2020 Reviews

Top Mobile App Development Companies - 2020 Reviews

Last updated Mar 29, 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

  • 14 Oranges Software

    Mobile App & Website Development Experts

    "Everyone at the company was friendly and eager to solve any problems or questions that came up."

    • Digital Content Specialist, Washington Education Association
    $5,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Richmond, Canada
    Service focus
  • Netizens

    Your potential, our technology

    "Although there were issues that we didn't foresee at the beginning, we could count on Netizens for support."

    • COO & Co-founder, Whisbear
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Katowice, Poland
    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
  • Core Mobile App Development

    Mobile App Development, SEO and Web Design

    “They built our site in just two weeks, which was incredible.”  

    • CEO, Kushly
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Orlando, FL
    Service focus
  • Design Center, Inc.

    We Make Ideas a Reality

    “Their focus on UX throughout the development process is what sets them apart.”

    • Secretary Treasurer, ExcheQ LLC
    $10,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Saint Paul, MN
    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
  • "The speed and quality of their work are impressive."

    • Founder, Resume Editing Company
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Jaipur, India
    Service focus
  • RootQuotient

    Your Partner In Digital Innovation

    “They provided us with a personalized experience.”

    • Marketing Coordinator, Prime Marketing
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Toronto, Canada
    Service focus
  • A.Y. Technologies

    Focused on helping entrepreneurs and startups

    “We lay out what needs to be done, then they work to complete those cards, and then we test them.”

    • Product Manager, Responsive Veterinary Resources
    $10,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Vancouver, Canada
    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
  • 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
  • DreamWalk

    More #1 charting apps than any other developer.

    “Their design is outstanding.”

    • CEO, Snackr
    $25,000+
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49
    Melbourne, Australia
    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
  • 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
  • Pairroxz Technologies

    A Place Where Code means Creativity

    Verified

    "The Pairroxz team was committed to our success."

    • Owner, Raadi.com
    $1,000+
    < $25 / hr
    2 - 9
    Jaipur, 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
  • Corporation Pop

    Deeply engaging interactive experiences

    "Their flexibility and professionalism stand out, along with the high quality of the end product."

    • Chief of Staff- Group Medical Director's Team, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Omega-R

    Mobile App Design and Development Services

    "Our solution, which Omega-R helped bring to life, has impressed a lot of people."

    • Technical Adviser, NuzuSys
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    New York, NY
    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
  • CMOLDS

    Molding Creativity

    “They were dedicated to even the tiniest details, and their code was very clean.”

    • Founder & CEO, 2ULearn
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    San Francisco, CA
    Service focus
  • DECODE HQ

    Mobile app partner for leading software companies

    "DECODE are one of our most trusted suppliers and we’re pleased to have them as a partner."

    • Director of Engineering, Telecommunications Company
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Zagreb, Croatia
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Chili Labs

    We make extraordinary 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
  • 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
  • Tapston

    Full Cycle Software Development Company

    Verified

    "I like their ability to output high-quality work with speed."

    • Executive Director, VFD Group Plc
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Minsk, Belarus
    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
  • Enozom Software

    Web & Mobile App Software Development

    "They were adaptable and flexible when I had suggestions or wanted to make changes."

    • CTO, Faith-Based Nonprofit Organization
    $10,000+
    < $25 / hr
    10 - 49
    Alexandria, Egypt
    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
  • GeekyAnts

    Mobile and Web Development Experts

    "There was total efficiency within the project."

    • Former Business Analyst, Quality Entregas
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Bangalore, India
    Service focus
  • Apzumi

    Designing ideas, delivering software

    “Everyone at Apzumi was always available and communicated really clearly at all times.”

    • CEO, SkillPower
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Poznań, Poland
    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
  • CodeIT

    CodeIT because we know how!

    "CodeIT delivers reliable, good quality products."

    • CEO, Nordiq GmBH
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Kharkiv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • MLSDev

    Attention! You've already found a company you need

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

    • VP of Engineering, Takeout Central
    $75,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    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
  • 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
  • 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
    Warsaw, Poland
    Service focus
  • DOIT Software

    Mobile Apps & Web Solutions. Staffing. R&D office

    "The developers continue to provide for our needs which has been critical to the ongoing success of the projects."

    • VP of Software Dev, IoT & Cloud Services Company
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Boston, MA
    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.