2020 Reviews

Top Mobile App Development Companies - 2020 Reviews

Last updated Sep 20, 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

  • Red Foundry

    Mobilize Your Business

    Verified

    "Project management’s one of the strongest pieces of their program."

    • Founder, Whatifwe World
    $25,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Chicago, IL
    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
  • Miquido

    Google Certified Agency | mobile | web | AI

    Verified

    "We're impressed by the Miquido attention to detail and their transparency in everything they do."

    • Chief Commercial Officer, Nextbank Software Inc.
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Kraków, Poland
    Service focus
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  • Brainvire Infotech Inc

    Developed App of the Year with 50m+ Downloads

    Verified

    "They have all of the skills that we need in a partner."

    • Product Manager, Education Software Company
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Plano, TX
    Service focus
  • ChopDawg.com

    Think Partner, Not Agency | Let's Make It App’n!®

    Verified

    "They’re very professional."

    • CEO & Co-Founder, House of Elite
    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    Philadelphia, PA
    Service focus
  • Koombea

    Leading iOS, Android & Web App Development Partner

    Verified

    "Their service attitude and commitment to the project were impressive."

    • IT Project Manager, Carbon Exports Company
    $50,000+
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249
    Miami, FL
    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
  • Zco

    A Veteran Custom Software Developer

    Verified

    “Zco has an unbelievable ability to turn high-level ideas into practical designs and implementations.”

    • Project Manager, Southwestern Advantage
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Nashua, NH
    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
  • Daffodil Software

    Technology Partner for Custom Web & Mobile Apps

    Verified

    "The flexibility of allocating resources was impressive."

    • Geospatial Analyst, Data Scientist, Environmental Monitor
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Gurgaon, India
    Service focus
  • Digiryte

    Digital Products, Built Ryte!

    Verified

    “If I could describe them in one word, it’d be cooperative.”

    • Founder, Home Services Marketplace
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • TTT Studios

    Empowering Business Through Technology

    Verified

    "They brought a toolset to workshops that was robust, light, and thorough."

    • Innovation Manager, Transportation Authority
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Vancouver, Canada
    Service focus
  • The BHW Group

    Web and mobile apps for businesses of all sizes

    Verified

    "They spend a lot of time recruiting and nurturing a team culture that’s meritocratic and transparent."

    • Technology Lead, Hatchways
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Austin, TX
    Service focus
  • Tintash

    Web and Mobile Innovation Experts

    Verified

    "Their experience in the field and the speed at which they work impressed us."

    • Co-Founder, Acciyo
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Raleigh, NC
    Service focus
  • Techugo

    Think Innovation, Think Us!

    Verified

    "They provide a very competitive cost while providing a quality product."

    • Tech Lead, Digital Agency
    $10,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Ontario, Canada
    Service focus
  • Ready4S

    Custom web & mobile development

    Verified

    "When we asked for additional resources, they’ve been very quick at finding those for us."

    • CTO, Lexly
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Kraków, Poland
    Service focus
  • Andersen

    Software Solutions to Transform your Business

    Verified

    “Usually, the changes were implemented the same day or the next day.”

    • CEO, AI Business Planning Solution
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    1,000 - 9,999
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Service focus
  • Uptech

    Apps for bold ideas ✌️ Mobile & Web

    Verified

    “The attention that the company leadership gave us was very nice.”

    • Chief Product Officer, PNKYSWR
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Utility

    AWARD-WINNING MOBILE DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

    Verified

    "What was most impressive was probably their speed and skills."

    • Director of Creative Strategy, Sports Content Company
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    New York, NY
    Service focus
  • 247 Labs Inc.

    We Make Quality Mobile Apps & Premium Websites

    Verified

    “It was nice to know that they were invested in this project and excited to work on it.”

    • Resident Wellness Manager, Healthcare Organization
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Toronto, Canada
    Service focus
  • Dot Com Infoway

    Making the Web & Mobile work for businesses

    Verified

    "I’m happy that the product I envisioned is now a reality, and they were able to make that happen."

    • President, Associates of St. John Bosco
    $1,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Madurai, India
    Service focus
  • FOONKIE MONKEY

    A trusted Technology Partner. We love innovation.

    Verified

    "The team is very flexible."

    • LATAM Customer Education, Medical Solutions Company
    $50,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Miami, FL
    Service focus
  • Octal IT Solution

    Mobile & Web Development -Startups & Enterprises

    Verified

    "They were proactive and patient with me when they needed to be."

    • Owner, BHere4ever
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Sarasota, FL
    Service focus
  • Waracle

    Mobile Apps | IoT | AR/VR

    Verified

    “We’ve been impressed by how easy it is to work with Waracle, from start to finish.”

    • Project Manager, Medical Research Charity
    $100,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    London, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Sonin App Development

    A Decade of Experience Building Award-Winning Apps

    Verified

    "Everyone from the Sonin team genuinely seemed to care about the mission behind it."

    • Founder, Senior Care Business
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Reigate, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Prismetric

    Delivering Quality Products and Premium Services

    Verified

    “They have a wealth of ideas, and they’re willing to teach you everything.”

    • IT Director, Mateflick Infotech India Private Limited
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Gandhinagar, India
    Service focus
  • Saffron Tech

    Web and Mobile Application Development Company

    Verified

    “I felt that they really understood my vision and were really excited about it.”

    • Founder, Seamless Therapy
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Newark, NJ
    Service focus
  • Launchpad App Development

    We transform innovative ideas into successful apps

    Verified

    "The level of technical and functional knowledge of the industry was supported by enthusiasm."

    • ICT Project Manager, Wodonga TAFE
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Melbourne, Australia
    Service focus
  • Emizen Tech

    Your Ideas, Our Innovations!

    Verified

    "The overall knowledge and expertise of the developers are commendable."

    • Co-Founder, Toy Retail Company
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Jaipur, India
    Service focus
  • Designli

    Transformative By Design.

    Verified

    "Their honesty and transparency around the app build and features were great."

    • Senior Marketing Manager, Lex Mundi
    $5,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Greenville, SC
    Service focus
  • Rantmedia

    Think. Make. Innovate.

    Verified

    "Their team had the desire to complete our project and offered a reasonable price."

    • Head of Operations, Monmouthshire Building Society
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Cardiff, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Vog App Developers

    We Build More Than Apps, We Build Businesses

    Verified

    "They did whatever it took to get the app off the ground."

    • Director of Marketing & Communications, Fuel Donkey
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Calgary, Canada
    Service focus
  • Syberry

    Quality Software. Perfect Service. Every Time.

    Verified

    "They’re dedicated and responsive."

    • CEO, Driver Training Company
    $50,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Austin, TX
    Service focus
  • MobiDev

    Mobile&Web. Machine learning. IoT. AR.

    Verified

    "Their robust execution of business analysis and sprint execution was the most impressive..."

    • Software Manager, Photocentric Ltd.
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Atlanta, GA
    Service focus
  • Chelsea Apps

    We challenge your ideas so users don’t have to!

    Verified

    "Chelsea apps were highly knowledgeable, nimble and collaborative."

    • Senior Group Digital Manager, Itsu
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    London, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • ARKA Softwares

    #CreatingNextBigThing for You

    Verified

    “They are consistent and provide the services we need.”

    • Director, Lab Inspection Subsidiary
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Dallas, TX
    Service focus
  • Intellectsoft

    Digital Transformation Consultancy and Engineering

    Verified

    "They’re solid and deliver on their promises."

    • COO, GeoZilla Family Locator
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Palo Alto, CA
    Service focus
  • YML

    We design and build innovative digital experiences

    Verified

    "They are flexible and can work as an extension of our internal team, as well as working independently."

    • Experience Leader, Insurance Company
    $250,000+
    $200 - $300 / hr
    250 - 999
    Redwood City, CA
    Service focus
  • Heady

    Guardians of your digital future

    Verified

    “They truly wanted what was best for us, and they proved that.”

    • Chief Product Officer, PopViewers
    $75,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    Brooklyn, NY
    Service focus
  • GoodCore Software

    For Startups & Established Businesses. Since 2005.

    Verified

    “Their project management is very good. We communicate by telephone, email, and Skype.”

    • Owner, Creative Education Solutions Ltd
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Croydon, 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.