Top 50 Mobile Application Development Companies – A curated list
Update: We originally wrote this post in late 2013. Much has changed in the mobile app development world, since then. We even went ahead and published two editions of the ‘Mobile App Developer Report’ that answers many questions that confound most of you, that are looking to find app developers to build high quality apps. (Download Report)
Did you know? The difference between the cost of mobile app development in the US vs Indonesia (a truly mobile first country) is 30x!
Finding a good 3rd party mobile application developer can indeed be tricky. There are a lot of parameters to judge if a development company is really credible, if they’d deliver their promises on time, if their pricing is justifiable and so on. Of course nothing is untraceable. But all these data are spread all over the place and you really need to do your homework (might take days if not week!) before picking that “one good agency”.
ContractIQ’s curated home page, with listings of elite mobile agencies should fix it for you!
A quora search on good 3rd party custom application development companies threw some results. So here’s what we did – We reached out to most of the app development companies we found on Quora. We got to interview most of them. With some, we began a working relationship. Over the last 3.5 years, we’ve observed a few hundred app development companies from very close quarters. Here’s our trusted list (spans across countries, in no particular order and we pruned it to less than 50). We’ve made sure that the representation is across price spectrum.
SmallPlanet – They are as good as it can get when it comes to big brands – 40 apps pushed to the App Store for clients like General Motors, Paramount, Disney, Design Observer, Hearst Magazines, Time, Inc., Discovery Communications, R/GA and others.
Y Media Labs specialize in designing and developing applications on iPhone, Android and Blackberry platforms. Some of the clients include Safeway, Genentech, Rave Motion Pictures, Budlight etc. Y Media Labs have launched apps which have been featured on Apple commercial.
Makingwaves – 285 people and they produce apps that are works of art. They do make waves!
Shortcut – We just did not get their language, but Quorans seem to love Shortcut! We’re waiting for the English version to report their awesomeness!
ThinSlices – The makers of The Happy App – Sure they are happy, with clients across 10+ countries!
Fueled – They are not here to work on just any apps or for any client. They come to work in the morning to build the best apps for the best clients. It’s what makes them tick.
Egg Haus – An independent, creative-driven social design firm that creates and deploys engaging branded experiences on every consumer platform. In 2009, EGG HAUS developed product strategies and brand experiences for Condé Nast, Macy’s, Cisco, eBay and other Fortune 500 brands. In addition, they work closely with Polaris Venture Partners to shape their portfolio companies.
Innovatio – Their secret sauce: Groundbreaking technology, striking interface design & creative brains.
Monitise Create – Since January 2010 they have put world-class digital experiences into the hands of millions of consumers. From banking on-the-move to mobile shopping, they partner with the world’s leading businesses to help them make money from mobile.
DS Media Labs is a Global leader in mobile strategy, design and development. Their headquarters are based in Ocala, Florida, which offers plenty of sunshine filled days. DS has been showcased since the launch of the Apple App Store as a visionary leader in mobile application design and development.
Allerin – An international software solutions and integration services provider which designs, develops, integrates and maintains business applications to enable enterprise solve complex, mission-critical business problems.
Noodlewerk creates and develops apps for iPhone, iPad and other mobile platforms. They love to help you extend your existing products and services to mobile devices, so they can be used in the car, on the bike, in the waiting line, wherever or whenever relevant.
Moblio is specialized in creating and realizing innovative mobile websites, campaigns and applications. The professionalism and hands-on approach have made us a leading agency in the rapidly growing mobile market.
Tapptic offer its clients a full-service approach to mobile marketing – strategic consultancy, creative and concept development, graphical and interaction design, project management, technical development, testing and production.
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