2020 Reviews

Top Mobile App Development Companies - 2020 Reviews

Last updated Nov 23, 2020

Top Mobile App Developers 2019 Are you wondering how to create a mobile app? We've vetted over 4,000 app development companies to help you find the best app developer for your needs. Use Clutch to create a shortlist of your top app development contenders, read detailed client reviews of each company, and view examples of past mobile app projects. Our research will help you find the right app developer for your project.

List of the Top Mobile App Developers

  • Hyperlink InfoSystem

    Best Android & iPhone App Development Services

    Verified

    “Even after hours, they still made sure that I was satisfied and that they were meeting my requirements.”

    • CEO & Founder, KidCare
    $10,000+
    < $25 / hr
    250 - 999
    Ahmedabad, India
    Service focus
  • Mercury Development

    Developing the Future

    Verified

    "Mercury's skill and attention to detail are exceptional and second to none."

    • Founder & Director, Software Company
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Miami, FL
    Service focus
  • The NineHertz

    Eminent Mobile App & Web Development Company

    Verified

    “They understood my idea and helped come up with a plan to achieve it.”

    • Co-Founder & Managing Director, Story Interactive
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Cincinnati, OH
    Service focus
  • Blue Label Labs

    Strategy, design & development of digital products

    Verified

    "I’ve been so happy with them that I plan to take advantage of their other services in the future."

    • Founder, Health Care Companion Application
    $75,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    New York, NY
    Service focus
  • Netguru

    Building digital products for world changers

    Verified

    “It’s very valuable and cost-effective for us to have part of our development with Netguru.”

    • Head of Product, Newst.se
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    250 - 999
    Poznan, Poland
    Service focus
  • Algoworks

    Go Mobile. Go Cloud. Go Digital.

    Verified

    "Their coding is high-quality and so are their team members."

    • Founder & CEO, Quantum CRM Solutions, LLC
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Service focus
  • techahead

    Trusted Leader in App Development

    Verified

    “They really exceeded all of my expectations, and my team had the same impression.”

    • CEO, Access International School
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Agoura Hills, CA
    Service focus
  • Appinventiv

    Over 500+ Successful Products Delivered Globally.

    Verified

    "They have very skilled iOS developers — we use tools to measure the code quality and it’s very high."

    • Project Manager, Cellink Life Sciences
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Manhattan, NY
    Service focus
  • Apptunix

    Your Vision, Our Passion

    Verified

    "The end product was exactly they initially briefed me on."

    • Managing Director, Thinkbox Interactive Ltd.
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Austin, TX
    Service focus
  • Stfalcon

    Mobile & Web App Development Company

    Verified

    "Their competence has really impressed us."

    • CEO, Octobus Technologies
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • itCraft

    High-end app development for innovation leaders

    Verified

    “They bring the quality they promise.”

    • Founder, Services Marketplace Application
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Warsaw, Poland
    Service focus
  • December Labs

    Where human-centered UX/UI meets agile development

    Verified

    "No task was too complex for them."

    • CEO, DNC Services
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Houston, TX
    Service focus
  • Swenson He

    Digital experiences brought to life.

    Verified

    "Their team’s committed to our project; They’re in it to win it with us."

    • Co-Founder & President, Software Development Company
    $25,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Beverly Hills, CA
    Service focus
  • Cheesecake Labs

    We build delightful digital experiences

    Verified

    “The major impact was the speed at which they helped deliver what our client wanted.”

    • Co-Founder, Eu Quero Investir!
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    San Francisco, CA
    Service focus
  • 3 SIDED CUBE

    Technology For Good - Global App Developer

    Verified

    "It was clear from the beginning that they wanted to fully commit to our mission and go the extra mile."

    • Director of Digital Content, Inuous Ltd.
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Konstant Infosolutions

    App Development Company for Startups & Enterprises

    Verified

    "They were constructive."

    • Co-Founder, Translation Travel App
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Jaipur, India
    Service focus
  • Tapptitude

    mobile apps with attitude

    Verified

    "They performed very well."

    • Senior Product Manager, Retail Marketing Platform
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    Service focus
  • Wolfpack Digital

    Powerful web and mobile apps. Start-to-End

    Verified

    "The two founders, Gina and Adrian, were super hands-on and smart."

    • CEO, Investor Recourse, Inc.
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    Service focus
  • Nickelfox

    Creating Leading Products

    Verified

    "Nickelfox is very easy to work with."

    • Co-Founder & Product Design Manager, Ubirider
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Noida, India
    Service focus
  • Diffco

    Mobile apps powered by AI and secure architecture

    Verified

    "While working with Diffco, I felt like they were a part of our own team."

    • Co-Founder, L.E. Solutions
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Service focus
  • 3Advance Apps

    The Rocketship for App Ideas 🚀 #MadeInDC 🇺🇸

    Verified

    “They are incredibly responsive, and more than anything, very attentive.”

    • Co-Founder, Teletour.tv
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Washington, DC
    Service focus
  • CodigoDelSur

    Rockstar coders for rockstar companies

    Verified

    "Their quality of the code, pride in their craft, and their communication was most impressive."

    • Director, Mobile Engineering, Personalized Product Retailer
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Montevideo, Uruguay
    Service focus
  • MindSea

    MindSea makes beautiful, integrated mobile apps.

    Verified

    “They turned my idea, my vision, into a fully functional prototype.”

    • Founder, Myluxierge
    $10,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Halifax, Canada
    Service focus
  • KitelyTech

    Mobile, Web, Software & SEO Experts

    Verified

    "Their expertise, availability, and professionalism were most impressive."

    • Marketing Partner, International Dymension
    $10,000+
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249
    Chicago, IL
    Service focus
  • Infinum

    Creating beautiful software for 15 years

    Verified

    “Their strength lies in their holistic approach.”

    • Product Manager, UX Design Firm
    $10,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    New York City, NY
    Service focus
  • Rapptr Labs

    Quality, Close Collaboration, & Long-Term Support

    Verified

    “I have referred several people to Rapptr — that’s how strongly I feel about working with them.”

    • Founder, Software Company
    $5,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    2 - 9
    Jersey City, NJ
    Service focus
  • Freeport Metrics

    B2B Digital Products for Software Companies 💻

    "It was a very positive engagement from start to finish."

    • Former Sr. Dir. of Data Management, Global Fintech Company
    $50,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Portland, ME
    Service focus
  • Mobomo

    Award-winning UX, Drupal, Website, and App Agency

    Verified

    “Whenever there was a problem, they were able to resolve it within 24 hours.”

    • Former Digital Comms Director, Delegate of EU to US
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    Vienna, VA
    Service focus
  • Sidebench

    Top Product, Technology, & Venture Design Firm

    Verified

    “Sidebench is great because they’re aggressive about tracking down bugs and fixing problems.”

    • Chief Technical & Transformation Officer, Cortica
    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    Santa Monica, CA
    Service focus
  • RichestSoft

    Web & Mobile Apps Development Company

    Verified

    "The timeline management and communication was stellar we loved it"

    • Owner , Exemplary Marketing LLC
    $1,000+
    < $25 / hr
    10 - 49
    Mohali, India
    Service focus
  • Halcyon Mobile

    Award-winning full-service mobile agency

    Verified

    “The development was smooth, and the design was done well.”

    • Head of Finance & Digital Products, MobileSchool
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    New York, NY
    Service focus
  • Quytech

    Mobile Apps, AR/VR, AI, Game Development Company

    Verified

    "Their team’s available at any time and willing to modify the app."

    • Senior Fisheries Scientist, Cefas
    $10,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Gurgaon, India
    Service focus
  • Geniusee

    Web/Mobile Development & UX/UI design

    Verified

    “They’ve also improved the site’s load time from 3.5 seconds to 2.5 seconds.”

    • CEO, Finance E-Learning Platform
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • GeekyAnts

    Web and Mobile App Development Experts

    Verified

    "They were flexible, easy to work with, and able to bring new ideas to the table."

    • Management Director, Tutoring Company
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Bangalore, India
    Service focus
  • Blue Whale Apps

    Creating Apps Since the App Store Started

    "They take care of us 100%, so their customer service is excellent."

    • CEO, Personalized Video App Co.
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Herndon, VA
    Service focus
  • AB4 Systems

    Build impactful software products with us

    Verified

    "I really appreciate the fact that they respond in a very timely manner."

    • Founder & CEO, Bankata
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Bucharest, Romania
    Service focus
  • Affle Enterprise

    We Build, Automate & Innovate Apps that Outperform

    Verified

    "The communication with the Affle Enterprise team was flawless."

    • Sr. Manager, Information Technology, Spectra
    $10,000+
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249
    Gurgaon, Singapore
    Service focus
  • X2 Mobile

    2M+ students and teachers using apps built by us

    Verified

    “They aren’t afraid to share their ideas on how to further improve the solution.”

    • President, Aslan Interactive, Inc.
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    Service focus
  • Impiger Technologies

    Trusted Technology Innovation Partner Since 2004

    Verified

    "I’m most impressed by their flexibility."

    • Founder, CellGate Access Control Systems
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Richardson, TX
    Service focus
  • Mutual Mobile

    End-to-end app development, strategy, and design.

    Verified

    "They’re able to evolve and mold themselves to what we specifically require."

    • Associate Director of Audio, Hay House
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Austin, TX
    Service focus
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How to Select a Mobile App Development Company

 

You’ve decided to build an app with a professional app development company. The process of selecting an app development company may seem overwhelming for businesses or entrepreneurs, especially for those selecting a company for the first time. Research exists to help you pick the best company for your needs, but where do you start? Clutch recommends considering the following factors when shopping for an app development company:

  • Type of company
  • Location of company
  • Personal relationship with company

You may be tempted to base your decision primarily on the cost of the company. However, placing emphasis primarily on cost risks the quality of the final product. Read Clutch’s guide on app development cost to understand how to pick a mobile app development company that suits your needs and maximizes your budget. Before cost, you should consider the type of company you need, where you prefer the company be located, and how well you will work with the company.

 

Understand the Types of Mobile App Development Companies

There are different types of mobile app development companies, including:

  • Boutique app developers
  • Enterprise app developers

As the names suggest, boutique app developers are often small teams that can offer a close and personalized relationship with a client.

Meanwhile, enterprise app developers have the skills and knowledge to create complex apps for a large volume of users. Skilled enterprise app developers also offer a personalized touch, despite their scale.

Furthermore, you must decide what type of app you want to build. Mobile apps typically fall into two major categories:

  • Hybrid apps
  • Native apps

A hybrid app can target multiple operating systems, such as both iOS and Android, though it offers less functionality and design. A native app can only operate on the operating system it is specifically designed for, but it can be speedier and more complex. Certain app development companies will specialize in either Android or iOS apps, and understanding what talent you’ll need is critical to finding the right team for your project.

 

Understand the Location Options for Mobile App Development Companies

You have three options when it comes to the location of your app development team:

  • Onshore
  • Nearshore
  • Offshore

As the name implies, onshore app development companies are located in the same country as you. If you are located in the United States, an onshore team will cost the most of the three options. However, onshore teams have the advantage of similar time zones, culture, language, and more. For those feeling very confused or overwhelmed by the app development process, an onshore partner may be the best option. Though they cost more, communication is often easier, helping relieve your stress and confusion.

However, a well-chosen nearshore or offshore app development company can also offer streamlined communication and high talent, as long as you conduct your research carefully.

Nearshore refers to countries close to your home country, often sharing a similar time zone, but offering cheaper costs. In the United States, nearshore app development is typically found in Latin America, especially in hotspots such as Uruguay and Brazil.

Offshore refers to countries further away from your home country. The most well-known offshore app development locations for the United States include India and Eastern European countries, such as Bulgaria and Ukraine.

You may be scared to partner with a nearshore or offshore app development company. However, the best offshore or nearshore companies will have the software and processes in place to ensure smooth communication and collaboration, no matter how many miles away they are located. Just be sure you properly research the company to make sure this is true.

 

Engage in Discussion and Discovery

No matter how good the company looks on paper, you won’t know for certain if they are right for your project until you thoroughly engage in discussion with the team.

If you are interested in a particular app development company, ask them for examples of prior projects similar to yours, and how they handled the projects. You can also conduct client research yourself by reading the in-depth client reviews on the company’s Clutch profile, this is a good source of past project successes and potential project obstacles.

Once you’ve identified a company you’re interested in, you’ll likely move on to a pre-research or “discovery” stage, as opposed to jumping straight into development. Clutch’s recent survey on app development cost found that nearly 70% of app development companies require this stage. A discovery stage is typically conducted before an app development company commits to building the full app with you. During the discovery stage, you and the app development company might:

  • Conduct market research
  • Determine if an app is the best medium for you to meet your business goals
  • Create prototypes of the app
  • Schedule out the project’s work

At the end of the discovery stage, an app development company will typically offer you a more accurate price estimate for the project. You likely will have the choice to take the research and prototypes and shop around for another app development company, if you so desire.

Companies that do not require nor offer a pre-research or “discovery” stage should not be used for all but the smallest of projects.

The discovery stage is the final hurdle. If you are still satisfied with the app development company’s work, price, and communication after this stage, it’s much safer to commit to fully developing the app with them.

App development is a complex process, with many moving parts. It’s best to spend an extended amount of time shopping for the right app development company, as opposed to picking one quickly and ending up with a poor working relationship or unsatisfactory product.