2020 Reviews

Top Mobile App Development Companies - 2020 Reviews

Last updated Nov 26, 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

  • 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
  • Jackrabbit Mobile

    Industry leaders in digital experiences

    Verified

    “Their obvious mutual respect translates to a very seamless experience for the client, which I really appreciated.”

    • Founder and Executive Director, Half Helen Foundation
    $10,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Austin, TX
    Service focus
  • 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
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  • Yugasa Software Labs

    Developing Big for Everyone

    Verified

    "Their ability to understand the client's business needs is impressive."

    • Owner and Chairman, Neeraj Caterers And Decorators
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    10 - 49
    Gurgaon, India
    Service focus
  • Bixlabs

    Better apps, together

    Verified

    "They do a good job of communicating."

    • Owner, App Dev Company
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Montevideo, Uruguay
    Service focus
  • Light IT

    Deep tech expertise for Startups and Enterprises

    Verified

    "Their dedication and quality stood out to us."

    • Director, Global Operations, Major Pharmaceutical Company
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Mawla

    Award Winning Mobile Apps & Websites

    Verified

    "We are delighted with how it went and we would have no hesitation in recommending Mawla for future projects."

    • Marketing & Community Manager, Hearing Solutions Firm
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    2 - 9
    Dublin, Ireland
    Service focus
  • Andersen

    Software Solutions to Transform your Business

    Verified

    "The level of planning in the organization is excellent."

    • Senior Consultant, Project PRACTICE Group
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    1,000 - 9,999
    New York City, NY
    Service focus
  • Techtic Solutions Inc

    Hire Developers Starting at $3200/Mo

    Verified

    "The communication was amazing and that's what we like the most."

    • Founder, Marketing Solutions Company
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    New York, NY
    Service focus
  • Exoft

    Custom Software House | Web and Mobile Development

    Verified

    “They’re committed to our success and the mutual success of this relationship.”

    • VP of Product, Performance Tracking AI Platform
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    L'viv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Specno

    We bring ideas to life - World class angular devs

    Verified

    "There aren't any areas for improvement."

    • Director, iHempi
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Cape Town City Centre, South Africa
    Service focus
  • XOOR Inc.

    Web & Mobile Apps Development

    Verified

    "Great team to work with."

    • CEO, Bitwave
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Mar del Plata, Argentina
    Service focus
  • “Michigan Software Labs just stood above and beyond everybody else we interviewed.”

    • VP, ATBS
    $25,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Ada, MI
    Service focus
  • 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
  • Orases

    Custom software to reach your vision.

    Verified

    "The team has been great at keeping us up to date on new technologies and advancements."

    • Executive Director, NFL Foundation
    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Frederick, MD
    Service focus
  • Centogram

    Enterprise Mobile App Development in Cincinnati

    Verified

    "The team met every single deadline or exceeded it."

    • Director of Technology, Ursuline Academy
    $10,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    2 - 9
    Cincinnati, OH
    Service focus
  • Vog App Developers

    We Build More Than Apps, We Build Businesses

    Verified

    “Their team had a great system for laying out the scope and schedule.”

    • Founder, Trash Removal Startup
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    Calgary, Canada
    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
  • Fingent

    Award Winning Enterprise Software, Web & Mobile

    Verified

    "I like the quality of their deliverables, the timeliness with which they deliver, and the budget."

    • Co-Founder & CTO, Chemical Safety Software Developer
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    White Plains, NY
    Service focus
  • Naked.

    Creative Development Agency

    Verified

    "The way the team communicates is really great, and they understand what they're doing."

    • Co-Founder, Mentally Fit
    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Irvine, CA
    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
  • 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
  • Groove Jones

    Award-winning Web, XR, AR, VR & digital solutions

    Verified

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

    • CEO, Thinkbank
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Dallas, TX
    Service focus
  • BrancoSoft

    BrancoSoft- Mobile App Development Agency

    Verified

    "They can think outside the box and easily coordinate with our team, which was awesome."

    • Strategy Director, Software Company
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    New Delhi, India
    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
  • Simform

    Extended team that is part of your team

    Verified

    "I felt very comfortable with our relationship — they were really easy to work with."

    • Founder, BingeWorthy
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Orlando, FL
    Service focus
  • Crest Coder

    A Digital Agency with Creative Minds

    Verified

    "The dedication of CrestCoder team was very impressive."

    • Director, Circadian Limited
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    10 - 49
    Ahmedabad, India
    Service focus
  • DigiGround

    Sydney Mobile Application Development Company

    Verified

    "This has resulted in higher booking numbers."

    • Marketing Coordinator, College of Complementary Medicine
    $5,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Sydney, Australia
    Service focus
  • Robosoft Technologies

    Simplifying lives through digital experiences

    Verified

    “We’ve been thrilled to have Robosoft as a partner. They’ve been understanding and very patient.”

    • Head of Technology, Room to Read
    $50,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    250 - 999
    San Francisco, CA
    Service focus
  • ThinkUp

    We build apps that transform businesses

    Verified

    "The professional team left me very satisfied, they are young people with a lot of desire to grow."

    • IT Director, FERRERE
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Montevideo, Uruguay
    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
  • RebelDot

    End-to-End Web and Mobile Application Development

    Verified

    “They’re definitely someone you would want to work with. They’ve been the best company I’ve worked with.”

    • Co-Founder & CEO, Eventmix
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    Service focus
  • Ingenia Agency

    We Design Amazing Apps & Program Beautiful Code.

    Verified

    "The service and attention to the project were both great."

    • CEO, Plot
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Mexico City, Mexico
    Service focus
  • Kultprosvet

    Web & Mobile development agency with happy clients

    Verified

    “Their communication and transparency are clearly strengths.”

    • CEO, E-tell
    $1,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Dnipro, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Yellow

    Awesome web and mobile products for your business

    Verified

    “They’ve bailed us out when the expertise and skills required for a project have been outside of our wheelhouse.”

    • VP of Engineering, App Development Firm
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Minsk, Belarus
    Service focus
  • Raccoopack Media

    Games, Gamification, and App Development

    Verified

    "Raccoopack Media excels at artwork and animation."

    • Program Coordinator, Invasive Species Council of BC
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    2 - 9
    Burnaby, Canada
    Service focus
  • Workin Geeks

    Moblie Apps with business & high-tech experience

    Verified

    “They have a very dedicated team of developers who were very easy to work with.”

    • CPO Digital Innovations, Alfa Bank
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    2 - 9
    Moscow, Russia
    Service focus
  • LaunchPad Lab

    Build Your Company’s Future

    Verified

    "Their ability to understand a problem and accurately measure how long they think it will take is great."

    • VP, Apex Leaders
    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Chicago, IL
    Service focus
  • Wildebeest

    We deliver products to exceed expectations

    Verified

    The ability to create a website that looks beautiful, and is interactive with the community...was impressive.

    • Deputy Director, Bread Head
    $75,000+
    $200 - $300 / hr
    2 - 9
    Marina Del Rey, CA
    Service focus
  • Ingenious App Studios

    Apps built for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs

    Verified

    "We were impressed by the speed and quality of their work."

    • Director, Africa Discount Card
    $1,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    2 - 9
    London, 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.