2020 Reviews

Top Mobile App Development Companies - 2020 Reviews

Last updated Feb 24, 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

  • 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
  • Designli

    Transformative By Design.

    Verified

    “They’ve done everything I’ve asked them to do and more.”

    • CEO, The Locker Room Worldwide
    $5,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Greenville, SC
    Service focus
  • Rantmedia

    Think. Make. Innovate.

    Verified

    "They’re just nice, genuine people, who are extremely intelligent and competent at the same time."

    • Director, Wedding Booker
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Cardiff, United Kingdom
    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
  • Indus Net Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

    Technology served with Passion, Commitment & Care

    Verified

    “They put the customer’s success above their own.”

    • CTO, ePayRails
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Kolkata, India
    Service focus
  • NS804

    Mobile Application Development Experts

    “Everything was very straightforward, and they provided a quality end product.”

    • President of Southern Division, Iron Heart Canning Company
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Richmond, VA
    Service focus
  • DIGIS

    Smart Software Development

    "DIGIS software engineers can work on multiple projects in parallel and have no problem switching between them..."

    • HRD, Brainbean Apps
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Larnaca, Cyprus
    Service focus
  • IDAP

    Smart software for smart people

    "We were most impressed by their development skills and ability to quickly solve technical issues/bugs when they arose."

    • Founder, DARE
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • 10Pearls

    Creating intelligent experiences

    “10Pearls successfully built efficiencies into our prototype and delivered a high-quality platform...”

    • Founder, VMD Corp
    Undisclosed
    Undisclosed
    250 - 999
    Vienna, VA
    Service focus
  • Exyte

    We take pride in building great apps

    "They were very responsive and did quality work." "

    • Product Manager, COBOL-IT
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    New York, NY
    Service focus
  • 3 SIDED CUBE

    Technology For Good - Global App Developer

    Verified

    "3 SIDED CUBE is full of passion and truly cares, with exacting standards of delivery and relationship management."

    • CEO, Filter
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Mubaloo

    Making People's lives better through Digital

    “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
  • Simpalm

    Custom Mobile App and Web Development Company

    Verified

    "Simpalm provided tremendous clarity, explaining the process in steps."

    • Founder, Real-Time app
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    North Bethesda, MD
    Service focus
  • Vog App Developers

    We Build More Than Apps, We Build Businesses

    Verified

    “They’ve been upfront and honest with me, treating my company as a partner for the long-term.”

    • President, Promotion Works Ltd.
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Calgary, Canada
    Service focus
  • Dom & Tom

    Digital Product Agency

    "[They've] been very supportive when it comes to ensuring the product is finished right."

    • Concierge & Site Services Manager
    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    New York City, NY
    Service focus
  • The NineHertz

    Eminent Mobile App & Web Development Company

    Verified

    "They are always able to sort out any problems."

    • Director, Square O
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Cincinnati, OH
    Service focus
  • Futurist Labs

    A mobile future for startups and leading brands.

    "I would say they were very accommodating and flexible with all of our requirements."

    • Founder, Innovative Social Network
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Sofia, Bulgaria
    Service focus
  • ARKA Softwares

    #CreatingNextBigThing for You

    "They were always willing to solve problems that they encountered throughout the course of the project."

    • CEO, Recursando
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Dallas, TX
    Service focus
  • IndiaNIC Infotech Limited

    Digital Product Agency with Enterprise Experience

    "We appreciated the communication with their available project manager and other senior staff."

    • Head of Product, Real Estate Franchise
    $10,000+
    < $25 / hr
    250 - 999
    Beverly Hills, CA
    Service focus
  • Sparx IT Solutions

    Custom-made, Professional & Effective solutions

    "The whole team went above and beyond in their engagement with us."

    • Virtual Assistant, JW BUSINESS SOLUTIONS LTD
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    250 - 999
    New York, NY
    Service focus
  • EB Pearls

    Multi-Award Winning Mobile app developers

    "I chose EB Pearls based on the transparency and understanding of Akash and the team."

    • Founder, Vaultd Pty Ltd
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Sydney, Australia
    Service focus
  • Endive Software

    Envision, Enhance, Empower

    "They were incredibly helpful and patient throughout the process."

    • CEO, DishPal Restaurant Services
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Jaipur, India
    Service focus
  • Hidden Brains InfoTech

    Web & Mobile App Development Company

    "I think they truly want to do a good job. Their reputation matters to them."

    • Co-Founder and CEO, SimpleFund
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Ahmedabad, India
    Service focus
  • Table XI

    Custom Apps: Tech Done Right

    Verified

    "Table XI seeks to partner with their clients."

    • Senior Manager, Management Consulting Firm
    $75,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Chicago, IL
    Service focus
  • Intuz

    Custom Software Development Company

    Verified

    "They are so helpful in guiding me in the right direction when I don't know."

    • CEO, Virdition.com
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    San Francisco, CA
    Service focus
  • Sileria

    Creative & Innovative Mobile Apps since 2001

    "It was so easy to work with them—no bureaucracy, a ton of flexibility, very friendly."

    • Chief of Staff, Agricultural SaaS Solution
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Los Angeles, CA
    Service focus
  • Jelvix

    Global Tech Partner for Digital Transformation

    "Their involvement added value to our project from the start."

    • CEO, Appy Ventures
    $50,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Kharkiv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Lean Apps

    An app agency offering mobile and web apps

    "Lean Apps produced code and documentation that met our internal coding standards without being prompted."

    • CEO, IT-Labs GmbH
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Berlin, Germany
    Service focus
  • iD EAST

    Best practices of mobile development

    "The members of the iD EAST team have a remarkable body of knowledge and experience in the area of mobile FinTech."

    • Head of Digital, OTP Bank
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Moscow, Russia
    Service focus
  • OpenSource Technologies Inc.

    Web | Mobile | Digital Marketing | Cloud

    “Their team took the time to understand my business and kept devising ways to work with customers.”

    • Agency Principal, 309 Enterprises LLC
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Lansdale, PA
    Service focus
  • Wve Labs

    An Unparalleled Blend of Art and Engineering

    Verified

    “The whole team jumps in on a call and looks into solutions, so I never feel like I’m left in the dark.”

    • Head of Business Development, Switch on Your Brain
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Los Angeles, CA
    Service focus
  • Archbolt

    Turn your idea into a strong product + business

    “Their goal is to make sure you’re producing the best product.”

    • Founder, Cityhive
    $10,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Brooklyn, NY
    Service focus
  • MobileUp

    Mobile App Development. Spot on.

    "They advised us on mobile app development and offered solutions to complex queries." "

    • Head of Project Office, Everpoint
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Saint Petersburg, Russia
    Service focus
  • Appetiser

    Get a Working Version of Your App Every 6 Weeks

    Verified

    "Their provision of expertise has been really helpful to the engagement."

    • Project Delivery Officer, Australian Medical Council
    $10,000+
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249
    Melbourne, Australia
    Service focus
  • CognitiveClouds

    We Create Transformative Software Products.

    “They are skilled people.”

    • Senior Director of Software Development, Tech Company
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Fremont, CA
    Service focus
  • Heads and Hands

    Build a better future for businesses and people

    "We are impressed by the high level of professionalism and technical competence of the vendor..."

    • Director, Omoloko, OOO
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Saint-Petersburg, Russia
    Service focus
  • GoodCore Software

    For Startups & Established Businesses. Since 2005.

    Verified

    “I was happy across the board, from A to Z.”

    • Founder, GolfCatch
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Croydon, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Launchpad App Development

    We transform innovative ideas into successful apps

    Verified

    “The design of it came out really clean and we’re super happy with it.”

    • CEO, Vossee
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Melbourne, Australia
    Service focus
  • Impekable

    Your Enterprise Design and Engineering Partner

    "It was a pleasure to work with Impekable."

    • Founder & CEO, Venture Backed Technology Co
    $25,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    San Francisco, CA
    Service focus
  • Iflexion

    Advanced Web Solutions & Enterprise Web Apps

    Verified

    "Iflexion was very open in sharing their knowledge."

    • Freelance Java Software Developer, Self-Employed
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Denver, CO
    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.