2018 Reviews

Top Mobile App Development Companies - 2018 Reviews

Last updated Sep 18, 2018

List of Mobile App Development Companies | Mobile App Developers

  • 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
  • WillowTree, Inc.®

    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
  • ArcTouch

    Mobile Apps & 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Zco

    A Tried-and-True Development Company

    “Their comprehensive skills make them capable of anything.”

    • Co-Director, Digital Psychiatry Program, BIDMC
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Nashua, NH
  • 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
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    New York, NY
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cleveroad

    TOP Mobile apps • Web • AI • VR • IoT experts

    "They understand the development process and give their clients peace of mind."

    • CEO, Distributing Company
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Dnipro, Ukraine
  • Wve Labs

    An Unparalleled Blend of Art and Engineering

    "My experience with Wve Labs from the beginning to the present day has been nothing short of outstanding."

    • Founder, TheNow
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Experion Technologies

    We build trust.Not just software.

    “Experion seems to truly care about my success and doing a good job.”

    • Founder, Nonprofit Software Company
    $75,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Addison, TX
  • Ramotion

    Design-focused web & mobile app development agency

    “They took ownership of the project, accepting our input in line with what they had in mind.”

    • CEO, Wyre
    $50,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Burlingame, CA
  • Appinventiv

    Delivering Bespoke Mobile Experience

    "It’s been a phenomenal experience working with them."

    • Executive Director, Community Empowerment Non-profit
    $10,000+
    < $25 / hr
    250 - 999
    Manhattan, NY
  • Intuz

    We Develop Enterprise Mobile Solutions

    "In each instance, Intuz under-promised and over delivered."

    • CEO, WiFi Service Startup
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    San Francisco, CA
  • Konstant Infosolutions

    App Development Company for Startups & Enterprises

    "Konstant was able to understand my ideas and had a very prompt reaction."

    • Founder, Chow App
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Jaipur, India
  • 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
  • Small Planet Digital

    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
  • 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
    10 - 49
    New York, NY
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cheesecake Labs

    Nearshore Web & Mobile App Design and Development

    "Sometimes, we assume that good talent is only abroad, but they’ve shown us Silicon Valley-level quality." ..."

    • Design Director, Humantelligence
    $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
  • NMG Technologies

    Mobile & Web App Company based in US, UK & NZ

    "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
    10 - 49
    Las Vegas, NV
  • 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 proved to be a proactive and business-oriented agency."

    • CIO, Tech Retail Company
    Undisclosed
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Dnipro, Ukraine
  • App Partner

    Award-Winning Apps Created By a Team You'll Trust

    "I’m very happy with how the app turned out... They go the extra mile to figure out what you want."

    • Marketing Director, Conair Corporation
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Brooklyn, NY
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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+
    Undisclosed
    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
  • 3Advance

    Mobile Apps & Cloud Applications

    "They would suggest directions for us to go that I'd never even considered."

    • Co-Founder, HSA Health
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Washington, DC
  • Zealous System

    Microsoft Gold Certified Partner

    "We feel that we’ve hit the jackpot with Zealous. They get the work done, and they get it done well."

    • Chief Technology Officer, Synrgise (Pty) Ltd
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Ahmedabad, India

 

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.