So what is an MVP?
MVP stands for "minimum viable product." When talking about mobile apps, this is the most basic (the minum) version of your app that you can go out and show to users. Typically it contains only 2-3 main features that the users will find most useful. The rest of the features are set aside for later, after you get some feedback from people on the MVP.
The theory is: you make a basic version (the MVP) quickly, show it to people, get feedback, improve the MVP based on the feedback, show the improved version to more people, get more feedback, improve the version again...
This iterative process is great because you don't waste time and money at the beginning developing a huge, complex application that you may not need. You start with the bare minimum, and use feedback to keep you focused on what people actually want out of your app.
How much does an MVP cost?
The cost of an MVP depends on the complexity of the features you want in it. To get an exact quote on your MVP, you'll need to talk to a development firm or a freelancer and explain what you want to do.
As an example, if you wanted to create an application that was a digital version of the board game Taboo, that's not too complex. The MVP would be fairly cheap. However, if you wanted to create an application that gives customized turn-by-turn walking directions for the visually impaired using a whole system of indicator sounds, that MVP will be a bit more expensive because it's more challenging for the developer.
A freelance developer may charge $4,000 - $16,000 for an MVP, while a development firm may charge upwards of $20,000.
In general, an MVP takes about 100-200 working hours for the developer or development team. In most cases, you can expect an MVP to be complete in about 2-3 months.
The price, the time, and the hours all depends on the person who will be making the app for you, though. If you are interested in Accessible Mobile Apps making your MVP for you, you can fill out our contact form on the home page and we can give you a quote in terms of hours and cost.