On average, software development time can vary from 3 to 9 months, depending on the complexity of the software and the structure of your project. Each stage of software development process takes different amounts of time, but the most time-consuming parts are:

  •  Requirements gathering: 2-4 months
  •  Design: 6-12 weeks
  •  Development and prototyping: 2-6 months
  •  Testing: 3-6 weeks
  •  Submission to App Store or Google Play: up to 2 weeks
  •  Maintenance and updates: any length of time. Maintenance may span for 20 years, whereas additional development may be 1–2 years

For instance, a well-designed landing page can be developed in 1-2 months. But if we’re talking about a full-fledged platform, such as an enterprise social network, then the timeline will range from 6 to 7 months.

It’s the same with game development — a visual novel game like Romance Club will take up to 2 months. However, a poker game application takes an average of 6 months.

Basic mobile app development takes 2-3 months. Moderate — 4-6 months. Complex — 6-9 months or even more.