2020 Reviews

Top Mobile App Development Companies - 2020 Reviews

Last updated May 28, 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

  • ARCH

    Global Website & App agency based in the UK

    Verified

    “During the project, they kept to their timelines. If they couldn’t meet a deadline, they let us know in advance.”

    • Founder, Golf Training App
    $10,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    2 - 9
    Gateshead, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Intetics Inc

    Where Software Concepts Come Alive

    Verified

    “Their quality work and ability to deliver on time have been key to their success.”

    • Company Director, Computer Software Company for Business Management
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Naples, FL
    Service focus
  • Neurony

    Develop Serenity

    Verified

    "We have a higher standard partly due to Neurony."

    • CEO, NodeVPN OÜ
    $5,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Bucharest, Romania
    Service focus
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  • Ripe Media

    Your marketing, branding, design and dev partner

    Verified

    “When they commit to a deadline, I can trust that they’ll deliver on time.”

    • Director of Marketing & Communications, iMentor
    $10,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    2 - 9
    Los Angeles, CA
    Service focus
  • Branded

    We Make Digital Experiences

    Verified

    "Branded has a unique workflow that helps startups achieve success."

    • CEO, GT WORK
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    2 - 9
    Tel Aviv, Israel
    Service focus
  • Troy Web Consulting

    We build kick-ass software

    Verified

    "They go above and beyond and point out any potential pitfalls from a project management and software standpoint."

    • Consultant, Environmental Non-Profit
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Troy, NY
    Service focus
  • S-PRO

    Strategic partner.

    Verified

    "They are able to make their own appropriate judgement calls on tradeoffs to give us a great initial solution quickly."

    • Technical Lead, Zymergen, Inc
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • TeaCode.io

    Custom software development for Web & Mobile

    Verified

    “They don’t sit around waiting for instructions, they’re always pushing ahead.”

    • Executive, Marketing Automation Software
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Warsaw, Poland
    Service focus
  • Codilar Technologies

    Built Magento site that makes $10+ million a year

    Verified

    "Their communication and understanding were incredible."

    • CTO, Eatfresh
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Bengaluru, India
    Service focus
  • DataRoot Labs

    R&D teams for AI-Based Startups

    Verified

    "They communicated well and had a commendable work ethic."

    • Founder and CEO, Automotive Reliability Platform
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Kiev, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • JET BI

    Salesforce - Marketing Cloud - SAP BI - SAP Cloud

    Verified

    "We highly appreciate the expertise of the vendor and their involvement in the project."

    • Fundraising Coordinator, Belarus Red Cross
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Minsk, Belarus
    Service focus
  • Synergo Group

    Web and Mobile App Development Company in Toronto

    Verified

    "Despite distance and time differences, everyone at Synergo Group has made themselves available whenever we need them."

    • Co-Founders, Danner Time LLC
    $5,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Toronto, Canada
    Service focus
  • Sparkfish

    Custom Software, Mobile, & Web App Development

    Verified

    "They go to great lengths to find solutions to issues even if the solution is outside of their comfort zone."

    • Director of Research, Bank Compensation Consulting
    $10,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Addison, TX
    Service focus
  • Neon Rain Interactive

    Experienced web developers. Big results.

    Verified

    "They don’t just provide websites, they provide solutions."

    • CFO, Sticker Mountain
    $5,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Denver, CO
    Service focus
  • KeenEthics

    Code for business, care for the world.

    Verified

    "The most valuable thing about KeenEthics is their attitude, both to partners and to employees."

    • Director of Production, StoryTerrace
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Lviv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • AirDev

    Build better software

    Verified

    "Their strength is in not being just developers, but truly being partners throughout the entire process."

    • Founder, Farm Lease Pro
    $5,000+
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49
    San Francisco, CA
    Service focus
  • NaNLABS

    We craft digital products

    Verified

    "They had very well-organized project management with enjoyable communication and task-oriented planning."

    • CEO & Co-Founder, Propersum
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    La Plata, Argentina
    Service focus
  • ZeBrains

    Cutting-edge Custom Software Development

    Verified

    "ZeBrains proved their ability to develop high-quality solutions."

    • PM, MALLTECH
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Moscow, Russia
    Service focus
  • Itexus

    FinTech Development: BANKING, PAYMENTS, INSURANCE

    Verified

    “They had really good technical expertise and could deliver in a short amount of time.”

    • CEO, Goose Gaming, LLC
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Miami Beach, FL
    Service focus
  • Ragnarson

    Ruby on Rails experts building products, not apps

    Verified

    "However, the huge personal engagement in that project is something that really blew us away."

    • Co-Founder & CPO, HeyJobs GmbH
    $5,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Lodz, Poland
    Service focus
  • Ivejas

    Web and mobile solutions for growing businesses!

    Verified

    “They have significantly contributed to making the product better.”

    • CEO, Subscription Software Services Firm
    $1,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Vilnius, Lithuania
    Service focus
  • Fulcrum

    Web & Mobile Development Company

    Verified

    "Their communication skills and the processes they have in place are incredibly well suited to startups."

    • CEO & Co-Founder, Hyfa Ltd
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Develtio

    Top IT talent, Fast delivery

    Verified

    "They have great designs and client service."

    • CEO, Ubi Leones
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Warszawa, Poland
    Service focus
  • Smart Thinking

    Nearshore outsourcing & Staff augmentation

    Verified

    "Their ability to understand our needs and propose very innovative solutions was great."

    • CEO, CX Software Solutions
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Mexico City, Mexico
    Service focus
  • Kinetech Cloud

    Transforming Potential into Performance

    Verified

    "Kinetech Cloud is outstanding."

    • Product Manager, Real Estate Company
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    San Antonio, TX
    Service focus
  • 3Brain Technologies

    React Native | NodeJS | React JS development

    Verified

    “They were willing to let me work with them onsite.”

    • President, App Dev Company
    $1,000+
    < $25 / hr
    2 - 9
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    Service focus
  • AppDrawn Software Development

    Bespoke Software Development • Expert Advice

    Verified

    "He provided helpful guidance throughout, challenged our thinking, showed genuine curiosity in the wider business..."

    • Founder, Athletic Startup
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Watford, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Softedge Technologies

    High-quality software solutions at reasonable cost

    Verified

    "They’re honest about what’s in our best interest."

    • Founder & CEO, Accomplish
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Montevideo, Uruguay
    Service focus
  • Alluxi

    Web & Mobile applications development

    Verified

    "Their openness and flexibility to feedback and requests stood out."

    • Sales Director, zequenze
    $5,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    2 - 9
    Monterrey, Mexico
    Service focus
  • DePalma Studios

    Building Applications People Love to Use! - 8 yrs.

    Verified

    "The team was very communicative, keeping me abreast of what was going on and any changes they made."

    • CEO & Founder, Payment Platform Startup
    $10,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Nashville, TN
    Service focus
  • Weil & Jones

    Our experience will contribute to your success.

    Verified

    "Questions were almost immediately answered, and concerns were quickly addressed."

    • Senior Digital Marketing Executive, MADDCity.Live, LLC
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    2 - 9
    New York, NY
    Service focus
  • Enkonix

    Full-cycle software development company

    Verified

    “Their team went out of their way to provide extra features that I didn’t think of.”

    • Owner, de Linkbuilder
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Naarden, Netherlands
    Service focus
  • Lightmatter

    Digital Product Company

    Verified

    "They were incredibly easy to work with."

    • CEO, Cadence
    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    New York, NY
    Service focus
  • Devision

    Custom Software, Web and IoT Development

    Verified

    "They have very fast communication."

    • Digital Marketing Manager, FPI Hotels & Resorts
    $50,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Sofia, Bulgaria
    Service focus
  • SumatoSoft

    Reveal Your Business Potential

    Verified

    “The quality is second to none.”

    • Program Manager, TL Nika
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Boston, MA
    Service focus
  • iRonin.IT

    Software Development & Team Extension

    Verified

    "They make great suggestions in terms of simplifying features or finding better ways to solve problems."

    • Founder & CMO, XbyX - Women in Balance
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Warsaw, Poland
    Service focus
  • Baytech Consulting

    TRANSLATING YOUR VISION INTO SOFTWARE

    Verified

    “Baytech Consulting is significantly more focused than anyone else I’ve worked with.”

    • Vice President, Financial Service Company
    $10,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Irvine, CA
    Service focus
  • NCCPLUS VIETNAM

    Software outsourcing service

    Verified

    "The project has been running with agile, and I think that has been good for the team."

    • Individual, Self-Employed
    $10,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Hanoi, Vietnam
    Service focus
  • Frontkom

    Your partner in digital transformation.

    Verified

    "The team really wanted to understand our needs and that showed."

    • CEO, Mode360
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Warsaw, Poland
    Service focus
  • Bonsai Media Group

    Unlocking the potential of the digital world

    Verified

    "Bonsai Media is a class act. They are consummate professionals and go above and beyond."

    • Marketing, Northwest Laborers-Employers Training Trust
    $25,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Seattle, WA
    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.