2020 Reviews

Top Mobile App Development Companies - 2020 Reviews

Last updated Jul 9, 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

  • Mutual Mobile

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

    Verified

    “I really enjoy working with everyone on their team—they’re very bright, kind, and respectful.”

    • Product Manager, Civil Construction Reporting Service
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Austin, TX
    Service focus
  • 648 Group

    Premium Mobile and Web Applications

    Verified

    "648 Group gave us the ability to be more adaptable as the year goes on."

    • DIrector of Technology, Compass Bible Church
    $5,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Aliso Viejo, CA
    Service focus
  • Softensy

    Your trusted partner to the digital future!

    Verified

    “Softensy stuck to the schedule across all tasks and ensured that we remained within our cost limits.”

    • Head of Alternative Sales, Ecobank
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Dnipro, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Steelkiwi

    Software development services with a high standard

    Verified

    "The thing that impressed us the most is the level of their involvement in the project."

    • Project Manager, Uhsome
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Odessa, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Redbee Software

    Mobile App Development Agency

    Verified

    "We were happy overall with the service they provided."

    • CTO, Digital Agency
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    Service focus
  • Applaudo Studios

    Bringing to life your digital vision

    Verified

    "Their team has impressive Cloud and solution hygiene."

    • CTO, Phoenix Sports Partners
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Austin, TX
    Service focus
  • Orangesoft

    We build mobile & web apps that people love

    Verified

    "They were very flexible and accommodating to our sometimes rather unusual needs and circumstances."

    • CEO, Comprado
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Brest, Belarus
    Service focus
  • Big Nerd Ranch

    Designing and Building Brilliant Digital Products

    Verified

    "As I've mentioned to Big Nerd Ranch, they stand out as the best company I've worked with in my 30 years in the..."

    • CFO, Care+ Ventures, LLC
    $10,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    Atlanta, GA
    Service focus
  • 923 Digital

    Creative, Reliable, Clever - Mobile & Web Apps

    Verified

    “Their insights are very valuable and that distinguishes them from other providers.”

    • Former CTO, Commercial Laundry Group
    $100,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Boston, MA
    Service focus
  • Factorial Complexity

    Polished Mobile Development and UI/UX Design

    Verified

    "The quality and structure of their code are impressive."

    • CEO, Healthcare App Developer
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Kharkiv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Nimble AppGenie

    DEVELOPING APPS THAT ATTRACT MILLIONS OF USERS

    Verified

    "Every step of the project, I was comfortable that they had everything under control."

    • CEO, Wade Property
    $50,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    London, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Zipper Studios

    Software development agency with a Product mindset

    Verified

    "The hands-on mentality they display is amazing."

    • CEO, Digital Agency
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    Service focus
  • Copper Mobile

    Apps That Make Business Sense

    "We found our perfect technology partners!"

    • Co-Founder & CEO, Hindistan Dukkan
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    Dallas, TX
    Service focus
  • Factory

    Design and development of mobile/web applications

    Verified

    “It was a perfect fit for us.”

    • Account Manager, Kala Presence
    $5,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Osijek, Croatia
    Service focus
  • Ars Futura

    Design-driven agency building mobile and web apps.

    Verified

    "They have great values as a business and are willing to go above and beyond to provide useful service and partnership."

    • CEO, Community Engagement Platform
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Service focus
  • DockYard

    Custom Software, Mobile, and Web Apps

    Verified

    "It didn’t feel like their team was ever stumped, which struck me."

    • VP Software Engineering, Automotive Marketplace
    $100,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    Hingham, MA
    Service focus
  • Buuuk

    Designing and developing digital experiences

    Verified

    “They have a flexible approach to the work and their style complements ours very well.”

    • Manager, Daimler
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Singapore, Singapore
    Service focus
  • Softnauts

    Building world class digital products

    Verified

    "The Softnauts have so many employees that the necessary expertise can be found everywhere."

    • Co-Founder, Qlinker
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    2 - 9
    Kraków, Poland
    Service focus
  • Lithios

    Mobile and Web Apps Developed Right the First Time

    Verified

    "They’re on top of everything."

    • Founder & CEO, TraKid
    $10,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Raleigh, NC
    Service focus
  • Clarika

    Agile Nearshore Software Development Services

    Verified

    "Clarika asked valuable questions about our expectations and the product."

    • COO, Calidad.ai
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Cordoba, Argentina
    Service focus
  • Quantum Mob

    We build successful digital products

    Verified

    "They were a great partner in terms of bringing our visions to life while working with an aggressive timeline."

    • Senior Product Manager, LoyaltyOne
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Toronto, Canada
    Service focus
  • YND

    Berlin-based Digital Product Studio

    Verified

    “They’re really pushing us forward and helping us.”

    • Owner & CEO, SolutionFacts Consulting GmbH
    $100,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    Berlin, Germany
    Service focus
  • Infinite Red, Inc.

    Designing, Building & Shipping Apps for 10+ Years

    Verified

    "They’re great developers but also the way that they work with their clients sets them apart."

    • Senior Project Manager, Advertising Agency
    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Vancouver, WA
    Service focus
  • Highland Solutions

    Understand your customers. Build better tech.

    Verified

    "I was very impressed by the willingness of the team to dig deep and learn hard."

    • CEO, Medical Education Firm
    $25,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Chicago, IL
    Service focus
  • ArcTouch

    Trusted by the Fortune 500 and startups since 2009

    Verified

    "ArcTouch was a great partner to have."

    • Senior Director of Online Experience, Hawaiian Airlines
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    San Francisco, CA
    Service focus
  • hedgehog lab

    Helping global brands harness the power of mobile

    Verified

    “They always give genuine feedback. They want the app to do well, and they’ve been super involved.”

    • Operations Assistant, Continental Express, Inc.
    $100,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    London, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • STRV

    Design and engineering team that delivers

    Verified

    “They don’t just do the work; they go above and beyond and provide suggestions to make the product even better.”

    • COO, Fintech Startup
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    Venice, CA
    Service focus
  • Merixstudio

    Custom software development | web | mobile | UX/UI

    Verified

    "We are now able to launch new products in a matter of days."

    • CPO, Burrow
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Poznań, Poland
    Service focus
  • CitrusBits

    Mobile app strategy, design, and development

    Verified

    "I was blown away by pretty much everything."

    • Marketing & Sales Manager, Wide Merchant Group
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Los Angeles, CA
    Service focus
  • Droids On Roids

    Long-term partner for your business

    Verified

    "Amazing teamwork and workflow."

    • CEO, FinTech Company
    $50,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Wroclaw, Poland
    Service focus
  • Apadmi

    Restlessly Mobile

    Verified

    "With Apadmi, you’re paying for guaranteed quality."

    • Co-Founder, JigTalk
    $10,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    Salford, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Indus Net Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

    We Deliver Digital Success

    Verified

    "They successfully delivered our project!"

    • CEO, Digital Financial Services Company
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Kolkata, India
    Service focus
  • Blue Label Labs

    New York City's top digital product agency

    Verified

    “They’re a dynamic team that knows what they’re doing.”

    • Founder & CEO, Foodgroup
    $75,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    New York, NY
    Service focus
  • Brainvire Infotech Inc

    Developed App of the Year with 50m+ Downloads

    Verified

    "The speed and the quality of their work are what I really like about them."

    • Managing Partner, Hodagri
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Plano, TX
    Service focus
  • ChopDawg.com

    Think Partner, Not Agency

    Verified

    "Their ability to take my ideas and put them into this type of technology was phenomenal."

    • President, MEDSPLAIN™
    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Philadelphia, PA
    Service focus
  • Koombea

    Leading iOS, Android & Web App Development Partner

    Verified

    "Over time they've become a strategic ally, rather than just a services provider."

    • CEO, Nauty360
    $50,000+
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249
    Miami, FL
    Service focus
  • Red Foundry

    Mobilize Your Business

    Verified

    “They brought an incredible level of creativity to a complicated issue.”

    • CEO & Founder, RacketStats, LLC
    $25,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Chicago, IL
    Service focus
  • Dogtown Media

    Creating the Mobile Future

    Verified

    “They built an intuitive and simple design, and the team works quickly to address bugs and solve problems.”

    • Senior Ops Manager, Hospital Innovation Lab
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Venice Beach, CA
    Service focus
  • nomtek

    Innovation-driven software house (MOBILE, AR & XR)

    Verified

    “I really liked how flexible they were. They weren’t worried about changing plans or ideas.”

    • Founder & Managing Director, Covert Science GmbH
    $50,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Wroclaw, Poland
    Service focus
  • The Distance App Developers

    Top 5, UK-based team with 10+ years mobile exp.

    Verified

    "Even when we give them the faintest idea of what we want to achieve, they always come up with a way to do it."

    • Co-Founder & CEO, iPrescribe Exercise
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    London, United Kingdom
    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.