How much does it cost to develop an Augmented Reality app

Developing an app with Augmented Reality has an extra cost due to its technological and novelty implication. In this article you will find information of different AR apps reviewed by mobile app developers listed on AppFutura. The objective of this article is to determine how much time, money and enhancements would take to develop an app with the same characteristics. Keep in mind that the price shared here can change depending on the final features of the AR app. We hope this article can be helpful to all app owners looking for Augmented Reality app development companies.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality have become key features for mobile apps to succeed. Augmented Reality will have an $83 billion value by 2021. Even though Virtual Reality was the first technology to appear on apps (and mostly games), AR has overcome VR success. It all started with Pokémon Go, an AR app game that delivered $600 million revenue in just 3 months (more than the whole VR games market in 2016). The AR app by Niantic will have company with the new app that will soon be launched by the same studio: Harry Potter.

With the launch of ARKit and ARCore, Android and iOS apps have now achieved a new level, being able to incorporate the AR paradigm to the latest mobile apps. The new iOS update (iOS 11) is key to enjoy these new Augmented Reality apps.

The mobile app development companies Promatics, Konstant Infosolutions, Hypersense Software, Algoworks, Exaud and DigiMark have collaborated with their expertise and knowledge on this article.

AUGMENTED REALITY APPS

The following list shows the best Augmented Reality apps available on different app stores. First, you will find the description of the app with its basic features. And then you will find a table with the answers that all the mobile app development companies interviewed for this article have shared with us about the time and cost to develop an Augmented Reality app. Finally, after the table, the reader will find the additional features that app developers have suggested to improve the AR app.

Sky Guide

An Augmented Reality app to observe the stars. Designed by the 2014 Apple Design Winner Fifth Star Labs, by aiming the mobile device to the sky, the app shows on the screen the constellations, planets and satellites so users can learn more about Astronomy. It also shows the position of the International Space Station.

Basic features
  • Works with Wi-Fi, data or GPS signal
  • Light filters
  • Night vision
  • Multi-language
  • News and notifications
Cost and development time
Mobile app development companyCostTimeline
Algoworks$8,000 – $10,000 (USD)3 - 4 months
DigiMark$150,000 - $300,000 (USD)6 - 12 months
Exaud€21,600 (EUR)3 months
Hypersense$100,000 (USD)6 months
Konstant$60,000 - $80,000 (USD)6 - 8 months
Promatics$15,000 (USD)10 weeks
Suggested features

Find here the new features suggested by the mobile app developers interviewed for this article:

  • A build-in narrator
  • Improved animations
  • More info and photos on each stellar object
  • Schedule of events based on user’s location
  • Using AR on the real sky, not a designed one
  • Better alignment between AR and real objects
  • 3D touch features
  • Information on deep space objects
  • More alerts and notifications on special events
Paint Space AR

With Paint Space AR, users that feel like artists can draw in the air with different colors and brushes. If the users want, they can also add photos and videos to their artwork. The app also gives the option to add special effects like fireworks, rain and snow. The final result can be shared with your friends using social media.

Basic features
  • 3D
  • Multi-touch
  • Pressure sensitivity
  • Smoothing algorithm for the line drawing
  • Photo and video integration
  • Social media sharing
Cost and development time
Mobile app development companyCostTimeline
Algoworks$15,000 (USD)5 - 6 months
DigiMark$50,000 - $150,000 (USD)4 - 8 months
Exaud€28,800 (EUR)4 months
Konstant$40,000 - $60,000 (USD)4 - 5 months
Promatics$18,000 (USD)12 weeks
Suggested features

Find here the new features suggested by the mobile app developers interviewed for this article:

  • Better video integration
  • More icons to play with
  • In-app purchases
  • Multi Touch and 3D touch
  • Richer set of brushes
  • Improved UI
  • Real world line matching AR’s layer
  • Paint while sharing live
Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go is the most popular AR game app. This freemium game app developed by Niantic is available for iOS and Android mobile devices. Users can track, locate, capture, train and battle Pokémon, fighting against your friends as well as other users. The application was launched in July of last year and quickly became a worldwide phenomenon during 2016 with more than 500 million downloads.

Basic features
  • GPS
  • Notifications
  • Blacklisted apps
  • Medals and rewards
  • Sounds and music
  • Multi-language
  • In-app purchases
  • Customization
  • Pokémon Go Plus device
  • Camera integration
Cost and development time
Mobile app development companyCostTimeline
AlgoworksMore than $25,000 (USD)10 - 12 months
DigiMark$500,000 - $3,000,000 (USD)15 - 30 months
Exaud€64,800 (EUR)9 months
Hypersense$300,000 (USD) or more6 - 8 months
Konstant$50,000 - $80,000 (USD)4 - 6 months
Promatics$50,000 (USD)6 months
Suggested features

Find here the new features suggested by the mobile app developers interviewed for this article:

  • Better 3D models
  • More social functions
  • Background activity without the app running
  • Increased Pokémon storage
  • Avoid users’ personal information
  • Social media sharing
  • Reduced battery usage
  • More In-app purchases
Ikea Place

Ikea Place helps all the indecisive people worldwide. Users can try furniture sold at Ikea on their own home with the Augmented Reality app. Ikea’s catalog is on the app and the chairs, tables, sofas or carpets appear on your living room, bedroom or kitchen with one click. The AR app offers 3D and true-to-scale models of the furniture. It gives the option of sharing a screenshot of the final result to different social medias so your contacts can help the user decide.

Basic features
  • 3D
  • 360º degree view
  • Camera access
  • Social media sharing
Cost and development time
Mobile app development companyCostTimeline
Algoworks$15,000 - $17,000 (USD)7 - 8 months
DigiMark$100,000 - $300,000 (USD)6 - 12 months
Exaud€36,000 (EUR)5 months
Hypersense$50,000 (USD)3 - 4 months
Konstant$30,000 - $35,000 (USD)3 - 4 months
Promatics$18,000 (USD)14 weeks
Suggested features

Find here the new features suggested by the mobile app developers interviewed for this article:

  • Share screen in real time
  • Let another user add furniture
  • Improve the accuracy of the object’s sizes
  • Expand tutorial for new users
ARise

This AR puzzle game plays with the perspective and the optical illusions. The user has to get through the different chapters of the game solving the 3D puzzles creating different paths and aiming the phone in different angles to get the right perspective to continue the game. Only the mobile device movement is needed, no touch or swipe.

Basic features
  • 3D
  • Camera access
  • Gyroscope
Cost and development time
Mobile app development companyCostTimeline
Algoworks$16,000 - $18,000 (USD)6 - 8 months
DigiMark$2,000,000 - $3,000,000 (USD)24 - 36 months
Exaud€21,600 (EUR)3 months
Konstant$25,000 - $35,000 (USD)2 - 3 months
Promatics$40,000 (USD)5 - 6 month
Suggested features

Find here the new features suggested by the mobile app developers interviewed for this article:

  • Add in-app purchases
  • More levels
  • Multi-player game
  • Rewards
  • Notifications
  • GPS integration
  • Better graphics
My Very Hungry Caterpillar

The well known Caterpillar character comes to life with this AR game app. The Caterpillar appears on your garden or your house and the user can play with him. The kids can feed him, put him to sleep and even grow fruit and flowers in a 3D garden. The experience improves as the user plays with the Very Hungry Caterpillar giving more food options, activities and surprises. From the egg to the butterfly, the users will enjoy the experience over and over again.

Basic features
  • iMessage stickers
  • 3D
  • Intuitive and child-friendly UX and UI
  • Musical effects and sounds
  • Memorization of object positions
Cost and development time
Mobile app development companyCostTimeline
Algoworks$12,000 - $14,000 (USD)5 - 6 months
DigiMark$50,000 - $150,000 (USD)4 - 8 months
Exaud€36,000 (EUR)5 months
Konstant$25,000 - $30,000 (USD)2 - 3 months
Promatics$50,000 (USD)5 - 6 month
Suggested features

Find here the new features suggested by the mobile app developers interviewed for this article:

  • Multiplayer
  • In-app purchases
INSIGHT HEART

Are you curious to know how your heart works? Insight heart takes you to an amazing adventure exploring the human heart. Ani is the guide of this expedition, and the voice assistant is controlled with gestures or the voice of the user. You have the chance to zoom and rotate the high-resolutions heart on your mobile device. The user can also interact with the heart exploring what happens with it in different situations.

Basic features
  • Voice and gestures control
  • 3D
  • 4k images
  • 360ª vision
  • Phone vibration with sounds
Cost and development time
Mobile app development companyCostTimeline
Algoworks$12,000 (USD)5 - 6 months
DigiMark$300,000 - $600,000 (USD)8 - 16 months
Exaud€36,000 (EUR)5 months
Konstant$80,000 - $100,000 (USD)6 - 8 months
Promatics$20,000 (USD)12 weeks
Suggested features

Find here the new features suggested by the mobile app developers interviewed for this article:

  • Category wise topics
  • More detailed information on each topic
  • Search function
  • Social sharing
  • Notifications
  • In-app medical tutorials
  • Additional visualizations
  • In-app purchases
INKHUNTER

Ink Hunter is an Augmented Reality app to try the tattoos you like before you ink your skin forever. With just three pen lines, the app digitally replaces those lines for a tattoo design. The user can try the designs that the app has in its database or upload new ones. The users can check the tattoo from different angles to make sure that it is what they want.

Basic features
  • Photo editor and gallery
  • Social media sharing
  • Skin detection
  • Black and white designs only
Cost and development time
Mobile app development companyCostTimeline
Algoworks$6,000 - $8,000 (USD)3 - 4 months
DigiMark$20,000 - $50,000 (USD)3 - 6 months
Exaud€28,800 (EUR)4 months
Konstant$35,000 - $40,000 (USD)3 - 5 months
Promatics$15,000 (USD)12 weeks
Suggested features

Find here the new features suggested by the mobile app developers interviewed for this article:

  • Colorful designs
  • More design options
  • Social networks addition
  • In-app purchases for additional tattoo packs
  • Ability to add reviews
  • Integration of third-party tattoos studios
  • Additional visualizations
  • Book an appointment

CONCLUSION

Augmented Reality is a key functionality for mobile app developers. Seeing the interest that this technology has raised, AR will be more important in the near future than it is now. The problem that AR has is that, as we’ve seen from the answers of the app developers, it’s an expensive technology.

Apart from the high price, mobile app companies also consider that building a mobile app with AR takes time. In fact, some of the apps reviewed on this article could take up to 30 months to be launched.

Despite the time and money invested in developing an AR mobile app, app development companies on AppFutura are ready to keep improving and developing better Augmented Reality apps thanks to new tools like ARKit (Apple) and ARCore (Android). App owners have to keep in mind also that an AR app offers the user an experience that cannot be reached with any other type of app, so it is worth it to take a chance and develop an Augmented Reality app.

Promatics TechnologiesPromatics TechnologiesMobile app development company in India

AR is high on our agenda for 2018. The demand for AR apps has grown steadily in 2017. With the introduction of ARKit and ARCore by Apple and Google respectively earlier this year, a lot of new tools are available to mobile app developers to elevate AR apps ecosystem.

AR apps will gain more ground in the coming two years. With the availability of better APIs as well as more powerful phones in the hands of consumers, the full potential of AR apps will be explored.

Konstant InfosolutionsKonstant InfosolutionsMobile app development company in United States

We are all geared up to take our mobile app development to the next level through Augmented Reality (AR) projects. We have the right expertise (iOS and Android app developers) in our design and development team who are abreast of and skilled in the latest tools, SDK’s and coding as needed in mobile app development. We are preparing our professionals in 3D modeling, ARKit and the UI/UX design that the AR apps require. ARKit is still very new to app developers and users, even for the top mobile app development companies out there. This is why there is a lot to explore and experiment. We’re excited to take chances in this field and cater to the massive audience across the globe, around 1 billion AR users by 2020.

One thing is for sure, even the simplest AR app development will call for a decent investment from your end. So, make sure you aren’t screwed up by any run-of-the-mill mobile app developer for a low-price model.

HyperSense SoftwareHyperSense SoftwareMobile app development company in Romania

AR is on our development roadmap for 2018. In fact, HyperSense developed its first AR application in 2014 and continued to deliver at least one AR application per year to various customers. Our AR plan for 2018 focuses on developing on the native iOS and Android AR frameworks. We are also taking into account AR applications for smart glasses. At the moment we are engaged on an AR research and development project that targets the car dealer industry.

A lot of clients are thinking and talking about AR but only a few have real practical applications for it. Also very few clients we met have the budget and the business capabilities to execute such a project. An AR project is not only about the development but also about 3D modelling or game design in some cases among other features.

ExaudExaudMobile app development company in Portugal

AR is definitely on our route map. In fact we’re working on an AR app at the moment.

Please note that the evaluations done here are rather preliminary and for information purposes only, those can’t be considered final quotes from Exaud.

DigiMarkDigiMarkMobile app development company in Bulgaria

AR has been in our roadmap since 2013 and it is definitely in our roadmap for the future.

We have developed the first mobile Augmented Reality functionality launched in Bulgaria for Forbes Bulgaria mobile app. The Augmented Reality feature applied gives the users a whole new experience. People who read the magazine are able to watch 3D videos of the ads that are placed in it. Simply by opening the app, users have to click on the 3D view and a video of the ad will pop-up on their screen, as long as they stay on the page where the ad is being placed.

It cannot be concluded exactly how much each of the apps posted here cost as the price of such app projects depend on a lot of factors, such as functions, functionality and non-functionality requirements, integrations with external systems, strategies, etc. Almost each of the projects may cost from $50,000 up to $1-2 million, depending on a lot of the aforementioned factors.

AlgoworksAlgoworksMobile app development company in India

AR/VR will definitely be the future battleground in the apps world. The best part of AR is that, it’s beneficial for every industry vertical be it a e-commerce/m-commerce, geolocation, educational resources, healthcare, transportation, etc.

If you want to learn more about AR app development, have any comments or want to share your expertise, you can join our AR apps thread on the AppFutura Forum.

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