Top 50 Mobile Application Development Companies – A curated list

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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.

 

mokriya-logo   Mokriya –  A software design and development company based in the valley with several marquee projects

 View Mokriya’s apps  .  Contact Mokriya

smallplanet

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.

View Small Planet’s apps  .  Contact Small Planet

Android · iOS · BlackberryY 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.

Contact YMedia Labs

ustwoUstwo –  They are a studio not an agency – A fiercly independent one at that, aiming to be the world’s best, no less!

View Ustwo’s apps  .  Contact Ustwo

 

RazorFish | custom app development | ContractIQRazorfish was born digital — it’s in their DNA. Today, they use that lifeblood to transform business at  the convergence of creativity, technology and media.

View Razor Fish’s apps  .  Contact Razor Fish

 

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Android - iOS - HTML5 app developmentAgens.no – Trusted by Microsoft and Cisco, no less! Coolest of Norwegian mobile development shops!

View Agens’ apps  .  Contact Agens

making waves

Makingwaves – 285 people and they produce apps that are works of art. They do make waves!

View Making Waves’ apps  .  Contact Making Waves

 

Android - iOS - Windows mobile application development  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!

View Shortcut’s apps  .  Contact Shortcut

Also Read :  How to get the best out of your outsourced product development team

 

Android - iOS - Windows mobile app development ThinSlices – The makers of  The Happy App – Sure they are happy, with clients across 10+ countries!

View Thin Slices’ apps  .  Contact Thin Slices

 

Android · iOS · Windows Mobile app development 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.

View Fueled’s apps  .  Contact Fueled

iOS · Rails app developmentViget – Loved by big brands, Higher Ad, Consumer product firms (Oh, well! Seems like loved by everyone they work with!)

View Viget’s apps  .  Contact Viget

 

Android · iOSBurn Side Digital – They have the chops, from what we see in their website. Quorans have showered some love too. Check them out!

View Burn Side Digital’s apps  .  Contact Burn Side Digital

 

iOSEgg 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.

Contact Egg Haus

 

MySQL · Ruby · Rails · HTML5 · MongoDB · CSS3Lunar Logic is a locally owned software development firm based in Eugene, Oregon.

View Lunar Logic’s apps  .  Contact Lunar Logic

 

MonterailMonterail is an offshore web development agency. But don’t let that modest description bore you out.

View Monterail’s apps  .  Contact Monterail

 

iOSBread and Pepper is a small webstudio based in Leiden, The Netherlands.

 View Bread and Pepper’s apps  .  Contact Bread and Pepper 

 

iOSTouch Wonder was established a few days after the iPad was announced in the beginning of 2010. They produce work which is as classy as the device itself!

View Touch Wonder’s apps  .  Contact Touch Wonder

 

Android · iOS · BlackberryMedia Bunker – Sennheiser and Playboy. They have an app for every mood, you bet!

 View Media Bunker’s apps  .  Contact Media Bunker

iOS Innovatio – Their secret sauce: Groundbreaking technology, striking interface design & creative brains.

View Innovatio’s apps  .  Contact Innovatio

 

iOSIce Mobile – The mobile food p0rn must have something to do with Ice Mobile. They created some of the most jaw dropping mobile apps for food retailers!

View Ice Mobile’s apps  .  Contact Ice Mobile

PHP · Java · Android · iOS · Windows Mobile · C# · .NET Appstrakt – Do you Spotify? They had a role in it. Super cool site and people.

View Appstrakt’s apps  .  Contact Appstrakt

iOS - FranceBackelite is a major player on the mobile services development market in Europe. They create, adapt, develop and publish multimedia services for smartphones, tablets and connected TVs.

View Backelite’s app  .  Contact Backelite

 

Android · iOS · Windows Mobile · HTML5Pure Agency – More than 80 experts help the most famous brands in Europe to implement profitable and measurable mobile solutions.

 View Pure Agency’s apps  .  Contact Pure Agency

 

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iOSMonitise 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.

View Monitise’s apps  .  Contact Monetise 

 

Android · iOS · Blackberry · Windows Mobile · HTML5 - UKMubaloo is an award winning team of mobile consultants and app development experts, delivering end-to-end enterprise and consumer solutions.

View Mubaloo’s apps  .  Contact Mubaloo

 

Java · Android · iOS · Blackberry - United KingdomPocket App is a multi-platform application company designing apps for mobile devices and tablets. Work starts at concept and design stage, through to technical development and marketing.

View Pocket App’s works  .  Contact Pocket App 

Android · iOSRibot is an award-winning digital studio. Innovating consistently at the highest level, they strategise, design and develop digital products across mobile, television, in-store and beyond.

View Ribot’s apps  .  Contact Ribot

 

Adroid IOSDS 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.

 View DS Media Labs’ apps  .  Contact DS Media Labs

PHP · Java · iOS · AndroidAKQA is an ideas and innovation company. They collaborate with forward-thinking companies to create the future.

 View AKQA’s apps  .  Contact AKQA

 

Design · Integrations · AppsAllerin – 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.

 View Allerin’s apps  .  Contact Allerin

noodlewerk-logo1Noodlewerk 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.

View Noodlewerk’s apps  .  Contact Noodlewerk

 

Android · iOS - NetherlandsMoblio 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.

View Mobile’s apps  .  Contact Mobilo 

 

Android · iOS · Blackberry · Windows Mobile · HTML5 - BelgiumTapptic 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.

View Tapptic’s apps  .  Contact Tapptic

 

Android · iOS · Blackberry · HTML5 Clicmobile – Clicmobile is a mobile digital agency that understands the evolving digital world and masters shifting technological landscapes.

View Clicmobile’s apps  .  Contact Clicmobile

 

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  • I have one suggestion for this list . HightraX Solutions its awesome company that offer me the best price when we compare to other .

  • doodleblue is a creative mobile app design and development company for start-ups, entrepreneurs and small business.

  • Zibrasoft Technologies is a highly professional software development company based in India having competency in providing software solutions to clients using latest technology major tools and technologies of software engineering. We provide client focussed solutions by realizing client requirements for their business enhancement and complexity needs. Our global delivery model and processes helps to reduce complexity, risks and costs associated with offshore software outsourcing services. We have expertise over open sources like PHP, Drupal, Joomla, WordPress, Zend and Code Igniter.Zibrasoft Technologies has expertise in the Microsoft Platforms of ASP.NET, Share Point Server, Telerik, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Silverlight, MVC, WCF, and WPF.Zibrasoft technologies also works on latest mobile technologies and cater to customer needs to develop business applications on Android, iOS (iPhone/iPAD) and Blackberry platforms.

  • Hello ,
    Greetings ..!!!
    NectarBits(Creative Apps Devs.)is a Mobile Application Development company based in India . We are committed to provide the best and quality based solution.
    We carry expertise of working in latest mobile, Business Application, Entertainment Application ,Enterprise technologies that are reshaping business. And make legacy software applications operate swiftly on mobile devices across platforms.
    It would be great if I could take up some projects from your side and assist you with our services. In the meanwhile should you have any concerns/queries please feel free to contact me any time for any details/information on our company and the works we have done.

    Let us know if we can help you in any of your requirements
    You can contact us directly to:
    Email : info@nectarbits.com
    Skype:- jaks1113

    Thanks & Regards,
    Himanshu Patel
    NectarBits(Creative Apps Devs)
    Email : info@nectarbits.com
    Skype : jaks1113

  • Thanks for the list!
    I’d also add this iPhone app development company to the list:

    http://ramotion.com

  • Hi,

    I just curious know to know, at what basis the list was prepared? I knew few of the good companies in the list. Also few companies missed from the list as well. Innomobileapps.com – named as top 50 most promising enterprise mobility company by cioreview.com for the year of 2014. But it was missed in the list.

  • I would like to add the name of Teknowledge Software to this list. The app developers over there have a portfolio of nearly 600 apps – so they must be good!

  • I’d just like to introduce India based leading mobile apps development, web development and game development company. “Nexmoo” is providing solutions across the globe and India. http://www.nexmoo.com

  • Consider Mobiquity, Inc. We specialize in Fortune 500 organizations. We are growing quickly. Founded in 2011, and we are 300+ employees, 4 countries, 12+ offices.

  • Hi,

    Thanks for the list. I’d also like to add Eastern Apps to the company list. It’s a Netherlands based custom mobile apps development company.

    http://www.eastern-apps.com

  • We will be rolling out the ability to create custom audiences from your mobile app over the course of this week, and custom audiences from your website over the next couple of months.

  • Hi,
    Good list, i have been bookmarked this article..We are also leading mobile apps development company, Please check it out for more info http://www.appzuniverse.com/

  • Clara

    Good list! I knew only very few mobile app development companies listed here, well curated!

  • Prashasti

    A very useful list of custom application development companies. One can choose the best one according to his requirements.

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  • Good list, very popular mobile app development companies..Here we are also developing wide rand of mobile apps, for more details check out our website http://www.omtechnologies.com/

  • Maria Andreson

    Top 50 Custom Mobile Application Development Companies thread is really impressive. I would like to add one more top mobile apps development company is USA Mobile Apps Development.

  • We are ZibraSoft Technologies an offshore mobile application development company http://www.zibrasoft.com

  • You add some more in my best companies list, thanks to you. Well, some of them are managing my business very
    effectively being as a client. Well, I would like to add one more company in this list because of its excellent services and support which is Ideavate Solutions, I suggest to go through to this company if you are interested in custom app development.

  • This is great list, i have mentioned one more Mobile Application Development company. We have been awarded by Deloitte for 2 consecutive years as one of the Fastest Growing Technology Company in India & in Asia Pacific.

  • I’m gonna throw my bone into the pot here. We’re about a year old but we’ve already worked with some great brands – http://swarmnyc.com

  • You have missed a couple of leading mobile app development companies
    Sourcebits – Well Known for designing and building world-class mobile apps
    http://contractiq.com/company/sourcebits
    And
    July Systems – They are widely acknowledged to be among the top mobile platform and services companies.
    https://contractiq.com/company/july-systems

  • This list of costom mobile application development companies are good, but wanted to know that which things have been considered to to list the companies here. I also know many companies which have good reputation in mobile application development field and have great clients as well as the project also, In-fact we are also offering the custom mobile application development solutions world wide, so please describe any one the basis of these lists.

  • Steve John

    It’s wonderful. Thanks for sharing. I shall keep update the same. Clavax is an iPhone app development company California that offers high-end app development solutions for iOS-enabled devices with their certified XCODE developers and designers.

  • You can also add http://www.pixelcrayons.com to the list. Their work is really good and they provide lot many development services.

  • Not only best service provide of mobile app development but also need quality and affordable cost, and you iMOBDEV Technologies is continue providing on both side with satisfied customers around the world. Definitely you can add it.

  • Paweł Janda

    You can also check out http://www.mobitouch.net company 🙂 We have an experienced team of mobile developers and graphic designers. Regards!

  • Pratul

    We are worst at not listening to what our client wants. We are not good to provide poor design and development services. If even we want we cannot create bad applications.

    We are just not confident but sure of developing intuitive, extraordinary and cost effective solutions in Mobile Technology, Web Technology and Hybrid Technology.

    We don’t just satisfy your needs but will become YOU to think from what I need to accomplish.

    If you don’t think we’re good, please contact us and ask for a quote

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  • Raja Ram

    One of the leading global mobile application service provider … is missing in the list. Please look into … for the mobile application development service they provide.Requirements can be sent to …for quick quote.

  • popular design

    well done, all are good companies. thank you for sharing.

  • Sakshi Sharma

    An idea for an app is not less worth than funds, all these companies are good in providing different technology based mobile app services but one thing that the most entrepreneurs lacking is they don’t know how to get fund for the app ideas ?

    Even we lagged at this point. At this point we Started looking for app investors, angel investors and finally after one year pressure we reached our Masters @ California, Silicon Valley.

    We collaborated with them since 2007 who offered venture capitalization and marketing solutions for our app idea, they were also provided us app development services because they had a huge level of low-mid-senior level expertise trained from 2007 on different categories, different technologies.

    So, here I would like to suggest the trustworthy one stop solution for you is to contact “Mobile App Development Company for Startups & Entrepreneurs”, you could develop your app from SDI( Software Developers India) mobile app developers, they are leading in this tech field for more than 11 years. Just thought to share you can even reach me @ 4088022885

    Sorry Forgot to mention we came to know them from contractiq.com only https://contractiq.com/company/software-developers-india

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  • Sonali

    Nice list….

  • Komal

    Well, I would also like to recommend… . It’s a CMMI level 5 organization and builds custom mobile applications and offers full mobile suite development including mobile strategy, assessment, development, design, mobile analytics via Roambi, and so on.

  • SorinJackson

    Great list!

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  • Isabella Boylston

    That’s the great list ! I would like to add the organisation (http://dbwebsolutions.com) I hired, its a good team to work with and they provide 24 hours support, they are in the industry for more than 6 years now, i think so.

  • Madhurashree m

    This list is really insightful. I would like to add one of the mobile apps development company to the list. Cumulations technologies is expertised in transforming your business ideas into the best mobile apps(android, iOS or cross platform) with the best UI/UX experience. They are also one of the best IoT Apps Development Company who predicted the future and got expertised in the early stage of technology growth.

  • Madhurashree m

    This list is really insightful. I would like to add one of the mobile apps development company to the list. Cumulations technologies is expertised in transforming your business ideas into the successful mobile apps(android, iOS or cross platform) with eye catchy UI/UX experience. They are also one of the early stage IoT Apps Development Company who predicted the future and got expertised in the early stage of technology growth.

  • amitkrm

    Few major companies are not in list like CDN , mobileappz, riktam and these companies have bagged many f-500 projects in recent times.

  • Apps Development

    Good list! Thanks! I’d also add this business opportunity app development company to the list: http://punicapp.com/

  • amitkrm

    I would like to add http://www.riktamtech.com as they are in the same industry since conception and doing good…

  • its very helpful list

  • is a fast growing Software development company, provides full range of outsourcing software testing services.

  • It’s very tough to find the best among good mobile development companies. There are lots of companies available in market who provide the same services for mobile app development.

  • Anna Klepacka

    Thanks for this post, great job! I will mention one more . We have been recognized as Top Web & Software Developers 2015 !