2020 Reviews

Top Mobile App Development Companies - 2020 Reviews

Last updated Sep 20, 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

  • Merixstudio

    Custom software development | web | mobile | UX/UI

    Verified

    "This has been a highly collaborative partnership throughout and the project has been delivered within budget."

    • Founder, Investment Management Firm
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Poznań, Poland
    Service focus
  • bromin7, Inc.

    We build data driven apps

    Verified

    "bromin7, Inc. has been able to read between the lines, figuring out what needs to be done to deliver good work."

    • Founder & CEO, Member.buzz
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    2 - 9
    New York, NY
    Service focus
  • Mind IT Systems

    Your Reliable Technical Partner

    Verified

    “I suspect that they have a strong management team that holds their developers to high standards.”

    • Director, Software Development Company
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Delhi, India
    Service focus
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  • Loadsys Solutions

    Award winning Web development company from Chicago

    Verified

    “The tools they’ve built for us have allowed us to grow quite a lot.”

    • Program Director, University
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Chicago, IL
    Service focus
  • Q agency

    Whatever the Q, We got the A.

    Verified

    "The team is ready to tackle anything."

    • Director, NXT Level Studio
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Service focus
  • ImpiCode

    Building web & mobile products

    Verified

    “They’re very good at what they do. We’re completely satisfied.”

    • IT Manager, Bank Nowy BFG S.A.
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Warsaw, Poland
    Service focus
  • Workin Geeks

    Moblie Apps with business & high-tech experience

    Verified

    "They exceeded our expectations of what is possible to achieve so we can’t think of any areas for improvement..."

    • CPO, Kinohod
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    2 - 9
    Moscow, Russia
    Service focus
  • MentorMate

    Offshore Custom Software Made Easy

    Verified

    "They have a great staffing model and were able to understand our issues."

    • CIO, Manufacturing Company
    $50,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    250 - 999
    Minneapolis, MN
    Service focus
  • Atolye15

    Top class outsource product development

    Verified

    "Atölye15 built up a successful team that handled everything well in our project and helped us a lot along the way."

    • CEO, Veri Yazilim (KERZZ)
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Izmir, Turkey
    Service focus
  • *Akveo

    Full-stack software experts for Custom Development

    Verified

    "We really appreciate their level of detail and the accountability they have demonstrated on the project."

    • Business Development Consultant, CWBI
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Lakewood, CO
    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
  • SDSol Technologies

    Applify your business, simplify your world!

    Verified

    "We’re all very happy with the quality of the product."

    • CEO, Real Estate Investment Company
    $10,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Miami, FL
    Service focus
  • Imaginary Cloud

    TOP SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS & UX/UI PROFESSIONALS

    Verified

    “This is the best work we’ve gotten from a provider so far, and we’ve worked with many over the years.”

    • CEO & Founder, Learninghubz
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    London, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • GBKSOFT

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    Verified

    "They are very responsive and thorough in their approach to each project."

    • Founder, App Startup
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • 20spokes

    Custom software to launch your idea

    Verified

    "I found the authenticity and knowledge of leadership to be very strong."

    • Founder, Blaze
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Chicago, IL
    Service focus
  • Codal

    UX Design and Development Agency

    Verified

    "We really enjoyed working with Codal on this project."

    • CTO, Digital Convenience Store
    $75,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    Chicago, IL
    Service focus
  • Parrolabs

    The Evolution Of Outsourcing!

    Verified

    “This is a mature project, and I have nothing but great things to say about their team performance.”

    • COO, Bespoke Blossoms
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Medellín, Colombia
    Service focus
  • Plank

    A creative agency for meaningful digital projects.

    Verified

    “They’re hands-on, open, and easy to talk to.”

    • Volunteer Coordinator, Nazareth Community
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Montreal, Canada
    Service focus
  • DCSL Software

    Award Winning Bespoke Software Development

    Verified

    “They come up with how to achieve my ideas, and in doing so, they challenge my logic. It’s a breath of fresh air.”

    • Managing Director, Consulting Engineering Practice
    $50,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    London, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • itexico

    NearshorePlus Software Teams

    Verified

    "The quality of their work has been fantastic."

    • CTO, Order My Gear
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Austin, TX
    Service focus
  • Tyrannosaurus Tech

    Savage App Development

    Verified

    "They also delivered on everything they promised, which is important for any business endeavor."

    • Principal, SBX Technologies
    $25,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Atlanta, GA
    Service focus
  • EMERGE

    High-value digital experiences. #1 UX Company 2020

    Verified

    “Everything that they do ties back to the user experience and how our work will influence that.”

    • Product Manager, Healthcare Organization
    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Portland, OR
    Service focus
  • DOOR3

    Independence is the difference.

    Verified

    "DOOR3 is adaptable enough to deliver quality experiences while keeping the bigger picture in mind."

    • Director of Product Management, Elsevier
    $25,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    New York, NY
    Service focus
  • Pernix Solutions

    We craft software that goes beyond Agile

    Verified

    “When we have issues, they address and resolve them quickly.”

    • IT Manager, Coupon Redemption Company
    $5,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    San Jose, Costa Rica
    Service focus
  • Clarika

    Agile Nearshore Software Development Services

    Verified

    "Clarika asked valuable questions about our expectations and the product."

    • COO, Calidad.ai
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Cordoba, Argentina
    Service focus
  • eTeam

    The innovator's engineering team

    Verified

    “We use Jira and have a dedicated Slack channel, email, and weekly calls with management.”

    • Development Manager, BlueSnap
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    San Francisco, CA
    Service focus
  • SoftwareHut

    SoftwareHut - Your Bespoke Development Company

    Verified

    "Their team and resources have generally been of high quality, with a great deal of personal commitment and pride."

    • CEO & Founder, Sonetel
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Bialystok, Poland
    Service focus
  • Camber Creative

    Bespoke Web & Mobile App Design/Development

    Verified

    "They seem as invested in our project as they were when we first began the project."

    • Founder, Go Vonder, LLC
    $5,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Orlando, FL
    Service focus
  • Pepper Square Inc.

    UI UX Design-Web&Mobile App Dev-Digital Marketing

    Verified

    "Their ability to visualize the problem and solution from multiple perspectives impressed us."

    • Senior Vice President, Opteamix
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    San Francisco, CA
    Service focus
  • Skookum

    Bring Your Digital Vision to Life

    Verified

    “They did everything well. That’s what differentiates them. Their engagement was all-encompassing.”

    • Director, Star Leasing Company
    $25,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    50 - 249
    Charlotte, NC
    Service focus
  • Classic Informatics

    The Digital Innovation Company

    Verified

    "Their ability to give solutions and actually be part of the process impressed us the most."

    • Managing Director, Typing Company
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Gurugram, India
    Service focus
  • OrangeLoops

    Your trusted software development partner.

    Verified

    “Their ability to follow through has been a hallmark of the relationship.”

    • Co-Founder, Fintech Company
    Undisclosed
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Boston, MA
    Service focus
  • Scio

    End-to-end Software Engineering

    Verified

    “Any time we had any feedback for their team, they took it seriously and always responded quickly to those concerns.”

    • CEO, Woven
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Austin, TX
    Service focus
  • L+R

    Strategy + Aesthetics

    Verified

    “Their problem-solving skills have helped us to deliver our content in ways that nobody has done before.”

    • Founder & CEO, Alexander
    $10,000+
    $200 - $300 / hr
    10 - 49
    Brooklyn, NY
    Service focus
  • Azul Arc

    Building Technology That Builds Businesses

    Verified

    "I see them as real partners as we build our platform and grow our business."

    • Co-Founder & CEO, Smart Studio Inc
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Atlanta, GA
    Service focus
  • Cultivate

    Marketing, meet mattering

    Verified

    "Their team made sure that the app felt immediately natural to an end user."

    • CEO, Early Autism Services
    $10,000+
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49
    Chicago, IL
    Service focus
  • Five2One

    We solve your biggest problems with great code

    Verified

    "We had near-instant access to every single member of the team who was related to our project."

    • Co-Founder & Group VP, Maoneng
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Sydney, Australia
    Service focus
  • Tivix

    Innovation Engineering

    Verified

    “The company has done extremely well in delivering every single one of the requirements.”

    • Maritime Service Owner, NATO
    $75,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    San Francisco, CA
    Service focus
  • 10Clouds

    Product Development For Startups & Enterprises

    Verified

    "10Clouds offered a great communication channel between us and the team."

    • Ph.D. Student, Cognitive Computation Group, University
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Warsaw, Poland
    Service focus
  • Intersog

    RIDING TECHNOLOGY'S WAVE

    Verified

    "They served as more than just the day-to-day account management. They were instrumental in brainstorming on the user..."

    • Director of Marketing Communications, Financial Services Firm
    $1,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Chicago, IL
    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.