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Top Mobile App Development Companies - 2020 Reviews

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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

  • Clover Studio

    Developing products to skyrocket your business!

    Verified

    "They’re constantly working to find ways to improve and make our product better."

    • CEO, Social Platform
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Service focus
  • Appventurez

    Leading Mobile and Web App Development Company

    Verified

    "They work harder than any other company I have known in my 20 years' experience in the IT sector."

    • Product Manager, Restaurant Discount App
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Noida, India
    Service focus
  • Xmartlabs

    Technical expertise for great products

    Verified

    “When it comes to quality, they’re amazing; they don’t compromise or take shortcuts.”

    • CTO & Co-Founder, Photo Printing Solution Company
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Montevideo, Uruguay
    Service focus
  • Cruxlab, Inc.

    Building digital experiences. For Mobile and Web.

    Verified

    "They stepped up to the plate and managed everything very well."

    • Founder & CEO, SOHL
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Los Angeles, CA
    Service focus
  • Mutual Mobile

    End-to-end app development, strategy, and design.

    Verified

    “I really enjoy working with everyone on their team—they’re very bright, kind, and respectful.”

    • Product Manager, Civil Construction Reporting Service
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Austin, TX
    Service focus
  • 648 Group

    Premium Mobile and Web Applications

    Verified

    "648 Group gave us the ability to be more adaptable as the year goes on."

    • DIrector of Technology, Compass Bible Church
    $5,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Aliso Viejo, CA
    Service focus
  • Steelkiwi

    Software development services with a high standard

    Verified

    "The thing that impressed us the most is the level of their involvement in the project."

    • Project Manager, Uhsome
    $25,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Odessa, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Softensy

    Your trusted partner to the digital future!

    Verified

    “Softensy stuck to the schedule across all tasks and ensured that we remained within our cost limits.”

    • Head of Alternative Sales, Ecobank
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Dnipro, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Orangesoft

    We build mobile & web apps that people love

    Verified

    “Orangesoft is client-centered.”

    • Co-Founder & CEO, IT Company
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    50 - 249
    Brest, Belarus
    Service focus
  • Factorial Complexity

    Polished Mobile Development and UI/UX Design

    Verified

    "The quality and structure of their code are impressive."

    • CEO, Healthcare App Developer
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Kharkiv, Ukraine
    Service focus
  • Nimble AppGenie

    DEVELOPING APPS THAT ATTRACT MILLIONS OF USERS

    Verified

    "Every step of the project, I was comfortable that they had everything under control."

    • CEO, Wade Property
    $50,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    London, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Copper Mobile

    Apps That Make Business Sense

    "Their UI designs were noteworthy, but their user journey work was outstanding."

    • Head of Design, Apparel Firm
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    Dallas, TX
    Service focus
  • Zipper Studios

    Mobile development agency with a Product mindset

    Verified

    "Zipper Studios is always incredibly reactive and responsive, so our collaboration has been a positive experience."

    • CMO &. CTO, Codex
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    Service focus
  • Celadon Wolves

    Fast & Confident Development | Web | Mobile | SaaS

    “They were adaptable to changes.”

    • CTO, M2 Innovation
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Minsk, Belarus
    Service focus
  • Factory

    Design and development of mobile/web applications

    Verified

    “It was a perfect fit for us.”

    • Account Manager, Kala Presence
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    10 - 49
    Osijek, Croatia
    Service focus
  • Ars Futura

    Design-driven agency building mobile and web apps.

    Verified

    "They have great values as a business and are willing to go above and beyond to provide useful service and partnership."

    • CEO, Community Engagement Platform
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Service focus
  • Buuuk

    Designing and developing digital experiences

    Verified

    “They have a flexible approach to the work and their style complements ours very well.”

    • Manager, Daimler
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Singapore, Singapore
    Service focus
  • Lithios

    Mobile and Web Apps Developed Right the First Time

    Verified

    "They’re on top of everything."

    • Founder & CEO, TraKid
    $10,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Raleigh, NC
    Service focus
  • Softnauts

    Building world class digital products

    Verified

    "The Softnauts have so many employees that the necessary expertise can be found everywhere."

    • Co-Founder, Qlinker
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    2 - 9
    Kraków, Poland
    Service focus
  • Infinite Red, Inc.

    Designing, Building & Shipping Apps for 10+ Years

    Verified

    "They’re great developers but also the way that they work with their clients sets them apart."

    • Senior Project Manager, Advertising Agency
    $50,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Vancouver, WA
    Service focus
  • hedgehog lab

    Helping global brands harness the power of mobile

    Verified

    “They always give genuine feedback. They want the app to do well, and they’ve been super involved.”

    • Operations Assistant, Continental Express, Inc.
    $100,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    London, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Merixstudio

    Custom software development | web | mobile | UX/UI

    Verified

    "We are now able to launch new products in a matter of days."

    • CPO, Burrow
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Poznań, Poland
    Service focus
  • CitrusBits

    Mobile app strategy, design, and development

    Verified

    "CitrusBits was always willing to find a solution that worked for us. They were very accommodating."

    • Sr. Creative Designer, Animal Health Company
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Los Angeles, CA
    Service focus
  • Red Foundry

    Mobilize Your Business

    Verified

    “They brought an incredible level of creativity to a complicated issue.”

    • CEO & Founder, RacketStats, LLC
    $25,000+
    $150 - $199 / hr
    10 - 49
    Chicago, IL
    Service focus
  • Indus Net Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

    Technology served with Passion, Commitment & Care

    Verified

    "They successfully delivered our project!"

    • CEO, Digital Financial Services Company
    $5,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    250 - 999
    Kolkata, India
    Service focus
  • ChopDawg.com

    Think Partner, Not Agency

    Verified

    "ChopDawg stays focused but can also change gears to keep up with my ideas."

    • Founder & CEO, Tadante Corporation
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Philadelphia, PA
    Service focus
  • Apadmi

    Restlessly Mobile

    Verified

    "The project management was good, and they were very transparent."

    • COO, Retail App
    $10,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    50 - 249
    Salford, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Dogtown Media

    Creating the Mobile Future

    Verified

    “They built an intuitive and simple design, and the team works quickly to address bugs and solve problems.”

    • Senior Ops Manager, Hospital Innovation Lab
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Venice Beach, CA
    Service focus
  • Koombea

    Leading iOS, Android & Web App Development Partner

    Verified

    "In our experience, technology companies tend to be very rigid, but we don't have that issue with Koombea."

    • Omnichannel Manager, Jamar
    $50,000+
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249
    Miami, FL
    Service focus
  • Digiryte

    Digital Products, Built Ryte!

    Verified

    “If I could describe them in one word, it’d be cooperative.”

    • Founder, Home Services Marketplace
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • TTT Studios

    Empowering Business Through Technology

    Verified

    "They brought a toolset to workshops that was robust, light, and thorough."

    • Innovation Manager, Transportation Authority
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Vancouver, Canada
    Service focus
  • The Distance App Developers

    Top 10 UK-based team with 10+ years mobile exp.

    Verified

    “The Distance App Developers did a really professional job.”

    • Founder, Arc Education (York) Ltd.
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    London, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • nomtek

    Innovation-driven software house (MOBILE, AR & XR)

    Verified

    "They have a positive attitude and are very collaborative."

    • CEO, Lighticians
    $50,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Wroclaw, Poland
    Service focus
  • The BHW Group

    Web and mobile apps for businesses of all sizes

    Verified

    "They spend a lot of time recruiting and nurturing a team culture that’s meritocratic and transparent."

    • Technology Lead, Hatchways
    $50,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Austin, TX
    Service focus
  • Andersen

    Software Solutions to Transform your Business

    Verified

    "Their agility is impressive."

    • CTO, Digital Mobility Company
    $10,000+
    $25 - $49 / hr
    1,000 - 9,999
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Service focus
  • 247 Labs Inc.

    Top Notch Developers to Deliver Excellence

    Verified

    “It was nice to know that they were invested in this project and excited to work on it.”

    • Resident Wellness Manager, Healthcare Organization
    $10,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    10 - 49
    Toronto, Canada
    Service focus
  • Byteridge

    Crafting Top-Notch Mobile and Cloud Apps

    Verified

    “The personal interaction that they provide and the extreme care that they put into the project is impressive.”

    • VP Operational Excellence, Transportation Services
    $10,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Hyderabad, Telangana, India
    Service focus
  • 3 SIDED CUBE

    Technology For Good - Global App Developer

    Verified

    "They have enthusiasm, deliver at a steady pace, and are an all-around great team of people to work with."

    • Head of Digital Excellence, iSupplyEnergy
    $25,000+
    $100 - $149 / hr
    10 - 49
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    Service focus
  • Ready4S

    Custom web & mobile development

    Verified

    "It was a smooth and easy process. I look forward to working with them again."

    • Associate Executive Director, Communications & Marketing
    $25,000+
    $50 - $99 / hr
    50 - 249
    Kraków, Poland
    Service focus
  • The NineHertz

    Eminent Mobile App & Web Development Company

    Verified

    “One of their strengths is the broad skill set they possess regarding mobile development.”

    • Co-founder, Tripbyt
    $5,000+
    < $25 / hr
    50 - 249
    Cincinnati, OH
    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.