An Ugly Android Application Worth $200,000 in Development Bills

The world of software development is a funny place. There are innumerable companies competing for the same space in development. Similar projects vary in price across companies. What can be done for a few hundred dollars, is done at thousands of dollars at times. Surprisingly, almost all of these companies are doing well. However, out of these, only the ones that have a good profile dare to charge exorbitant amounts.

However, for the app that we are going to talk here, exorbitant does not cut it. This is an Android application with $106,467 in bills for development of the Android version and $96,000for the iPhone version. The total bills come to $200,000, and guess what! This is the equivalent development cost for a decent Android game. What do we get, with that kind of money being spent by the government?

The product


Get the heat index for your work site and precautions to prevent heat illness.  When you’re working in the heat, safety comes first. With the OSHA Heat Safety Tool, you have vital safety information available whenever and wherever you need it — right on your mobile phone.


If that is a tad obfuscated, the SHA Health Safety Tool application simply gives you the heat-index, calculating it from the temperature and the humidity. Clicking on “precautions” gives you the risk level, water intake advice, emergency plans and response, and a couple of other things that is usually common sense coupled with a few trips to Google.

Apparently, the US Department of Labor selected Eastern Research Group Inc. for developing this app. Eastern Research Group does almost everything known to humankind, ranging from web application development to Risk Assessment and Event Planning. It would be marvelous to know what was so costly, that went into the creation of this application at Eastern Research Group.

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.