How Much Does it Cost to Create an Augmented Reality App

Augmented reality app development

What is AR

       augmented reality is not very different from Virtual reality rater you can say that this is the next version of virtual reality. While in Virtual reality people can’t see what’s happening around them because of Virtual reality Headset into the augmented reality you can see what’s going around you because it will not take you to another place using some headset but it will show you things which you want to see into your own space. For example, you are driving a motorbike so while driving the motorbike you can wear some glasses and those glasses will show you the Map on the side which won’t actually affect your vision on the road but surely will help you to keep up with the Map.

      More technically, you can say that augmented reality is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.

How Augmented Reality is different from Virtual Reality

Augmented reality can be defined as “a better version of reality created by the use of technology to add digital information on an image of things in real life.” AR is used in apps for smartphones and tablets. AR apps use your phone’s camera to show you a view of the real world in front of you, then put on a semi-visible layer of information, including text or images, on top of that view. Some  {Apps} those can use AR for fun, such as the {game} Pokémon GO, or for information, such as the app Layar.

Virtual Reality

Whereas Virtual Reality is defined as “the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment. When you view VR, you are viewing a completely different reality than the one in front of you. Virtual reality may be artificial, such as an animated scene, or an actual place that has been photographed and included in a virtual reality App. With virtual reality, you can move around and look in every direction you want like up, down, sideways and behind you, as if you were physically there.

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How does Augmented reality work

Augmented Reality (AR) refers to showing a virtual image over real-world objects. The overlay is executed simultaneously with the input received from an input device like a camera or smart glasses.

What are the benefits of developing an Augmented Reality app

From the way the companies do business, to business processes to dealing with customers, AR has helped change a lot of things for various businesses like manufacturing, healthcare, education, automotive industries, retail (which includes FMCG & fashion industries), etc. Let’s see how Augmented Reality app development and various Augmented Reality apps have helped various types of industries bring a drastic change in their business dynamics.

1. Manufacturing

A single error can cost the manufacturing unit hundreds or thousands of dollars. So, the company either needs to improve the existing product and process, or even if they need to invent a completely new product to meet the needs of its customers. However, Augmented Reality can save the day. Augmented reality apps can help in various tasks like 3D prototyping so that helps the company understand the product with the help of its prototype. While prototyping helps in saving upon unwanted expenses.

2. Education

Various iOS & Android AR apps are being used in the education sector to teach students in various fields of study. Augmented reality apps have revolutionized the way students are learning. Students learning about medical science might use an AR headset to learn the anatomy of the human body in detail or an astronomy student may be able to see a full map of the solar system.

3. Healthcare

Augmented reality app development is taking place swiftly in the health care sector also. A lot of augmented reality health & fitness apps are being developed which is changing the way healthcare professionals see and use the technology in this sector. From aiding the medical professionals in completing their day-to-day tasks more accurately and efficiently or assisting the doctors in diagnosis or surgery, Augmented Reality has a lot of uses.

4. Travel & Tourism

Augmented reality apps can provide travelers with a far better experience even before they travel. It’s like superimposing the images around the travelers to show them the destinations they plan to visit with the help of Augmented Reality apps. It seems like, with the help of augmented reality headsets, travelers can look at their favorite destinations and then choose the destination. Augmented reality is going to change the way the tourism industry works.

Some popular AR apps



Snapchat is one of the most popular messaging platforms in both the play store and Apple’s app store. You connect with a person on the app and then you can send pictures and video of whatever you’re doing. The app has a variety of special filters that you can augment right on top of your face. It can look like you’re a dog or a cat or whatever else Snapchat happens to have available on any given day. It’s some really basic augmented reality, but it works shockingly well. The app is a battery hog and not overly optimized. However, it’s still fun to use.

Star Chart


Star Chart is a lot like Sky Map. You can use it to view the stars in the sky. It can help locate things like constellations, planets, and other celestial bodies. It boasts the ability to show around 120,000 stars and planets in total. On top of being able to view them from your current location. You can also travel within the app to take a closer look at anything that may interest you. It’s an excellent educational app that is also fun to use.



Everybody knows about Yelp. It’s a place for people to go to rate various places that they’ve been to. You can use those reviews to decide if you want to go there as well. One of the lesser-known features of Yelp is Yelp Monocle. It gives you an augmented reality look at your surroundings and shows you reviews on those places. It’s not a huge part of the app and it doesn’t always work. However, it can be useful if you want to look around and have some fun doing it. Plus, it’s nice having Yelp around. It’s not the best review site on the Internet (that title goes to Google Maps). However, the AR features are good enough to include it on this list.

Google’s Playmoji or Samsung’s AR Emoji


Google, Samsung, and some other OEMs have native augmented reality experiences on many newer devices. Samsung has the AR Emoji. This lets you map your face onto an emoji and then generates a bunch of reaction GIFs with your face on it. Google’s implementation is a little better with its Playground and Playmoji that adds characters and various elements to its photography. These aren’t available as individual apps. However, they are available as part of the core experience of each device.

Factors affecting the cost of AR app

Here we outline the various influencing factors that affect the augmented reality app development costs to facilitate your future decisions.

Platform and Business Model

The cost for the development of an AR app different according to the platform it’s based on. It may be different for IOS and Android platforms. Apart from the platform, the business model for a commercial application can also significantly influence the AR app development price tag. For example, will the app be free to download, or will it be sold in the market for a fixed selling price? App costs can range anywhere between $45 000 to $250,000 or in extreme cases, even $2,500,000 when the game is complexed.


The user interface of an app can be extremely imperative for an augmented reality app. While PC or Web applications require a simpler interface, smartphones and tablets are far more complex, and as such, more expensive.

Application Features and Design

The application features, design, and functionality, each one of them is ought to be major influences on the costs of an AR app. The technical specifications of the app, it can be list-based or a database based also it can be one with or without a server or API component all affect the cost.

Choice of Development Firm

The biggest impact on the cost depends upon which firm you decide to choose. The application build by big Companies is going to cost anywhere between $500,000 to $1,200,000. In fact, as experienced through some quick, inquiry emails and calls, some of these companies do not even entertain clients with a lower limit of $500,000.

Whereas a moderate Organization can cost you between $100,000 to $300,000 also smaller agencies can go even lower. Freelancers, and standalone small two-unit or three-unit development shops which outsource augmented reality developers are also known to build functioning apps for prices ranging from $8,000 to $30,000. But these apps support only basic AR functions and have a simple user interface. They are usually developing using low cost or free developing tools available on the Internet.

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How can Techpathway help

It is no child play to create the AR applications and required so much experience in the programming field. Also, not everyone can afford this, especially a small-time venture which lacks huge company capitals.  The reason why the uptake is so slow is that there are very limited inexpensive solutions available in the market.

This is where tech pathway steps-in 

We are a team of highly experienced professionals. We at Tech Pathway, provide affordable augmented reality solutions to even the smallest of business ventures. With the expertise of our dedicated augmented reality developers, we have successfully catered to large corporations as well as small-time corner businesses. If you are in the market for AR mobile app for commercial purposes, feel free to contact us today. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed. 

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