2019 Reviews

Top Mobile App Development Companies - 2019 Reviews

Last updated Nov 17, 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

  • Digiryte

    Digital Products, Built Ryte!

    “We can’t speak highly enough of Digiryte’s team because they bent over backward to help us launch our product.”

    • Founder, Bumper UK
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    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

    "They’ve made my life so much better, and they’ve exceeded my expectations."

    • Co-Founder & CTO, AI Company
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Raleigh, NC
    Service focus
  • Mercury Development

    Experience, Quality, and Transparency

    Verified

    “They were steady, consistent workhorses, setting a nice pace for the effort.”

    • Corporate Marketing Director, Flatiron Media
    $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
  • Apadmi

    Restlessly Mobile

    "The main thing I like about them is how easy they are to work with; we can always bounce ideas off them."

    • Digital Project Consultant, Charles Stanley
    $10,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Novoda

    Digital Product Agency based in UK, Europe, & USA

    “They truly positioned themselves as an invaluable strategic partner who’s genuinely driven by their values.”

    • Former Product Owner, E-Cig Company
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    London, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Algoworks

    Go Mobile. Go Cloud. Go Digital.

    Verified

    “I was really impressed with their communication and transparency.”

    • Founder, Startup
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Sunnyvale, CA
    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
    Newark, DE
    Service focus
  • Master of Code Global

    AI-Powered Conversational Solutions

    “We have a great level of trust in their abilities because of the team’s consistency.”

    • CEO, Software Development Company
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Redwood City, CA
    Service focus
  • Techugo

    LET TECHNOLOGY SURPASS YOUR IMAGINATION..

    "We were impressed with their customer support and open communication..."

    • Founder & CEO, Worqleus inc.
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Noida, India
    Service focus
  • Ready4S

    We connect data, people and machines.

    Verified

    "It was a smooth and easy process. I look forward to working with them again."

    • Associate Executive Director, Communications & Marketing
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Kraków, Poland
    Service focus
  • Byteridge

    Crafting Top-Notch Mobile and Cloud Apps

    "They got a hang of what we were looking for and what experience we wanted to give the customers..." "

    • Co-Founder, Parinishtaa Media Ventures
    $10,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Hyderabad, Telangana, India
    Service focus
  • The Distance App Developers

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

    Verified

    "The project manager was excellent and always dealt with any issues that I had."

    • Professor of Psychology, University of Hull
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    London, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Clearbridge Mobile

    Building Strong Mobile Relationships

    "They weren’t thinking about how to add to the project’s scope, but rather how they could best meet our needs."

    • Product Manager, Sports Network
    $25,000+
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249
    Toronto, Canada
    Service focus
  • SimbirSoft

    Creates value today to let you be first tomorrow

    "The SimbirSoft team provided expert Team-leads."

    • Executive Director, Parma Technologies Group
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    250 - 999
    Lexington,
    Service focus
  • BiTE interactive

    We make mobile products that resonate and connect

    “They will really engage with you if you are willing to consider their ideas.”

    • Presales Advisor, CA Technologies
    $100,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Los Angeles, CA
    Service focus
  • CitrusBits

    Mobile app strategy, design, and development

    Verified

    "The project management, creative process and everything else was really well done."

    • CCO & VP of Operations, Kedalion Therapeutics
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Los Angeles, CA
    Service focus
  • Indus Net Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

    Technology served with Passion, Commitment & Care

    “If we were working domestically, the price would have been 2–3 times more than what we paid.”

    • COO, The Mobility Marketplace
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Kolkata, India
    Service focus
  • Waracle

    Mobile Apps | IoT | AR/VR

    Verified

    “Waracle was very responsive to our vision.”

    • Development Manager, Government Agency
    $100,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    London, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • 3 SIDED CUBE

    Technology For Good - Global App Developer

    Verified

    “3 SIDED CUBE has always been superb to work with due to their flexibility and enthusiasm.”

    • Technology R&D, Lush Cosmetics
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Octal IT Solution

    Mobile & Web Development -Startups & Enterprises

    Verified

    “The amount of work that they’ve done has gone beyond my expectations.”

    • Founder, The Celeb Net
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Sarasota, FL
    Service focus
  • Y Media Labs

    A digital strategy, design and technology agency.

    "Y Media Labs wants to do the right thing, and they're willing to push hard to get the job done."

    • VP, First Republic Bank
    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    250 - 999
    Redwood City, CA
    Service focus
  • Dot Com Infoway

    Making the Web & Mobile work for businesses

    Verified

    "They hold themselves to tight deadlines even when we don’t provide them."

    • COO, HIPSTO
    $1,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Madurai, India
    Service focus
  • FOONKIE MONKEY

    WE REALLY LOVE MAKING APPS

    "...we’re gladly surprised by their organization and professionalism."

    • Business Dev Partner, Entertainment Company
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Service focus
  • Credencys Solutions Inc.

    Agile full stack software development company

    "They understand the urgency of a business’s priorities."

    • Principal Solutions Architect, Multifamily Laundry Systems Company
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    LA Palma, CA
    Service focus
  • Utility

    AWARD-WINNING MOBILE DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

    Verified

    "Utility is dedicated to building products correctly and thoroughly the first time, which we appreciate."

    • CEO, Smart Lockbox Company
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    New York, NY
    Service focus
  • Excellent WebWorld

    Mobile. Web. Cloud Technology Experts

    "They are always quick and responsive."

    • Owner, Logistics Startup
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Ahmedabad, India
    Service focus
  • STRV

    Design and engineering team that delivers

    Verified

    "They do great work and set your products and technology on the right path."

    • CTO, Financial Services Company
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    Venice, CA
    Service focus
  • Atomic Object

    The right software can change everything.

    "They groom the developers into certain practices and procedures that make the experience very seamless."

    • Chief Product Officer, Energy Technology Company
    Undisclosed
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Service focus
  • Uptech

    Apps for bold ideas ✌️ Mobile & Web

    "The Uptech team is filled with young, passionate, and well-educated engineers."

    • Founder & CEO, TRiiiBE Inc
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Saffron Tech

    Web and Mobile Application Development Company

    “They went over and above for us.”

    • IT Administrator, Managed Service Provider
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Newark, NJ
    Service focus
  • 3Advance

    Real-Time Apps: Powered by AI, Driven by UX

    “The app 3advance designed looks phenomenal.”

    • CEO, Restaurant App Dev Company
    $25,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Washington, DC
    Service focus
  • Adonis Software

    Full-service global mobile app development agency

    "I saw from the beginning that they were trustworthy and they proved it through the end."

    • Digital Account Manager, Leo Burnett Romania
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Bucharest, Romania
    Service focus
  • nomtek

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

    Verified

    “It was really easy to collaborate with them because they’re very flexible.”

    • IT Manager, Architecture & Planning Company
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Wroclaw, Poland
    Service focus
  • AndPlus

    Web, Mobile, & IoT App Design & Development

    Verified

    "We have valued their knowledge and insight."

    • VP of Product Strategy, CrunchTime Information Systems
    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    Southborough, MA
    Service focus
  • Cortex

    Disrupt your Industry. Revolutionize your Business

    Verified

    "They’ve given us a high degree of confidence that they are working hard to solve our problems and they are using their..."

    • CMO, Online Retailer
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    Québec, Canada
    Service focus
  • AgileEngine

    High performing remote dedicated teams

    Verified

    "They’re really responsive, and they’re priced competitively."

    • VP of Software Development, Software Company
    $50,000+
    Undisclosed
    250 - 999
    McLean, VA
    Service focus
  • Umbrella IT

    Supercharger for your IT

    “They bend over backwards to give us what we need, when we need it.”

    • Vice President of Technology, Penske Media Corporation
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Taganrog, Russia
    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.