2020 Reviews

Top Mobile App Development Companies - 2020 Reviews

Last updated Jan 18, 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

  • Xicom Technologies

    Mobile App Development / Web / Software Solutions

    "They are more than willing to go the extra mile to make our partnership work."

    • CEO, AIVICON
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    San Francisco, CA
    Service focus
  • Wave Digital

    Building Mobile & Web Apps That Make Lives Better

    "I was impressed with Wave Digital's flexibility and willingness to collaborate in a way that worked for both of us."

    • Founder and Developer, Visual Timeline Company
    $10,000+
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49
    Melbourne, Australia
    Service focus
  • Futurist Labs

    A mobile future for startups and leading brands.

    "The communication is key for us, and they have been absolutely outstanding in this regard."

    • CEO, Bicycle Theft Prevention Startup
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Sofia, Bulgaria
    Service focus
  • OpenXcell

    A Leading Mobile App Development Company

    "I can only speak from a partner’s perspective, but if you’re willing to put in the hard work with them, they will..."

    • CEO, m3b labs
    $10,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Ahmedabad, India
    Service focus
  • Inventive Mobile

    We design and develop beautiful mobile apps.

    "I really appreciate their willingness to truly understand my goal and listen to my ideas."

    • Founder, ProMinute
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Seattle, WA
    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
  • DevelopmentNow

    Innovative Mobile, Web, and Emerging Technology

    “The embedded app DevelopmentNow created is a game changer for us from a business standpoint.”

    • General Manager, Volley Media
    $5,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Portland, OR
    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
  • Vrinsoft Technology

    Indian Mobile App Development Company

    "They did an outstanding job and supported me in making my vision a reality." "

    • CEO, The Next Music Generation
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Glendale, CA
    Service focus
  • Arbisoft

    Tech partner for startups looking to make it big

    "The development process went pretty smoothly."

    • Project Coordinator, Financial Instituion
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    250 - 999
    Mckinney, TX
    Service focus
  • MyOxygen

    Apps that change the way people work and live

    “...the app has been very well received by users, significantly improving efficiencies across the board.”

    • PhD Researcher, School of Psychology, Cardiff University
    $10,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • thoughtbot

    Let's make your product and team a success.

    Verified

    "They asked great questions and truly understood the users and their goals.”"

    • VP of Engineering, Health Care Coordination Company
    $25,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    Boston, MA
    Service focus
  • Yudiz Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

    Top Mobile Apps and Games Development company

    Verified

    "Their communication and speedy responses to complaints were impressive."

    • Executive Manager, The Green Yolk Global Ltd
    $10,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Ahmedabad, India
    Service focus
  • InfiCare Technologies

    Changing The World Through Technology

    "They have excellent customer service with a great pricing structure."

    • CEO, Kor Evv
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Dulles, VA
    Service focus
  • Five Pack Creative

    Big Things for Small Screens

    Verified

    “Their collaborative, flexible spirit in helping us get things done has been most impressive.”

    • Director of Engineering, GoDaddy
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    Frisco, TX
    Service focus
  • Eight Bit Studios

    The best mobile and web apps in Chicago

    Verified

    “Eight Bit Studios is always willing to put in extra effort to make a rock-solid product.”

    • CEO & Founder, Rigfish
    $75,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Chicago, IL
    Service focus
  • MLSDev

    World-class mobile and web development agency

    "They were everything I could have hoped for in a contract development firm."

    • VP of Engineering, Takeout Central
    $50,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Savvycom Software

    Most Trusted App Developer & Tech Partner

    “Savvycom Software actually cared about our project.”

    • Founder and CEO, dressCODE
    $50,000+
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249
    Hanoi, Vietnam
    Service focus
  • Peerbits

    Delivering Excellence, Righteously

    "Peerbits spent time with us going through requirements and made a deep analysis of the project."

    • CEO, Jewlot
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Ahmedabad, India
    Service focus
  • The Sneakers Agency

    INNOVATING JUST GOT EASIER

    Verified

    "The Sneakers Agency charges great rates for their in-depth experience in iOS development."

    • Founder, Travel Platform
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    New York, NY
    Service focus
  • OpenSource Technologies Inc.

    Web | Mobile | Digital Marketing | Cloud

    "To say it as simply as possible: I feel like I’m their only client." "

    • President, Bango Systems
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Lansdale, PA
    Service focus
  • Bottle Rocket

    Custom Mobile Design, Strategy, Development

    “I can’t imagine a better app development company.”

    • Director of Digital Health, Baylor Scott & White Health
    $25,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    Addison, TX
    Service focus
  • Singsys

    Top Mobile App Developers that Singapore Trusts

    "They suggested things which we as a client may not have come up with on our own."

    • CEO & Founder, TRACKNGO CABS PRIVATE LIMITED
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    High Street Centre, Singapore
    Service focus
  • KODE

    Best people do best work in app development&IoT

    “They’re ambitious and ready to conquer the market with us.”

    • Lead of Loyalty Program, Robot X
    $50,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Kaliningrad, Russia
    Service focus
  • Toptal

    Hire the top 3% of freelance talent.

    "It was very helpful to have somebody that we felt comfortable talking to and trusted."

    • Co-Founder, Start-Up Marketplace
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    1,000 - 9,999
    San Francisco, CA
    Service focus
  • Postlight

    Modern platforms for modern business

    Verified

    “Postlight ensures we understand everything they’re doing and what needs to happen, which is very reassuring.”

    • CEO, Workers Benefit Fund
    Undisclosed
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249
    New York City, NY
    Service focus
  • TechJini, Inc

    Google Certified App Development Company

    "They’re not just a vendor but rather a technology partner."

    • Technical Project Manager, Highlow Markets
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    250 - 999
    Edison, NJ
    Service focus
  • CognitiveClouds

    We Create Transformative Software Products.

    “They're very flexible and understanding of the needs of a small startup.”

    • Founder, Digital App Startup
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Fremont, CA
    Service focus
  • TriState Technology LLP

    Full stack mobile and web app development company

    "TriState Technology is incredibly humble in their approach and their customer relationship skills are excellent."

    • Founder, Property Management Solution Company
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Ahmedabad, India
    Service focus
  • Elegant Media

    ISO9001 Quality Certified Mobile App Development

    Verified

    “I would recommend them to anyone who’s considering an app development company but doesn't want to spend six figures.”

    • Digital Marketing Specialist, Global Manufacturing Company
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Clayton, Australia
    Service focus
  • Vincit California

    Software Development Expert and Design Services

    "The Vincit team was super responsive and willing to tackle...any problem we brought up."

    • Product & Engineering Manager, Consumer Electronics Company
    $25,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    250 - 999
    Irvine, CA
    Service focus
  • AD:60 Agency LLC

    We Create Lasting Experiences

    "AD:60 has been the best creative partner, not only in terms of design and execution, but also in terms of concepting..."

    • Consultant, Health Website
    $10,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Brooklyn, NY
    Service focus
  • Tapston

    Full Cycle Software Development Company

    Verified

    “Their attitude was impressive; they really wanted to make a good product.”

    • Head of Marketing, Jewelry Store Chain
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Minsk, Belarus
    Service focus
  • Appetiser

    Get a Working Version of Your App Every 6 Weeks

    Verified

    "They shared our values and saw the potential with this app."

    • Marketing Manager, Honcho
    $10,000+
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249
    Melbourne, Australia
    Service focus
  • Chili Labs

    We make mobile apps

    "Working with Chili Labs to work on an app for me was the best experience I've had so far."

    • Founder, Lucid Dreaming Startup
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Riga, Latvia
    Service focus
  • Orangesoft

    Mobile App & Web Design and Development

    "The guys from Orangesoft were flexible and quick."

    • CEO, WHplus GmbH
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Minsk, Belarus
    Service focus
  • RNF Technologies

    Architects of tomorrow

    “Whenever I need help with something, I know I can speak to someone within the same day.”

    • Business Development Manager, SilkWater
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Houston, TX
    Service focus
  • Appingine

    𝐑𝐨𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐕𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲

    "They were friendly and responsive to changes."

    • District Sales Manager, Red Bull Distribution Company
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Los Angeles, CA
    Service focus
  • iD EAST

    Best practices of mobile development

    “What attracted us to them was their extensive exposure to the financial sector.”

    • CMO, FxPro
    Undisclosed
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Moscow, Russia
    Service focus
  • Thumbmunkeys Ltd

    Turning your ideas into brilliant apps

    Verified

    “Their costs are lower than other companies in their field, but they deliver at the same level as their competitors.”

    • Director, Bluehub
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    York, 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.