, maintenance & support of the app and more. Considering these factors, if you are planning to outsource the AR app development for your business, contact companies providing iOS app development services or services for Android app development at an affordable cost.

Author's Bio: 

Kaushal Shah manages digital marketing communications for the enterprise technology services provided by Rishabh Software.