How to Create an Augmented Reality App? April 28, 2021March 12, 2021 398 It could pervade your life.” – Tim Cook, CEO, Apple Inc. He discussed the potential he sees in augmented reality on the company’s fiscal first-quarter earnings in 2020.What did he actually mean? Not sure? Then, here’s one simple example for better understanding. Let’s see!You want to purchase sunglasses online for yourself. You do not have any idea how it will look on you. But having AR technology will enhance your shopping experience. With a few taps, you can try different sunglasses on your picture to see whether the desired sunglasses look great on you or not.Source: Warby Parker WebsiteIsn’t it impressive to try on virtual 3D glasses through the Warby Parker app? Surely it is. Many entrepreneurs have already started to grab this opportunity, including Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook.In 2019, CNBC reported that Facebook started working on glasses that allow people to project digital images onto the physical world.Thus, if you have also decided to build your own AR app for your business but do not know how to create an augmented reality app, then this blog is for you. Shall we start?ContentsIntroductionRequired Tools for AR App DevelopmentHow to Make an AR App?Market ResearchSet Your RequirementsStart Working on Your AppPublish Your AppWho Needs an AR App?How Much Does it Cost to Develop an AR App?How Long Does it Take to Develop an AR App?Best Examples of AR AppsFAQsHow much does it cost to develop an AR app for Android?How much does it cost to develop an AR app for iOS?How hard is it to make an AR app?ConclusionIntroductionYou, as an entrepreneur, have an AR app idea. Now what? What is the right way to make your own AR app? We completely understand that being an entrepreneur, you do not want to make the slightest of mistake.Thus, with this comprehensive guide, we aim to help you build an AR application. We have mentioned almost all the essential information that you need before starting the process. So, first, get started with some of the best tools that you will need.Want to Make Your Own AR App?Need professional guidance? Want to validate your app idea with a free consultation?Click Here To Get Your Free QuoteRequired Tools for AR App DevelopmentHere are some of the best tools based on their ratings, price, platform support capabilities, and features. Ensure that you make a better choice of a tool based on your business requirements. Let’s see all the tools for AR one-by-one:LogoToolRatings (G2)FeaturesPricePlatform SupportVuforia4.2 45 REVIEWSOffers a variety of trackable targetsHas the capability to categorized as images, objects, & environmentsWidely used for cloud recognition serviceBasic – $42/monthBasic + Cloud – $99/monthAndroidiOSWindowsARKit4.3 55 REVIEWS Combines various tasks, such as device motion tracking and camera scene capture to simplify it for an AR experienceUse the front or rear camera of an iOS device for augmented reality experiencesFreeiOSRealityKit –Shared AR experience to simplify networking tasks like maintaining a consistent stateUses the GPU to offer highly scalable performanceFreeiOSUnity4.5 220 REVIEWSHelpful in making game objectsEasy to deal with vector variables and timing variablesBest for cross-platform development and multiplatform gamesFreeUnity Reflect – $690 per seatUnity Pro – $1800 per seatAndroidiOSThese mentioned tools make the developing process easy. But how to create an app? Don’t worry; we have shared the four simple steps in the next section.How to Make an AR App?Taking smaller steps at a time will help you to make an app even with new technology. Being an entrepreneur, consider mentioned steps for developing your app. Let’s see all the steps one-by-one. Market ResearchThe best way to research the market is by checking related applications on Google Play Store and App Store. Download related apps to check their features, and make a list to see where you can improve.Check their performance, UI/UX design, speed, feedback, and ratings. So, you will identify where they are lacking and find ways to improve the features that you can include to give the best user experience to your customers.Additionally, you can also get feedback from friends, coworkers, or anyone whose opinion is valuable and trustable to you. Check whether they find the idea helpful, and according to them, which features are missing.Set Your RequirementsOnce you do market research, set your requirements. Here is the list of requirements that you need to consider for app development. It will also be easy for you to explain your requirements to potential app developers.Features that you want to includeThe type of mobile app, such as native and hybridYour choice of platform, such and iOS, Android, and AR platformsAny specific technology, programming language, or tools like (Vuforia, ARKit, RealityKit)Start Working on Your AppAt this stage, you will need to contact the AR experts, who can understand your requirements and also fulfill them as suggested. But before that, you will need to hire a professional company that has hands-on experience in developing AR apps.To select the best AR development company, consider the following factors.Once you hire developers, you and developers can start working on your AR application to give your potential customers the best solutions. Please ensure you have clarified your queries with the development company and made them understand your requirements. Thus, it will be an essential stage of the development process.Publish Your AppTitleDescriptionCategoryKeywordsLaunch IconScreenshotsThe process to submit your app to App Store may take a few days, depending on the app’s quality and the way you have followed the iOS development guidelines. On the other hand, Google Play Store doesn’t have a review process, and your app will be available within a few hours after the submission.Build Your Augmented Reality ApplicationHave an idea? Not sure where to start? Book a free call with our technical AR expert.Click Here To Get Your Free QuoteWho Needs an AR App?Today, prominent companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook are investing huge funds in developing AR applications. Google is likely to spend $14 billion, whereas Facebook will spend more than $5 billion on AR technology for developing AR glasses.Moreover, AR’s best thing is that it can be used in various fields and not just entertainment technology. It includes education and research, military, manufacturing, e-commerce, and many more shared in the following image.Source: StatistaVideo games hold the maximum share amongst all by 2025, which is USD 11.6 billion of the market. Pokemon Go, a gaming application that uses GPS, is an example of AR technology, and its downloads crossed 1 billion in 2019. A pretty huge number, isn’t it?This technology is all about giving a rich user experience as well as enhancing communication between customers and your brand. In other words, AR technology would bring you closer to your customers.Now, check the costs to develop an AR app. We have classified the cost into different segments for better understanding. Shall we start with each segment?Useful resourcesHow to Create an Emoji App and Start Earning Passive Income Out of It?How Much Does it Cost to Develop an AR App?Various factors influence the app development cost of an AR application, and one of them is the types of AR apps. Find out the cost for each type of AR app.Note: Please know that this is a rough estimation from one of our technical experts. He estimated the rough cost based on different features and functionalities of an AR app type.TypeFeaturesEstimated CostMarker-based ARThrough the smartphone’s camera you can scan QR codes, icons, and cards $2000 – $4000Marker-based App with AnimationUse a camera to augment the virtual object onto the physical worldAdd intuitive audio with the image$2600 – $3500Marker-less ARMake different combinations of styles and objects$10,000 – $11,500Projection-based ARSimplifies complex manual tasks of manufacturing operations$6000 – $8000Superimposition-based ARHelps to replace the object with an augmented viewFor example: Helps to superimpose an X-ray view of a broken bone on a real image to identify the damage $7000 – $8500Outlining-based ARRecognizes the boundaries of the road, showcase buildings, and supporting pillars through AR$4200 – $5000Recognition-based ARScan an image or QR codeProvides detailed information about objects$2600 – $3500SLAM ARHelps to recognize 3D models and 3D objects, does instant tracking, scene recognition, and overlay digital interactive augmentations$10000 – $12000Now, we will check the app development cost based on the complexity. Where a simple AR app can cost around $10,000 to $25,000 and a complex app will charge you $200,000 – $2,000,000 due to advanced features. The mentioned cost is the estimation that varies, depending on the app size, features, and functionalities you want.AppFeaturesEstimated CostSimple AppSign In/Sign UpCatalogSharingCart $10,000 – $25,000Complex AppSign In/Sign UpCatalogAI-based RecommendationSharingRecognition System3D modelPush NotificationsPayment SystemMessaging FeatureAccess to phone contacts and galleryFeedback and Support $200,000 – $2,000,000We have discussed some of the factors that influence app development costs. Moreover, there is another significant factor, which is the location of developers. Yes, the location-based factor also plays an essential role in the app development cost. Let’s quickly find out the cost based on the different locations.LocationEstimated Cost of App DevelopersUSA & Canada $100 – $250 per hourWestern Europe $80 – $150 per hourEastern Europe $25 – $100 per hourAsia $20 – $50 per hourAfter analyzing the data, an AR app costs you between $2,000 – $2,000,000. But what about the timeline to develop an AR app? Do not worry; we have covered that in our next section. Please take a look.How Long Does it Take to Develop an AR App?We have shared a rough estimation for the timeline to develop an MVP (minimum viable product) AR app. Refer to the table, where we have shared the top features of an MVP app and stated the average number of hours to develop an iOS and Android app.FeatureEstimated Man HoursiOSAndroidSign in/Sign up 18 hours 14 hoursCatalog 24-50 hours 24-50 hoursSharing 4 hours 4 hoursCart 8 hours 8 hoursEmploying 3D Models 2-3 hours 2 hoursImage Recognition System 50 hours 50 hoursApart from the features, we have also shared the timeline based on various factors. Check out those factors in the next table with their estimated timelines.FactorEstimated Man HoursiOSAndroidProgramming 50+ hours 45 – 50+ hoursDesigning and Wireframing 15+ hours 15+ hours3rd Party API 15 hours per API 15 hours per APIBack-end Development 10 – 12 hours 10 hoursAI-based Recommendation 100 – 150 hours 100 – 150 hoursApp Launch 8 – 48 hours 4 – 24 hoursThis list does not just end here. We have also shared an estimated timeline based on the types of AR mobile apps. Please take a look at their estimated timelines.TypeEstimated Man HoursiOSAndroidMarker-based AR 80 – 200 hours 80 – 200 hoursMarker-based App with Animation 110 – 250 hours 110 – 250 hoursMarker-less AR 400 – 510 hours 400 – 510 hoursProjection-based AR 240 – 360 hours 240 – 360 hoursSuperimposition-based AR 280 – 400 hours 280 – 400 hoursOutlining-based AR 160 – 250 hours 160 – 250 hoursRecognition-based AR 100 – 150 hours 100 – 150 hoursSLAM AR 400 – 450 hours 400 – 450 hoursNext, we will see how apps have used AR technology to advance their features. Please find some of the best examples of AR apps in the next section. Let’s check them one-by-one.Develop Augmented Reality AppHave an idea? Not sure where to start? Book a free call with our technical AR expert.Click Here To Get Your Free QuoteBest Examples of AR AppsHere are the best examples of AR technology with their top features and download links.LogoAppFeaturesDownloadASOS – Virtual CatwalkAllows customers to try products on different size modelsView product on a real-life model in real-time Android – iOS IKEAAutomatically scales products based on room dimensionsLets users superimpose the virtual replicas of furniture Android – iOS Pokémon Go AppAllows the users to catch Pokemon in real-timeKeeps Pokemon fixed in the real-world environmentAllows collecting different characters of Pokemon Android – iOS YouCam Makeup AppOffers a real-time virtual beauty try-on experienceAlleviates the concerns of the messy lookVisualize makeup or hair colors for the perfect look in real-time Android – iOS Google LensScan and translate textHelp you to explore places around youEasy to scan codesUnderstand objects to find relevant searches from the web AndroidGIPHY WorldAdd a few GIFs around you to shareRecord videos to post on the webShare links with your friends to explore your posts Android – iosStill have questions about the price to develop an AR app for Android and iOS or how hard it is to build an AR app; then here is a list of FAQs. Ready to get started?Frequently Asked QuestionsHow much does it cost to develop an AR app for Android?Based on the above estimation, it can be concluded that the AR app development cost for Android could be ranged from $2000 – $2,00,000 based on different factors, such as features, complexity, and the location of the Augmented Reality developer.How much does it cost to develop an AR app for iOS?Based on the same estimation, the AR app development cost for iOS could be ranged from $2,500 – $2,00,000. This estimation will vary based on different factors, such as features and functionalities, types of the AR app, and the app’s complexity.How hard is it to make an AR app?Much of the complexity would depend on how well versed you are in developing AR applications. Also, it depends on how complex you want your app to be. You can develop an AR app using software development kit, such as Reality Composer and Vuforia (augmented reality SDK) to simplify the development process. Here is how you can get started with Vuforia (AR SDK). Take a look at this tutorial.If it is challenging to develop a complex AR app or you are not sure how to get started with your app idea, contact our AR experts team. Our team has hands-on experience in developing AR apps.ConclusionTo sum up, this blog has helped you to find the best tools, essential steps, cost and time to develop an AR app, best examples, and the most asked questions.We hope that all this information will help you to make your own augmented reality application. In case, if you need help from AR experts, who comprehend your business and suggest the best possible solution accordingly then, Space-O Technologies is one of the best Augmented Reality app development companies in India, the USA, and Canada.Our team of mobile app developers has developed over 3500 apps, and just like Google Lens, our expert team has developed a Picture Translator App and QR Scanner App, an application that scans the code.If you also want to discuss your idea with us about AR/VR, just fill-up the contact us form to reach out to our experts. One of our technical experts will get back to you and provide the best solution.3Author BioJigar MistryDesignation: Vice President (Technologies) Jigar Mistry is Vice President (Technologies) at Space-O Technologies. He has 14+ years of experience in the web and mobile app development industry. He has expertise in different mobile app categories like health and fitness, eCommerce, and on-demand.