2018 Reviews

Top Mobile App Development Companies - 2018 Reviews

Last updated Nov 18, 2018

List of Mobile App Development Companies | Mobile App Developers

  • WillowTree®

    Mobile Innovation Agency

    "The biggest success for us was having WillowTree take over the app."

    • Vice President, Regal Cinemas
    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    250 - 999
    Charlottesville, VA
  • Raizlabs, a Rightpoint company

    Changing the world through great software.

    "Raizlabs is confident and capable, and they run their projects in a fun but professional manner. "

    • Mobile Manager, Global Retailer
    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    250 - 999
    Boston, MA
  • hedgehog lab

    Global App Developer based in UK, USA & Europe

    "The work that they demonstrated showed a real awareness of current and future technologies that could be utilized."

    • Product Design Engineer, Systems Integration Company
    $100,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    London, United Kingdom
  • ArcTouch

    Mobile Apps, Blockchain & Connected Experiences

    "The CEO was accessible to discuss anything and came out to see us in person."

    • CIO, Medical Information-Gathering Company
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    San Francisco , CA
  • Intellectsoft

    Developing serious software solutions

    "Intellectsoft was able to find experts who could build the right infrastructure for us and answer all our questions..."

    • CEO & Co-Founder, Geolocation Platform
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    250 - 999
    Palo Alto, CA
  • Dom & Tom

    Digital Product Agency

    "[They've] been very supportive when it comes to ensuring the product is finished right."

    • Concierge & Site Services Manager
    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    New York City, NY
  • Zco

    A Veteran Custom Software Developer

    “Their comprehensive skills make them capable of anything.”

    • Co-Director, Digital Psychiatry Program, BIDMC
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Nashua, NH
  • Algoworks

    Go Mobile. Go Cloud. Go Digital.

    "They made sure the app met all of our expectations."

    • Founder, Camera App
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Sunnyvale, CA
  • TechAhead

    Engineering Experiences.

    "TechAhead had great communication and, when needed, they came in with some ideas and strategies to solve any issues..."

    • Founder, FitChirp
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Agoura Hills, Los Angeles, CA
  • Hyperlink InfoSystem

    Best Android & iPhone App Development Services

    "Hyperlink Infosystem's turnaround time is excellent."

    • President, Fast Food Franchisee
    $10,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Ahmedabad, India
  • Utility

    AWARD-WINNING MOBILE DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

    “[They've] been instrumental in translating what we were asking for into an actual product.”

    • CEO, Hollywood Media Company
    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    New York, NY
  • Blue Label Labs

    NYC designers, developers & marketers of apps

    “They helped create a culture around our app, and they truly wanted it to be successful.”

    • Co-Founders, Flock
    $75,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    New York, NY
  • Appinventiv

    Delivering Bespoke Mobile Experience

    "I can’t envision a better experience than what I had."

    • Founder, Group Set Go
    $10,000+
    < $25 / hr
    250 - 999
    Manhattan, NY
  • MOBIKASA

    Awesome Mobile Apps & Web Development

    "Mobikasa is transparent and keeps a customer constantly at ease."

    • Founder, Networking Solution Startup
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    New York, NY
  • Intuz

    We Develop Enterprise Mobile Solutions

    “We can now scale based on the ebbs and flows of our business, which is a huge improvement.”

    • CEO, My Cadena
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    San Francisco, CA
  • Konstant Infosolutions

    App Development Company for Startups & Enterprises

    "They were willing to put in the extra work if it meant getting the result we wanted."

    • Econ. Affairs Officer of Sustainable Transport Division, UN Econ. Comm. for Europe
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Jaipur, India
  • nomtek

    Probably the best app developer

    "nomtek has had a large and positive impact."

    • CEO, Collectomate
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Wroclaw, Poland
  • Small Planet

    Mobile UX, Design, and Development

    "Small Planet was a great choice for the development of a first product..."

    • Director of Product Innovation, Nonprofit Alumni
    $100,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    New York, NY
  • Stfalcon

    Web, iOS and Android development for businesses

    "[T]hey demonstrated a mix of both creativity and a pragmatic approach … It helped us find good solutions."

    • SEO Strategist, Kyivstar
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Sunflower Lab

    INTERSECTION OF BUSINESS, TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION

    "They’re very clear in what they’re going to do and how much it’s going to cost up front."

    • Founder, MyHouseHas
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Somerset, NJ
  • Matellio

    Mobile & Web Apps Development Company

    "They always met or exceeded our expectations."

    • CIO, IT Solutions Company
    $10,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    San Jose, CA
  • Mobomo

    Website and App Design and Development

    "I've had ups and downs with contractors over the course of 20-years, but it’s always been smooth with Mobomo."

    • Sr. Director, Government Contractor
    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    Vienna, VA
  • Cheesecake Labs

    Nearshore Web & Mobile App Design and Development

    “They’ve helped us scale globally and are a vital partner to our vision.”

    • e-Commerce & Digital Marketing Manager, Skyroam
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Florianopolis, Brazil
  • Dogtown Media

    Creating the Mobile Future

    "They’ve patiently walked me through every step of this process, assisting me in whatever way they can."

    • Founder, Caregiver App
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Venice Beach, CA
  • Softeq

    Custom apps: Mobile, Web, Wearable, Desktop

    "Whatever your idea is, Softeq can make it happen."

    • Entrepeneur, Surgical Application
    $50,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Houston, TX
  • CemtrexLabs

    Supplying Arms for the Digital Revolution

    "Everything they’ve done has been aesthetically and functionally awesome."

    • Co-founder, Archival Management Software
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    New York, NY
  • Mobindustry Corp.

    Software development company

    “Mobindustry Corp was a flexible development partner to work with.”    

    • CEO, Transportation/IT Solutions Firm
    Undisclosed
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Dnipro, Ukraine
  • Cubix

    Software Development Company

    "Cubix was always very attentive to requests"

    • Co-Founder, Glimmer
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Washington, DC
  • NMG Technologies

    US BASED AWARD WINNING WEB, ECOM & MOBILE APP CO

    "Hiring them has been probably one of the best business decisions we've made as a company."

    • VP, Market Research Firm
    $1,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Las Vegas, NV
  • QBurst

    Technology Leveraged for Your Business

     "I can’t speak highly enough of our partnership with them from its inception."

    • Head of Operations, Consumer Engagement Platform
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    1,000 - 9,999
    Trivandrum, India
  • Infinum

    Creating beautiful software for 13 years

    "The development workflow was great, and Infinum did a good job of accommodating me."

    • CEO, Virtual Post Solutions, Inc
    $10,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    New York City, NY
  • Tapptitude

    mobile apps with attitude

    "Tapptitude is a real startup working for startups."

    • CEO, Storific
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Blue Whale Apps

    Creating Apps Since the App Store Started

    "I think the best thing is just that Blue Whale Apps is very responsive with any question or need that I have."

    • Owner, App Startup
    $10,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Boca Raton, FL
  • MindSea

    MindSea makes beautiful, integrated mobile apps.

    "This was the first app we'd ever built, so it was great to have an experienced group helping us walk through it."

    • Manager, Trans Canada Trail
    $10,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Halifax, Canada
  • Halcyon Mobile

    We build awesome mobile products for hot startups.

    "I can't say enough great things about that company, and the excellent work they do."

    • Founder, Online Blue Collar Network
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Cluj Napoca, Romania
  • HyperSense Software

    Mobile App and Web Development Agency | Romania

    "They have a diverse portfolio and strong knowledge of different markets, technologies, and functionalities."

    • CEO, Outdoors Community Platform
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Bucharest, Romania
  • openGeeksLab

    Mobile & Web Development Company, Blockchain Dev

    "They were genuinely interested in understanding our business, not just project specifications."

    • Founder, Medical Education Services Company
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Toronto, Canada
  • Wolfpack Digital

    POWERFUL WEB AND MOBILE PRODUCTS START-TO-END

    "Their ability to understand our objectives and work as though they are a part of the team has always been the best s..."

    • Director of Product Development, The Bosco
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Simpalm

    Creating Mobile Apps and Web Apps

    "It was not a problem to them that I wasn’t experienced in app building, and they were willing to walk me through the..."

    • Founder, Medical Software Innovation
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    North Bethesda, MD
  • Impiger Technologies

    Software Development Experts for Over a Decade

    "We liked [Impiger's] pricing and we liked the people..."

    • CoFounder, Freshbenies
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Richardson, TX

 

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.