2020 Reviews

Top Mobile App Development Companies - 2020 Reviews

Last updated Oct 29, 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

  • 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
  • Impekable

    Your Enterprise Design and Engineering Partner

    Verified

    "They turned our project around quickly, and within budget."

    • CEO, Mythic Markets
    $100,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    San Francisco, CA
    Service focus
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  • Mystic Media

    A Multi-Disciplined Software Development Agency

    Verified

    "The knowledge and skill are there but the best part has been their innovative collaboration with us and our partners."

    • Owner, Beehive Buds CBD
    $10,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Murray, UT
    Service focus
  • Appetiser

    Get a Working Version of Your App Every 6 Weeks

    Verified

    "We're looking forward to continuing our app journey with Appetiser."

    • COO, Howdi Development PTY LTD
    $10,000+
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249
    Melbourne, Australia
    Service focus
  • EB Pearls

    Multi-Award Winning Mobile app developers

    Verified

    "Their high attention to detail and eternally positive attitude are what make working with EB Pearls so good."

    • Product Manager, Social Network
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Sydney, Australia
    Service focus
  • Rootstrap

    Outcome-driven development. At any scale.

    Verified

    “They have a great group of people that integrate with our team amazingly well.”

    • VP of Engineering, Emeritus
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    West Hollywood, CA
    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
  • Brightec

    Multi-award-winning mobile and web app developer

    Verified

    "They demonstrated empathy as well as affiliation with our values and purpose."

    • Chief Executive, Goscombe Homes Limited
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Brighton, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Diffco

    Mobile apps powered by AI and secure architecture

    Verified

    "Diffco team is always ready to help; they share their ideas and suggest solutions of how to solve your task."

    • CEO, Fredd Inc.
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Service focus
  • Intuz

    Custom App Development Company - Mobile, Web & IoT

    Verified

    "It has made us infinitely more efficient in our processes."

    • Controller, Private Equity Investment Firm
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    San Francisco, CA
    Service focus
  • iTechArt Group

    Custom Software Development | Dedicated Teams

    Verified

    "iTechArt has been critical in enabling us to develop a leading data service."

    • Founder, CollectorIQ, Inc.
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    1,000 - 9,999
    New York, NY
    Service focus
  • Thumbmunkeys Ltd

    Turning your ideas into brilliant apps

    Verified

    “The designs they came up with are brilliant.”

    • Co-Founder, tred
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    York, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Mubaloo

    Making People's lives better through Digital

    Verified

    “The efficiency in which they’ve managed to dive into our codebase has been very impressive.”

    • Senior Digital Communications Officer, The Vegan Society
    $100,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    London, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • thoughtbot

    Let's make your product and team a success.

    Verified

    "thoughtbot’s committed to their client’s success."

    • CEO & Founder, Health Care Startup
    $25,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    Boston, MA
    Service focus
  • Yudiz Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

    Top Mobile Apps and Games Development company

    Verified

    “Everything we wanted done, they did without question. They worked very hard to deliver what we wanted.”

    • Owner & Producer, Painted Dog Media
    $10,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Ahmedabad, India
    Service focus
  • DIGIS

    Warning! Here you will succeed!

    Verified

    "The skills of their developers are very good."

    • MD, CPN Satellite Services GmbH
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Odesa, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Apzumi

    Designing ideas, delivering software

    Verified

    "They were friendly, understood our issues, and were willing to adapt to our circumstances and needs."

    • Founder, Pharmaceutical Company
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Poznań, Poland
    Service focus
  • Applover

    Your Web & Mobile long-term digital partner

    Verified

    "We appreciated that they listened carefully to our needs and feedback."

    • CEO & Co-Founder, Prismade Labs
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Wrocław, Poland
    Service focus
  • Atmosphere Apps

    Creating innovative products for professionals.

    Verified

    "They exceeded our expectations and delivered what they promised."

    • Global Director, Education Zimmer Biomet Dental
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Gainesville, FL
    Service focus
  • Intelivita

    Immersive Mobile App and Web Development Solution

    Verified

    “We were very happy with the communication and the end product.”

    • Assistant Producer, TV Production Company
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Studio Graphene

    We are inventors, experimenters and creatives.

    Verified

    "Their price was attractive to us."

    • Founder, Shortform Audio Startup
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    London, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • AppIt Ventures

    Custom Mobile App and Custom Software Development

    Verified

    “They’re really good at staying three steps ahead of me at all times.”

    • Owner, SkinForYou Inc.
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Denver, CO
    Service focus
  • Shakuro

    Crafting Brands, Building Apps and Websites

    Verified

    “The whole team is experienced in the workflow so the process is efficient and organized.”

    • Founder, Proko LLC
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Krasnodar, Russia
    Service focus
  • Pairroxz

    We talk less, code more

    Verified

    "The responsiveness and reactivity of Pairroxz was second to none."

    • Co-Founder & CTO, Financial Services Company
    $1,000+
    < $25 / hr
    10 - 49
    Jaipur, India
    Service focus
  • AndPlus

    AI, Web, Mobile, IoT, App Design & Development

    Verified

    "The quality of AndPlus’ work was top-notch."

    • Owner, Medical Communications Platform
    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    Southborough, MA
    Service focus
  • Ajath

    #1 Mobile App Development Company

    Verified

    "Their support, dedication, and knowledge were impressive."

    • CEO, Solitaire Clubs Town
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Gurgaon, United Arab Emirates
    Service focus
  • OpenForge

    Mobile App Development Company

    Verified

    “I was impressed by their commitment to design.”

    • CTO, New Ocean Health Solutions
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Philadelphia, PA
    Service focus
  • Moove It

    Developing Impact.

    Verified

    "The workflow between the teams was seamless. By meeting two you wouldn't have known who worked for whom."

    • COO, Healthcare Startup
    $100,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Austin, TX
    Service focus
  • TekRevol

    Global app development leaders

    Verified

    "Their ability to understand the complexities of the project and ease to hit the ground running is very impressive."

    • Owner, Elementeum Games
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Houston, TX
    Service focus
  • Eight Bit Studios

    The best mobile and web apps in Chicago

    Verified

    "Their creativity, flexibility, and empathy also set them apart from the competition."

    • CEO, Kenechi
    $75,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Chicago, IL
    Service focus
  • Boston Technology Corporation

    Your Partner in Digital Health Innovation

    Verified

    “Boston Technology Corporation was fully committed to delivering a high-functioning app and even provided additional...

    • Owner, Professional Services Company
    $50,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Marlborough, MA
    Service focus
  • Simpalm

    Custom Mobile App and Web Development Company

    Verified

    "They were able to effectively walk a person without experience through the development process."

    • Executive, Mobile Ordering Platform
    $10,000+
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49
    North Bethesda, MD
    Service focus
  • Zealous System

    Hire Dedicated App Developers

    Verified

    "I was exceptionally pleased with how efficiently meetings were conducted."

    • Asst Dir of Technology for Enterprise Systems, MCNY
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Ahmedabad, India
    Service focus
  • Bamboo Apps

    Perfection in the design & simplicity of processes

    Verified

    "Bamboo Apps quickly understood what we wanted."

    • CEO, Rinspeed Inc.
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Tallinn, Estonia
    Service focus
  • Zudu

    Award Winning Apps - Design, Develop, Market

    Verified

    "They’ve become a true partner, going above and beyond to stick to our timelines..." "

    • Managing Director, Balance Mechanical and Building Services Ltd
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Dundee, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • FiveDotTwelve

    Creating world-class mobile apps

    Verified

    "They show interest in our business and we really feel that they care about us."

    • Market Manager, Knauf
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Łódź, Poland
    Service focus
  • FarShore

    We build products so you can build companies

    Verified

    "Compared to our previous partner, FarShore actually delivered."

    • CEO & Co-Founder, Bee Mortgage App
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Chicago, IL
    Service focus
  • ISBX

    Interactive. Strategy. Branding. Execution

    Verified

    "They manage expectations well, always under promising and over delivering."

    • CEO, OjO Electric
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Los Angeles, CA
    Service focus
  • Proexe

    Top-notch applications and quality software

    Verified

    "The company uses the best tools that are available and writes quality software fast."

    • CEO, Pakomatic
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Warsaw, Poland
    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.