2020 Reviews

Top Mobile App Development Companies - 2020 Reviews

Last updated Nov 27, 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

  • Parrolabs

    The Evolution Of Outsourcing!

    Verified

    "Their team listens to our priorities and then works hard to keep us satisfied."

    • Dir. of Development & Teach Support, World English Institute
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Medellín, Colombia
    Service focus
  • Deligence Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

    providing growth and empathy to our clients

    Verified

    "We were impressed with their willingness to assist and their timely delivery."

    • Managing Director, Affilica International
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    10 - 49
    New Delhi, India
    Service focus
  • ImpiCode

    Building web & mobile products

    Verified

    "Their ability to overcome all kinds of obstacles impressed us. In short, we had a good partner and an..."

    • Co-Owner, eMKa Project
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Warsaw, Poland
    Service focus
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  • 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
  • SoftwareHut

    SoftwareHut - Your Bespoke Development Company

    Verified

    "SoftwareHut hires a wide range of specialists experienced in different technologies."

    • Business Director, Zonifero
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Bialystok, Poland
    Service focus
  • EMERGE

    High-value digital experiences. #1 UX Company 2020

    Verified

    "I loved the way EMERGE facilitated our workflow meetings because they enabled my employees to answer honestly."

    • CEO, Viridian Wood
    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Portland, OR
    Service focus
  • Sphere Partners

    We're passionate about building great software

    Verified

    "They were attentive and took the time to understand our business first."

    • CFO, iCanvas
    $10,000+
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249
    Northbrook, 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
  • Devetry

    Simplifying the complex world of software

    Verified

    “They’re professional and build strong relationships that make us feel like a unified team.”

    • Sr. Director of Implementation, Arizona State University
    $50,000+
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49
    Denver, CO
    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
  • 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
  • Diceus

    We guarantee delivery on time, on budget, on scope

    Verified

    "They did their job as a software house. They are reliable partners."

    • Founder, UI & UX Design Company
    $50,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Frogslayer

    Custom Software & Digital Innovation

    Verified

    "Frogslayer has the depth of experience to solve complex software problems."

    • President, Wholesale Logistics Company
    $25,000+
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249
    College Station, TX
    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
    $50,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    San Francisco, CA
    Service focus
  • Softeq

    One-stop shop for firmware, devices, apps, cloud.

    Verified

    "They were very committed."

    • Software Development Manager, Major Electronics Corporation
    $50,000+
    Undisclosed
    250 - 999
    Houston, TX
    Service focus
  • Dreamztech Solutions

    Software Development Partner For Your Business

    Verified

    "I can’t speak highly enough about Dreamztech."

    • Owner, IEST Ltd.
    $10,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Tempe, AZ
    Service focus
  • 10Clouds

    Product Development For Startups & Enterprises

    Verified

    “Every time we present a new request or throw a new idea at them, they rise to the challenge.”

    • CTO, Video Production Company
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Warsaw, Poland
    Service focus
  • Techuz

    Delivering Promises

    Verified

    “They respond well to feedback and make changes to ensure you get exactly what you want.”

    • Founder, Collectible Trading Cards Company
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    10 - 49
    Ahmedabad, India
    Service focus
  • EL Passion

    Custom Software Development

    Verified

    “They see the bigger picture and really want the solution to succeed.”

    • Founder & CEO, Startup Job Board
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Warsaw, Poland
    Service focus
  • Deventure

    Infinitely Better

    Verified

    "They really wanted to make a product that not only they were very proud of but that I was also extremely happy with."

    • CEO & Founder, Impact Gumshields
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Dublin, Ireland
    Service focus
  • Emirates Graphic

    Award-winning Digital Agency

    Verified

    “It’s very convenient for us and it’s easy to work with them.”

    • Manager, Business Listing Platform
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    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
  • TatvaSoft

    Custom Web and Mobile development organization

    Verified

    "There wasn't any case they couldn’t provide a solution for."

    • CEO, IT company
    $10,000+
    < $25 / hr
    250 - 999
    Ahmedabad, India
    Service focus
  • Powercode

    Power to the People

    Verified

    "Powercode surprised us with their speed at bringing really talented people to help us out."

    • CTO, Engineering & Design Firm
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Susco Solutions

    Solve Together | Developing Intuitive Software

    Verified

    "Feedback was open and fluid, and they finished everything way ahead of schedule."

    • Org. Dev. Specialist, J Hospitality & Development
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Metairie, LA
    Service focus
  • AE Studio

    We Build Great Technology Products.

    Verified

    “Their attention to detail is superb.”

    • Chief Architect, Entertainment Partners
    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Los Angeles, CA
    Service focus
  • Tooploox

    We Build Digital Products For Your Success

    Verified

    "We don’t feel like Tooploox is a vendor and we’re a client: we feel like partners working toward a common goal."

    • VP Engineering, Telehealth Company
    $50,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Wrocław, Poland
    Service focus
  • MintyMint

    Custom Software Development for startups and SME's

    Verified

    "They deliver on time, understand requirements, and have a solid design approach."

    • Founder, Bankiom
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Chetu, Inc.

    World Class Custom Software Solutions

    Verified

    "The pace at which the team works is incredible."

    • Director of Software Development, Retail Solutions Company
    $10,000+
    Undisclosed
    1,000 - 9,999
    Plantation, FL
    Service focus
  • Black Pepper Software Ltd.

    your software, your way.

    Verified

    "They’ve been professional and focused on a successful outcome."

    • Head of Analytics, Asset Management Company
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Future Platforms

    We design and engineer the businesses of tomorrow

    Verified

    “They have a strong team with very practical people who try and think outside the box.”

    • Digital Coordination Manager, First Group Holdings Limited
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    London, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • eTeam

    The innovator's engineering team

    Verified

    “We use Jira, a Slack channel, email, and weekly calls with management to maintain communication.”

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

    Making Sense of App Development

    Verified

    “It’s been an amazing engagement, they’re phenomenal at what they do.”

    • Owner, The Branded Agent
    Undisclosed
    $100 - $149 / hr
    2 - 9
    Minneapolis, MN
    Service focus
  • Simply Technologies

    Win the talent war with us

    Verified

    "The team was extremely professional, skilled, and effective."

    • CEO and Founder, Venue Prediction App
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Yerevan, Armenia
    Service focus
  • HQSoftware

    IoT, AI, AR, VR, and custom software development

    Verified

    "Great attitude."

    • CEO, Performance Analytics
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Tallinn, Estonia
    Service focus
  • C7 Creative

    Let's Make Something Great.

    Verified

    “I knew if I handed any project to them that it’d come back at a high quality.” 

    • Owner, The Media Leader
    $1,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Jacksonville, FL
    Service focus
  • Sophilabs

    We design, develop, and support web & mobile apps.

    Verified

    “They’ve been a very professional and diligent partner.”

    • Director of Product, Moneythink
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Brooklyn, NY
    Service focus
  • Perpetual

    Build your vision with us

    Verified

    "Perpetual did a good job of making it a seamless experience."

    • Former Head of Product, Books That Grow
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    New York, NY
    Service focus
  • Topflight Apps

    We strategize, design and develop innovative apps

    Verified

    "Everyone on their team is high-quality."

    • Owner, Addiction Recovery Company
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    2 - 9
    Irvine, CA
    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.