2020 Reviews

Top Mobile App Development Companies - 2020 Reviews

Last updated Aug 3, 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

  • Helium

    Your guide for the software development journey

    Verified

    "Their willingness to work with us and be nimble when there were schedule or personnel changes set them apart."

    • Director, Brill Inc.
    $25,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Atlanta, GA
    Service focus
  • idea box

    10+ Years in Business & 100+ Projects Delivered

    Verified

    "Their team members are technically competent."

    • Director, Phone A Vet
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    2 - 9
    Melbourne, Australia
    Service focus
  • Rave Digital

    HELPING BUSINESSES IN THEIR BOTTOM LINE!

    Verified

    "Everyone we spoke to was very organized and knew what they were doing."

    • Digital Marketing Specialist, Echo Engineering
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    250 - 999
    Coral Springs, FL
    Service focus
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  • Cuttlesoft

    A creative product development agency.

    Verified

    "Cuttlesoft’s level of communication set them apart for me."

    • Co-Founder, Hunt a Killer
    $25,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Denver, CO
    Service focus
  • ROCKETECH

    Agile Consulting & Complex Software Development

    Verified

    "High level of technical skills and knowledge."

    • Employee, BI Property
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Singapore, Singapore
    Service focus
  • Groove Jones

    Award-winning XR / AR / VR / MR solutions

    Verified

    "Groove Jones literally invented a brand new system in the middle of this project."

    • CEO, Thinkbank
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Dallas, TX
    Service focus
  • Intent

    We master the intersection of physical and digital

    Verified

    “On the engineering side, they’ve been very quick and have delivered ahead of their deadlines.”

    • Founder & CEO, Lover
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Warsaw, Poland
    Service focus
  • RubyGarage

    Reliable Technical Partner for Your Business

    Verified

    "I felt that their team invested so much in our product."

    • CEO, Bookapitch
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Dnipro, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Fingent

    Award Winning Enterprise Software, Web & Mobile

    Verified

    "Their responsiveness and interest in helping us are impressive."

    • Regional Coordinator, Marine Wildlife Sanctuary
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    White Plains, NY
    Service focus
  • Appello Software

    Leading Software Developers

    Verified

    "They were very human, easy to talk to, and never overcomplicate things for the client."

    • Gym Owner and PT, F45 Gym
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Sydney, Australia
    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
  • Exoft

    Custom Software House | Web and Mobile Development

    Verified

    "Working together on a project couldn't have been better."

    • Member of Board, Dukart Engineering & Production
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    L'viv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Bixlabs

    Better apps, together

    Verified

    "They are very talented and skilled developers that had friendly and fun personalities."

    • CEO, Reachify
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Montevideo, Uruguay
    Service focus
  • Blue Label Labs

    Strategy, design & development of digital products

    Verified

    "I’ve been so happy with them that I plan to take advantage of their other services in the future."

    • Founder, Health Care Companion Application
    $75,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    New York, NY
    Service focus
  • Techtic Solutions Inc

    Hire Developers Starting at $2400/Mo

    Verified

    "Project management was very impressive."

    • CEO, The HR Zone
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    New York, NY
    Service focus
  • Shout Digital

    Digital Software and Experience Agency

    Verified

    “It really felt they were an integrated part of our team.”

    • CTO, Membership Organization
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Appetizer Mobile

    The premier mobile digital agency based in NYC

    Verified

    "I liked the creativity that they added to my initial project."

    • Creator, Fill Your Soul With Love
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    New York, NY
    Service focus
  • AIVIA Inc.

    Let’s Make an App for That

    Verified

    "They were so accessible at every stage and easy to work with."

    • Former Assistant Sales & Marketing Manager, ReidBuilt Homes
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    2 - 9
    Edmonton, Canada
    Service focus
  • Rocket Insights

    Mobile, Voice & Web Apps

    Verified

    "In addition to their obvious technical expertise, they care about the work."

    • Director, Product Management & User Experience, INVIDI
    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    Boston, MA
    Service focus
  • Matellio

    Mobile & Web Apps Development Company

    Verified

    “It’s been a fantastic relationship, and we’re going to continue using them for all of our projects going forward.”

    • Executive, Legal Form Service Provider
    $10,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    San Jose, CA
    Service focus
  • Menlo Technologies

    Cloud, web, mobile and enterprise application dev.

    Verified

    “Their communication was refreshing.

    • Business Analyst, Atech Logistics
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Los Altos, CA
    Service focus
  • AXAT Technologies PVT LTD

    Web & Mobile App Development, Digital Marketing

    Verified

    "AXAT Technologies team is very good at communicating, and they ... can achieve any kind of complex feature."

    • Founder, Advisory Consulting Firm
    $1,000+
    < $25 / hr
    10 - 49
    Mumbai, India
    Service focus
  • CodesOrbit

    Where Code never lies

    Verified

    "They are dedicated to being the best in their field and it shows."

    • Adminstrations Manager, Phone Skope
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Islamabad, Pakistan
    Service focus
  • Digiruu

    Creating Apps for Startups and Businesses 📲💨

    Verified

    "The customer service, quality of the work, and pricing set them apart."

    • CEO & Founder, Apptuitive
    $5,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    2 - 9
    London, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Slingshot

    For Big Kids and Daredevils

    Verified

    "Their team was professional and excellent to work with."

    • Chief Technical Architect, Entertainment Company
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Louisville, KY
    Service focus
  • Software Station

    Mobile native, Hybrid development / Swift, Flutter

    Verified

    "Their estimate and time management services were excellent."

    • COO & Co-Owner, Development Firm
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Kharkiv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Danavero Inc.

    Custom Software, Web and Mobile App Development

    Verified

    “Danavero Inc. did a really good job in a really quick turnaround. I’m definitely going to be working with them again.”

    • CEO, Trade Route
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Toronto, Canada
    Service focus
  • MobiDev

    Mobile&Web. Machine learning. IoT. AR.

    Verified

    "Their robust execution of business analysis and sprint execution was the most impressive..."

    • Software Manager, Photocentric Ltd.
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Atlanta, GA
    Service focus
  • Elko

    App development done right with our App Builder

    Verified

    "Management effectively communicated when needed and did not ever waste our time!"

    • Founder, Simply Next Level
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Minneapolis, MN
    Service focus
  • Developex

    Skilled professionals for important projects

    Verified

    "They've cultivated a lifelong relationship with myself and my company."

    • CEO, Arkade, inc.
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • AppUnite

    Cutting Edge Mobile and Web Solutions

    Verified

    “I needed smart people who cared about what we were doing, and they delivered.”

    • CTO, Halftone Design
    Undisclosed
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Poznan, Poland
    Service focus
  • Codesmith Development

    On time and on budget

    Verified

    "Codesmith Development gets work done well."

    • Founder/CEO, Casetracks
    $10,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Atlanta, GA
    Service focus
  • N7 Mobile

    Google Developers Agency & IBM Business Partner

    Verified

    "They constantly adjust to produce the best high-quality software to meet our needs."

    • Mobile Services & Applications Manager, P4 Sp. z o.o.
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Warsaw, Poland
    Service focus
  • NEXT/NOW

    Digital Experiences: VR/AR/MR/Mobile Applications

    Verified

    “As long as they had enough time and there are no crazy curveballs, there were no issues with deadlines.”

    • Director of Digital, Shiraz Creative
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Chicago, IL
    Service focus
  • Raccoopack Media

    Games, Gamification, and App Development

    Verified

    "We’ve been extremely happy with the quality of work they’ve provided."

    • Studio Director, International Digital Education Access
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    2 - 9
    Burnaby, Canada
    Service focus
  • Achievion Solutions

    Intelligent mobile and web solutions powered by AI

    Verified

    "Achievon Solutions is a phenomenal company and we are so pleased with their work."

    • CEO, Tülbelt
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    McLean, VA
    Service focus
  • Skelia

    We extend your enterprise

    Verified

    "Skelia’s communication is fluid, making our discussions easier and more efficient."

    • R&D Director, Televic
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Lviv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Kultprosvet

    Web & Mobile development agency with happy clients

    Verified

    “They provide an all-in-one package; I’m highly satisfied with them.”

    • CEO, Real Estate Software Company
    $1,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Dnipro, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Cleveroad

    Web and Mobile apps, Machine Learning, IoT

    Verified

    "Any questions I had were always answered very quickly."

    • Owner, Eydeer Solutions Corp.
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Dnipro, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • JetRuby Agency

    MVP DEVELOPMENT, iOS & ANDROID, IoT, HEALTHCARE

    Verified

    "Their team provides notes and questions our ideas to make our products better."

    • CTO, NameCoach
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Lviv, Ukraine
    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.