App Development FAQ

Here at Zco, we get a lot of questions about our services. Below are some of the questions we’re asked most frequently. If your query isn’t listed or you just want more details, please call us at (603) 881-9200 or at any time.

How much does it cost to develop an app?
There’s no single answer to this question, because it depends on the complexity and requirements of the app. Typically, apps cost between $10,000 and $75,000 to develop, but can cost more if they incorporate 3D modeling, backend integration, or other high-end services. Here’s a blog post from one of our Account Executives that explains pricing in more detail.
Will you develop my app idea for profit share?
Zco works strictly as a developer for hire. We do not participate in any revenue splits or percentage agreements. That means while you shoulder development costs, you own your app free and clear, including source code and intellectual property.
How is my mobile app idea protected? 
One of the very first steps in the app development timeline is the signing of a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) by both Zco and you, the prospective client. This protects both parties, since we’ll be working very closely together. Once it’s finished, the app and all its source code and intellectual property belong to you.
How long does it take to develop an app?
Simple apps can be completed in a couple weeks, while more complex apps might take several months. The more clearly you’ve defined your idea and how it will work as an app, the more closely we can estimate a time frame.
Can you do iPhone and Android at the same time?
Absolutely! We also support BlackBerry and Windows Phone.
Can we do some of the app development work ourselves?
Of course! If you have the technical know how or artwork ready, and just need something specific from us, we can cater to your needs. The idea is yours, so bring as much to the table as you can.
How is the app distributed? 
Consumers will be able to download apps right on their devices. We’re experts in the submission process, having submitted hundreds of apps for hundreds of clients to the various consumer download services:
  • Apple iTunes App Store
  • Google Play for Android
  • BlackBerry World
  • Windows Phone Apps+Games Store
Enterprise apps can be distributed on your own private server.
How can I make sure my app will get downloads?
There’s no such thing as a guarantee, but our digital marketing services can help your app gain the exposure it needs to have a chance at rising above the crowd. Also, read this blog post about ways to promote your app.
Do you have examples you could show me of apps you've created?
There are dozens of examples on our Customer Apps page.
Do you have references for your app development services?
Take a look at the customer reviews the Our Customers page or contact our sales team directly to request a personal reference.
Do you have any stats on how many downloads your clients’ apps have?

App owners receive statistics from the various download services for their own apps. We do not keep track of clients’ stats, but there are some figures on the Case Studies tab on the Our Customers page and you might find some companies boasting about their downloads on their own websites.

What's the difference between a native and a hybrid application?

A native app is written specifically for one operating system, like Android or iOS. A hybrid app has some native code but also relies on programming languages that all operating systems can understand. Zco offers both hybrid and native app development services because both approaches have their advantages. Hybrid apps can sometimes be faster and more cost effective to deploy to multiple mobile operating systems, but native apps typically perform more smoothly and quickly.

As always, get in touch at (603) 881-9200 or with other questions. Also, be sure to check back at our Blog for the latest info from the world of mobile application development.