Frequently Asked Questions

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For what mobile platforms do you develop?

We develop both native and hybrid mobile apps for iOS and Android. We also develop any needed web services or APIs. If your mobile app is part of a larger software product that requires a connected web application, we do that as well.

How long does it take to create a mobile app?

Like building an igloo, it depends entirely on the size (complexity) of the project and what is involved. To give you a rough idea…expect about eight weeks for a pretty basic app and 12 plus weeks for a more complex project.

How much does it cost to develop a mobile app?

Having custom, built-for-your-company, software developed could cost anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000 plus. It really depends on what you need. We’ve written a few blog posts on the topic of price and budget which provide more detail.

Do we receive the source code?

At the completion of the project the compiled app(s) and all source code is given to your organization. Your team can edit and recompile it , we do not hold bits and pieces hostage.

Do you participate in profit share or invest in mobile apps for start ups?

We do not. Big Fish is a team for hire and we do not participate in profit share or other similar arrangements.

Where are your developers located?

All of our developers are located in the United States and Canada.

Do you outsource, or do the work in house?

We do not outsource…either locally or abroad. Our company founder wrote a blog about why we don’t outsource abroad.

Do you have examples of some of the apps you’ve created?

The apps we develop (often for use only by our clients’ employees) are not always available for public download on the app stores. Some are. Take a look at our case studies for examples of some of the apps we’ve built.

We have some of the code already written, can you finish it?

That depends. Before we could agree to picking up where another team left off we would need to be engaged for a full code review.

If the code we look at is not absolutely solid you might be better off having us fix it first. We can determine this after reviewing your existing source code.

Yes, a code review takes our developers away from other projects so we do charge for the time involved.

Do you offer maintenance plans, and will you update our app in the future?

Yes and Yes! We are huge advocates for software maintenance. We also give our vehicles regular oil changes, mow our lawn and replace our A/C filters.

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