2019 Reviews

Top Mobile App Development Companies - 2019 Reviews

Last updated Nov 16, 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

  • Rantmedia

    Think. Make. Innovate.

    Verified

    "They were incredible to work with from a business perspective."

    • CTO Cyber & Consulting, Thales
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Cardiff, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • HubSpire

    Award-Winning Mobile and Web Site Developer

    Verified

    “He’s invested in our future because of the relationship we’ve grown together.”

    • Manager, Safe Squad
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    New York, NY
    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
  • 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
  • Launchpad App Development

    We transform innovative ideas into successful apps

    Verified

    "I loved the youth within their team, which offered enthusiasm, energy, and innovation."

    • Co-Founder & Director, Legend Legacy Pty Ltd
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Melbourne, Australia
    Service focus
  • Spire Digital

    Software Built Better

    Verified

    "We came into this project having never done something like this before, and Spire immediately put us at ease."

    • VP of Marketing & Operations, Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    Denver, CO
    Service focus
  • “They communicated well, and all their solutions were appropriate.”

    • Founder, TRV LLC
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Jaipur, India
    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
  • EB Pearls

    Multi-Award Winning Mobile app developers

    Verified

    “I also appreciate that we have a direct line of communication with their developers and project managers.”

    • Co-founder & Director, QuoteUp
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Sydney, Australia
    Service focus
  • Designli

    Transformative By Design.

    Verified

    "They are truly partners in this journey to create a product that will enhance the lives of others."

    • Founder, Apprecio
    $5,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Greenville, SC
    Service focus
  • ARKA Softwares

    #CreatingNextBigThing for You

    Verified

    “ARKA Softwares works very fast and is willing to go above and beyond to please their client.”

    • CEO, Archithrones
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Dallas, TX
    Service focus
  • DMI (Digital Management, Inc.)

    Driving Mobile Innovation

    "DMI was easy to work with and very knowledgeable."

    • Marketing Manager, L Brands
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    1,000 - 9,999
    Bethesda, MD
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • InfoShell

    Mobile & Web Development

    "The coherence of their work, high-level management, and quality development were impressive."

    • CEO, Supermarket Chain
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Charlottesville,
    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
  • SynapseIndia

    IT Outsourcing @ Peace of Mind

    “They had a well-defined process for gathering requirements, and they're very good at communicating.”

    • Founder, Knexus Research
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Holmdel, NJ
    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
  • Deligence Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

    Communication, Commitment, and Quality

    "Their customer service is superb and the quality of their work is phenomenal."

    • Owner, Applied American Services LLC
    $10,000+
    < $25 / hr
    10 - 49
    New Delhi, India
    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
  • thoughtbot

    Let's build something your users will love.

    Verified

    "That level of professionalism was extremely refreshing and distinguishes thoughtbot from other providers."

    • Founder, Knowledge Platform for Pet Owners
    $25,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    Boston, MA
    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
  • Empire Elements

    Web and mobile app development company in LONDON

    "They're innovative and are always willing to contribute ideas."

    • Former Chairman, Astronomy Society
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    London, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • InfiCare Technologies

    Changing The World Through Technology

    "I really appreciated InfiCare’s timeliness in responding and taking the time to explain things in layman’s terms."

    • VP of Education, Putnam Museum & Science Center
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Dulles, VA
    Service focus
  • TheAppLabb

    Ideas Made Mobile

    Verified

    “They really sought to add value beyond our initial scope rather than being just a service provider.”

    • CEO, Real Estate Startup
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Toronto, Canada
    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
  • Agile Infoways

    Award winning Mobile | Web | ERP/CRM Company

    "Their team performed keen and effective work."

    • Owner, Think one business solutions
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Dallas, TX
    Service focus
  • Vincit California

    Software Development Expert and Design Services

    “Vincit California was always understanding about timelines.”

    • Director of Operations, Martin Container
    $25,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    250 - 999
    Irvine, 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
  • Magneto IT Solutions

    Mobile App, eCommerce, Custom Software Development

    "Their speed and effectiveness in delivering our desired product as discussed impressed us."

    • Information Technology Manager, Nova Group
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Las Vegas, NV
    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
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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.