2019 Reviews

Top Mobile App Development Companies - 2019 Reviews

Last updated Dec 12, 2019

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

  • Geniusee

    Web/Mobile Development & UX/UI design

    Verified

    "Their flexibility was impressive."

    • Product Manager, Home Decor Retailer
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Impiger Technologies

    Software Development Experts for Over a Decade

    "The team at Impiger Technologies brought recommendations of newer technologies and techniques that we weren’t aware of..."

    • Director of IT, Benefits Company
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Richardson, TX
    Service focus
  • Celadon

    AI-Powered App Development Agency With Attitude

    “They were adaptable to changes.”

    • CTO, M2 Innovation
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Minsk, Belarus
    Service focus
  • DockYard

    Custom Software, Mobile, and Web Apps

    Verified

    "There is not much direction that needs to be given—they're very independent in their work."

    • Project Lead, POA Network
    $25,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    Hingham, MA
    Service focus
  • Zonex Technologies Private Limited

    Experts & Professionals for Mobile & Web Projects

    Verified

    "The team was responsible and focused throughout the project."

    • Owner, Apparel Company
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    10 - 49
    Jaipur, India
    Service focus
  • Appingine

    𝐑𝐨𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐕𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲

    "I never felt like our project was on the back burner with them, I always felt like a priority."

    • Owner, Bant LLC
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Los Angeles, CA
    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
  • Mobulous

    Over 400+ Solutions Delivered Globally

    Verified

    "The most impressive thing for us was that the team from Mobulous worked overtime on some issues."

    • CEO, Web Agency
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Noida, India
    Service focus
  • Copper Mobile

    Apps That Make Business Sense

    "Their UI designs were noteworthy, but their user journey work was outstanding."

    • Head of Design, Apparel Firm
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    Dallas, TX
    Service focus
  • Zipper Studios

    Full-Stack Mobile App Development Studio

    Verified

    “They have good technical expertise and understand business needs.”

    • Delivery Manager, Software Development Company
    $1,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    2 - 9
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    Service focus
  • Factory

    Design and development of mobile/web applications

    Verified

    “It was a perfect fit for us.”

    • Account Manager, Kala Presence
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Osijek, Croatia
    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
  • itexico

    NearshorePlus Software Teams

    Verified

    "They're great communicators. Also, they do an excellent job keeping things on track and following up."

    • CTO, MOGAS Industries
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Austin, TX
    Service focus
  • Softnauts

    Building world class digital products

    Verified

    "Softnauts was responsive and cared about our needs."

    • Vice-director, Juwenalia UEK
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    2 - 9
    Kraków, Poland
    Service focus
  • Infinite Red, Inc.

    Designing, Building & Shipping Apps for 10+ Years

    Verified

    Infinite Red is a mobile and web development studio based near San Francisco and Portland, and with a remote team scattered over the US and Canada. We specialize in mobile design and development in...

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    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Vancouver, WA
    Service focus
  • Intellectsoft

    Digital Transformation Consultancy and Engineering

    Verified

    "They are a professional, established company with an enterprise background and a core development team."

    • Director, Investment Evolution
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Palo Alto, CA
    Service focus
  • hedgehog lab

    Global App Developer based in UK, USA & Europe

    Verified

    “The team was motivated and showed a great level of commitment.”

    • General Manager, Deliveroo
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    London, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Droids On Roids

    Long-term partner for your business

    Verified

    "They were highly flexible and supportive, looking for the best solution on hand, and open to address any issue." "

    • Product Owner, Car Software Company
    $50,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Wroclaw, Poland
    Service focus
  • TechAhead

    Globally Trusted Leader in Mobile Platforms

    "Being able to bring their level of expertise with such a small team sped development and kept the project on budget."

    • Founder, E-Story Platform
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Agoura Hills, CA
    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
  • Brainvire Infotech Inc

    Mobile App Development & Web Development Partner

    Verified

    “They continuously check in with us to make sure we’re doing well, asking for feedback on their work.”

    • President, CGETC Inc.
    $10,000+
    < $25 / hr
    250 - 999
    Plano, TX
    Service focus
  • FreshWorks Studio

    We Create Experiences, Not Just Apps

    "They were very accommodating, flexible, and adaptable."

    • Director, Next Generation Network
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    Victoria, Canada
    Service focus
  • Magora

    WE THINK BUSINESS, THEN DEVELOPMENT.

    Verified

    "The professionalism that Magora showed from discovery to delivery was unmatched."

    • CTO, Beer Equipment Manufacturer
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    London, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Red Foundry

    Mobilize Your Business

    Verified

    “They look out for what’s best for our business.”

    • Co-Founder, Gearflow.com
    $25,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Chicago, IL
    Service focus
  • Fueled

    THERE'S AN APP- THEN, THERE'S A FUELED APP.

    “The product they delivered allowed us to generate revenue before launching, which was very impressive.”

    • Product Manager, Wirecutter
    $75,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    New York, NY
    Service focus
  • 247 Labs Inc.

    Top Notch Developers to Deliver Excellence

    Verified

    "The CEO really cares and the team tries their best at all times."

    • Digital Strategist, Marketfuze
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Toronto, Canada
    Service focus
  • 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+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    250 - 999
    San Francisco, CA
    Service focus
  • BiTE interactive

    We make mobile products that resonate and connect

    “They’ve been great to work with.

    • COO, Clinical Software Development Company
    $100,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Los Angeles, CA
    Service focus
  • iTechArt Group

    Custom Software Development | Dedicated Teams

    Verified

    "The fact that we continue working with them speaks volumes about their impact."

    • CTO, Webfinity
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    1,000 - 9,999
    New York, NY
    Service focus
  • Daffodil Software

    Technology Partner for Custom Web & Mobile Apps

    “It’s been a rich and ongoing engagement with them.”

    • Managing Director, Web Dev & Events Info Company
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Gurgaon, India
    Service focus
  • Better Software Group

    Great People, Better Solutions

    "...after just two hours of listening about the app, the UX designer redefined the main interface in a way I..."

    • Owner, BusLive
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Wrocław, Poland
    Service focus
  • Rave Digital

    HELPING BUSINESSES IN THEIR BOTTOM LINE!

    Verified

    "They gave quick responses and paid attention to details."

    • Customer Care Analyst, Domain Registration & Hosting Services Platform
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    250 - 999
    Coral Springs, FL
    Service focus
  • Tintash

    Dedicated Remote Development Teams

    Verified

    “Their willingness to provide us resources to help us move forward made a huge difference.”

    • CEO, Mobile Network App
    $100,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Raleigh, NC
    Service focus
  • Mercury Development

    Experience, Quality, and Transparency

    Verified

    “Mercury Development was the right fit for us, and we were happy with the quality of the product and customer...

    • CEO, GatewayMD
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Miami, FL
    Service focus
  • TTT Studios

    Empowering Business Through Technology

    Verified

    "They definitely had our best interest at heart."

    • Director of Operations & Marketing, Tech Company
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Vancouver, Canada
    Service focus
  • Netguru

    Building digital products for world changers

    Verified

    "Netguru has been down to earth, approaching everything humbly."

    • Directing Manager, The Origin AG
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    250 - 999
    Poznan, Poland
    Service focus
  • The BHW Group

    Web and mobile apps for businesses of all sizes

    "They’re extremely talented, but they always listen to us and fulfill our requests."

    • Chief Information Officer, The Habit Burger Grill
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Austin, TX
    Service focus
  • Algoworks

    Go Mobile. Go Cloud. Go Digital.

    Verified

    “They’re able to help you arrive at a solution that makes sense for your specific needs.”

    • CEO, Medical Devices Company
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Service focus
  • RichestSoft

    Web & Mobile Apps Development Company

    "Working with RichestSoft was a good experience."

    • Director, Digital Company
    $1,000+
    < $25 / hr
    10 - 49
    Mohali, India
    Service focus
  • Shakuro

    Turning Vision Into Reality

    "They provided quick response time, professionalism, and great recommendations throughout the project."

    • Founder & CEO, Real Estate Financial Modeling Company
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    SEATTLE, WA
    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.