2018 Reviews

Top Mobile App Development Companies - 2018 Reviews

Last updated Jan 12, 2018

List of Top Mobile App Development Companies

1. WillowTree, Inc.®

Mobile Product Agency

"The biggest success for us was having WillowTree take over the app."

  • Vice President, Regal Cinemas
$50,000+
$150 - $199 / hr
250 - 999
Charlottesville, VA

2. hedgehog lab

Global App Developer based in UK, USA & Europe

"They were very helpful on a strategic level."

  • Founder, Fitness Startup
$50,000+
$100 - $149 / hr
50 - 249
London, United Kingdom

3. ArcTouch

Mobile Apps & Connected Experiences

“If we ever need to develop another app, we’ll look to ArcTouch for their technical leade...

  • Senior Digital Marketing Manager, Flexjet
$25,000+
$100 - $149 / hr
50 - 249
San Francisco , CA

4. Intellectsoft

Developing serious software solutions

"We were very fickle in many ways, and Intellectsoft dealt with that. "

  • CEO, Financial Services Company
$25,000+
$50 - $99 / hr
250 - 999
Palo Alto, CA

5. Y Media Labs

A digital strategy, design and technology agency.

"We have a good cultural fit with Y Media Labs' team."

  • Digital Product Lead, Cook Medical
$50,000+
$150 - $199 / hr
250 - 999
Redwood City, CA

6. Appster

The App Developer for Startups & Challenger Brands

"Appster exceeded our expectations. At no point did I feel that we should have done something differently."

  • CEO, BAI Games
$25,000+
$50 - $99 / hr
250 - 999
San Francisco, CA

7. Zco

A Tried-and-True Development Company

"The team was communicative; they were upfront about challenges, escalations, and obtaining detailed requirement..."

  • Software Engineering Manger, IoT Company
$10,000+
$25 - $49 / hr
250 - 999
Nashua, NH

8. Blue Label Labs

NYC designers, developers & marketers of apps

"...Blue Label Labs was the most balanced in expertise, budget, and interactiveness throughout the process."

  • Founder, GamerCal
$10,000+
$100 - $149 / hr
10 - 49
New York, NY

9. Dom & Tom

User experience and development for iOS & Android

"[They] rescued us from a bad situation and helped us deliver a viable solution."

  • Project Manager
$50,000+
$150 - $199 / hr
50 - 249
New York City, NY

10. Intuz

We Develop Enterprise Solutions & Products

"In each instance, Intuz under-promised and over delivered."

  • CEO, WiFi Service Startup
$10,000+
$25 - $49 / hr
50 - 249
Sunnyvale, CA

11. Konstant Infosolutions

App Development Company for Startups & Enterprises

"Konstant Infosolutions has been good in conforming to our feedback."

  • Digital Director, Large Retail Bank
$5,000+
< $25 / hr
50 - 249
Jaipur, India

12. Experion Technologies

We build trust.Not just software.

"We keep industry standard metrics for the code delivered by Experion and have been happy with their work..."

  • Head of Strategic Applications, Transportation Nonprofit
$50,000+
$25 - $49 / hr
250 - 999
Addison, TX

13. App Partner

Award-Winning Apps Created By a Team You'll Trust

"I’m very happy with how the app turned out... They go the extra mile to figure out what you want."

  • Marketing Director, Conair Corporation
$25,000+
$100 - $149 / hr
10 - 49
Brooklyn, NY

14. Appinventiv

Delivering Bespoke Mobile Experience

"A team leader from Appinventiv is on top of everything."

  • Founder, Tingisha
$10,000+
< $25 / hr
250 - 999
Noida, India

15. Small Planet Digital

Mobile Application Design & Development

"Small Planet was a great choice for the development of a first product..."

  • Director of Product Innovation, Nonprofit Alumni
$100,000+
$100 - $149 / hr
10 - 49
New York, NY

16. MentorMate

Digital Ideas Accelerated

"The team [MentorMate] is efficient, which is always desirable when working with limited government funding."

  • Technology Lead, Andamio Games
$25,000+
$50 - $99 / hr
250 - 999
Minneapolis, MN

17. Sunflower Lab

INTERSECTION OF BUSINESS, TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION

"They’re very clear in what they’re going to do and how much it’s going to cost up front."

  • Founder, MyHouseHas
$10,000+
$50 - $99 / hr
10 - 49
Somerset, NJ

18. SnapMobile

Mobile app development. 4 weeks. 1 flat fee.

"They performed exactly like they said they would, and I was happy with everything."

  • Owner, Real People International
$25,000+
$50 - $99 / hr
10 - 49
Chicago, IL

19. NMG Technologies

WEB & MOBILE APPS FOR THE REAL WORLD

“The NMG team is not only very hard working but goes above and beyond to deliver the best possible outcomes.”

  • Founder & Director, Online Dating Website
$1,000+
< $25 / hr
50 - 249
Las Vegas, NV

20. Softeq

Custom apps: Mobile, Web, Wearable, Desktop

"They’re very committed ... [and] it certainly puts them in a premium category of vendors."

  • Founder & CEO, Christie Lites
$10,000+
$50 - $99 / hr
50 - 249
Houston, TX

21. Cleveroad

TOP Mobile apps • Web • AI • VR • IoT experts

“They are responsible and skilled, and their work speaks for itself.”

  • Owner, Skibhus Dyreklinik
$10,000+
$25 - $49 / hr
50 - 249
Dnipro, Ukraine

22. Dogtown Media

Creating the mobile future.

“Dogtown’s feedback and help has been invaluable...

  • CEO, Worldwide Breast Cancer
$25,000+
$100 - $149 / hr
10 - 49
Venice Beach, CA

23. Cheesecake Labs

Professional for Partners. Candy Store for Devs.

“[E]verything has been perfect.”

  • CEO, Forca App
$10,000+
$50 - $99 / hr
50 - 249
Florianopolis, Brazil

24. CodigoDelSur

Rockstar coders for rockstar companies

“Some developers don’t want to listen to suggestions, but [Codigo has] been very receptive to our ideas.”

$10,000+
$50 - $99 / hr
50 - 249
Montevideo, Uruguay

25. Fuzz

Award-winning mobile product agency

"[Fuzz] were dynamic and accommodating of any request we made."

  • Director of Business Development, Wearable-Tech Software Startup
$50,000+
$150 - $199 / hr
50 - 249
Brooklyn, NY

26. nomtek

We craft apps that change the game

"nomtek's team delivered much more than I expected both in coding and in product development."

  • CTO at Educational Organization
$10,000+
$50 - $99 / hr
50 - 249
Wroclaw, Poland

27. OAB Studios

Supplying Arms for the Digital Revolution

"Everything they’ve done has been aesthetically and functionally awesome."

  • Co-founder, Archival Management Software
$1,000+
$25 - $49 / hr
50 - 249
New York, NY

28. Infinum

Creating beautiful software for 11 years

"The developers from Infinum whom I've worked with have been some of the best and brightest I've seen."

  • CTO, B2B Marketplace
$10,000+
$100 - $149 / hr
50 - 249
San Francisco, CA

29. QBurst

Technology Leveraged for Your Business

"They’re available no matter what time of day it is."

  • Co-Founder, Sports Startup
$5,000+
$25 - $49 / hr
1,000 - 9,999
Trivandrum, India

30. Simpalm

Mobile App and Web Development Company

"It was not a problem to them that I wasn’t experienced in app building, and they were willing to walk me through the..."

  • Founder, Medical Software Innovation
$10,000+
Undisclosed
10 - 49
North Bethesda, MD

31. Tapptitude

mobile apps with attitude

"Tapptitude is a real startup working for startups."

  • CEO, Storific
$5,000+
$25 - $49 / hr
10 - 49
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

32. Peerbits

Delivering Excellence, Righteously

"Peerbits spent time with us going through requirements and made a deep analysis of the project."

  • CEO, Jewlot
$5,000+
< $25 / hr
50 - 249
Ahmedabad, India

33. Halcyon Mobile

We build awesome mobile products for hot startups.

"I felt any suggestions they were making were truly for the good of the product."

  • Program Manager, Technology Nonprofit Organization
$5,000+
$25 - $49 / hr
10 - 49
Cluj Napoca, Romania

34. MindSea

MindSea makes beautiful, integrated mobile apps.

"This was the first app we'd ever built, so it was great to have an experienced group helping us walk through it."

  • Manager, Trans Canada Trail
$10,000+
$100 - $149 / hr
10 - 49
Halifax, Canada

35. Blue Whale Apps

Creating Apps Since the App Store Started

"I think the best thing is just that Blue Whale Apps is very responsive with any question or need that I have."

  • Owner, App Startup
$10,000+
$100 - $149 / hr
10 - 49
Boca Raton, FL

36. Miquido

Laureate of Deloitte Technology Fast 50 CE 2016

“We were impressed with Miquido’s creativity, communication, and quick understanding of what we were trying to achiev...

  • Co-Founder, Health Technology Company
$25,000+
$50 - $99 / hr
50 - 249
Krakow, Poland

37. Fueled

THERE'S AN APP- THEN, THERE'S A FUELED APP.

"They delivered us nearly flawless code."

  • COO, Micro Donation Platform
$75,000+
$150 - $199 / hr
50 - 249
New York, NY

38. AndPlus

Creative Software, Award winning apps

"They have a unique mix of youthful energy and old-school professionalism."

  • Managing Partner, DKF Solutions
$50,000+
$150 - $199 / hr
10 - 49
Southborough, MA

39. Mobomo

Website and App Design and Development

"The team is responsive to all inquiries, questions, and concerns."

  • Program Analyst, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
$50,000+
$150 - $199 / hr
50 - 249
Vienna, VA

40. Five

Mobile Products that Deliver Measurable Value

"They’re a lot more than a vendor; Five truly is a partner."

  • Head of Consumer Division, Rosetta Stone
$50,000+
$100 - $149 / hr
50 - 249
New York, NY

 

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.