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

  • 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
  • AB4 Systems

    We build impactful software products

    Verified

    "They’re really fast, which is great because everything happens quickly in our industry."

    • Director, Anim'est International Animation Film Festival
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Bucharest, Romania
    Service focus
  • Dropsource

    Full Stack Mobile Development Agency

    “We used email and phone to communicate, but I always felt very up to date on their progress.”

    • CEO, Tech Startup
    $10,000+
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49
    Raleigh, NC
    Service focus
  • Sonin App Development

    We Design and Build Outstanding Apps

    Verified

    "I was impressed by the way they communicated with us and how much they cared about the project."

    • Marketing Manager EMEA, Online Encyclopedia
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Reigate, United Kingdom
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Yudiz Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

    Top Mobile Apps and Games Development company

    Verified

    "Their willingness to respond in a very fast manner was impressive."

    • Owner, Chuuba Games
    $10,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Ahmedabad, India
    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

    “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
  • Softermii

    Achieve timely and cost-effective results!

    “Their team members were very invested in finding solutions for us.”

    • Founder, Adventure Planning Company
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Studio City, CA
    Service focus
  • Big Nerd Ranch

    Designing and Building Brilliant Digital Products

    Verified

    "As I've mentioned to Big Nerd Ranch, they stand out as the best company I've worked with in my 30 years in the..."

    • CFO, Care+ Ventures, LLC
    $10,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    Atlanta, GA
    Service focus
  • 111 Minutes

    Strategy, Design, Development. Web and Mobile.

    "They have the expertise to do the job we need, and their ability to repeatedly deliver quality work builds trust."

    • SVP Product Technology Management, Spry Marketing Technologies
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Singsys

    Top Mobile App Developers that Singapore Trusts

    "The fine-tuning between our technical team and theirs has been ever wondrous due to their professional work ethics."

    • Owner, Garg Enterprises
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    High Street Centre, Singapore
    Service focus
  • appsolute GmbH

    German mobile app developer

    "They worked with a plan and the time schedule was perfect!"

    • Director Broadcast Technology, sonnenklar.TV
    $5,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Wörth am Rhein, Germany
    Service focus
  • Flexsin Inc.

    Custom Mobile Apps & Web Development Company

    "With Flexsin’s efforts, we have decreased our PPC spending while sales have continued to grow."  "

    • CEO, Sclera-lenses.com
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Dallas, TX
    Service focus
  • Sileria

    Creative & Innovative Mobile Apps since 2001

    “Our clients were happy with their work, and they always interacted well with our internal team.”

    • Former Technical Lead, Advertising Agency
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Los Angeles, CA
    Service focus
  • Monstar Lab

    Your Strategic Development Partner

    "[I]t was a collaborative and positive experience for us."

    • CEO, Job Matching Service
    $75,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    250 - 999
    Singapore, Singapore
    Service focus
  • Erminesoft

    Wild Ideas Tamed

    "Erminesoft really wants to create a great product for users to enjoy."

    • Founder, Social App
    Undisclosed
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    San Francisco, CA
    Service focus
  • molfar.io

    Fast MVPs for Startups

    "They're honest, straightforward, and professional."

    • Project Manager, IT Company
    $5,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Dnipro, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • OneByte

    Appifying Incredible Ideas

    "They are timely in responses and attentive to our needs."

    • Managing Partner of Client Success, Ready Hatch
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Lahore, Pakistan
    Service focus
  • Ampersand + Ampersand

    Co-creating innovation in digital healthcare

    "Ampersand has a lot of experience in the app space, and they were very good at focusing us on what users would be..."

    • Consultant Gastroenterologist, Royal London Hospital, Barts Health Trust
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    London, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Exploding Phone

    West Midland Native App Developers

    “The revenue for that client process has gone up by 1,000%.”

    • Director, Premier Waste Management Services (UK) Plc
    $10,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    2 - 9
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • PromptWorks

    Handcrafted software for remarkable companies

    “PromptWorks has a strong team, and they really are leaders in the industry.”

    • Director, Fashion Brand
    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Philadelphia, PA
    Service focus
  • Netsells Group

    Building Something Better

    Verified

    "They’ve managed all aspects of the project professionally."

    • Operations Manager, Global Entrepreneurship Monitor
    $10,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    York, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • MLSDev

    World-class mobile and web development agency

    “They were personally invested in the project, so we had a very good working relationship.”

    • Founder, Dating App
    $50,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • CleverPumpkin

    Mobile Apps Development for iOS and Android

    “Soon after beginning the project, we’d already started to value them as a trustworthy partner.”

    • Co-Founder & CTO, ArtFit
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Saint-Petersburg, Russia
    Service focus
  • jācapps

    Experienced iOS and Android App Developers

    "It’s rare to see this level of responsiveness, especially in the tech side of the world."

    • Director, Relevant Radio
    $10,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Bingham Farms, MI
    Service focus
  • Infrared5

    Yeah, we can build that

    "You know that they are doing the work locally with a great group of talented individuals."  "

    • CEO, Mobile Gaming Startup
    $10,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Jamaica Plain, MA
    Service focus
  • Appiskey

    The Ultimate Doorway to Web and App Development

    “The apps are both working and available on their respective platforms.”

    • Founder, Ticket To Remember
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Lake Mary, FL
    Service focus
  • Norbsoft

    We design and build remarkable mobile apps

    "Norbsoft Mobile's team has good attention to detail."

    • Program Manager, IoT and Cloud Company
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Waterloo, Canada
    Service focus
  • Intelivita

    Immersive Mobile App and Web Development Solution

    Verified

    “They have a strong ability to listen to our needs and deliver in a very efficient timescale.”

    • Owner & Managing Director, Independent Education Consultants
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • WOXAPP

    Mobile applications for startups and businesses

    "We’re happy with the quality of their work and everything has been excellent."

    • Founder, Startup
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Dnipro, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • eSparkBiz

    Award Winning Enterprise Web & Mobile App Company

    "Our mobile conversion rate increased a lot compared with our old website."

    • Sales Manager, Automotive Firm
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Ahmedabad, India
    Service focus
  • App Design Company

    Bringing Your App Ideas to Life

    "We wouldn’t be in business without a partner like App Design Company."

    • President, Journey Application, Inc
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Enicinitas, CA
    Service focus
  • Glance Creative Ltd.

    We're award-winning app developers.

    “All their work is easy to access or view, and they supply us with all the information we need.”

    • Director, CJ's Digital Holdings
    $50,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    London, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • "They have created something which I am very proud of, and interpreted my vision as a whole."

    • Founder, BoatBuy Pty Ltd
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Kharkiv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Andersen

    Software Solutions to Transform your Business

    Verified

    “They have a strong grasp of what we want and are really engaged in the project.”

    • Founder, Startup
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    1,000 - 9,999
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Service focus
  • Red C London

    Mobile App Design and Development

    "...we have found their quality of delivery to be excellent and most impressive."

    • COO, Centtrip Limited
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    London, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • EMERGE

    High-value digital experiences for your customers.

    Verified

    “They offered a higher level of support compared to anyone else we’ve partnered with.”

    • Digital Marketing Director, Fisher Investments
    $100,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    Portland, OR
    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.