Top App Developers NYC

Alberto Furlan

Updated: January 2, 2018

One of the most bustling and tech-aware cities in the world, New York City is high in the ranks of the mobile app development world, with a large numbers of top developers and app companies settling their offices in the Big Apple.

From US giants Fuzz to smaller studios like Dom and Tom, NYC has plenty to offer on the app development front, both for established enterprises and for budding start ups. Which is why we’ve selected the best of the best to help you choose the right partner for your business’ mobile app solution.

We selected eight companies based on the range of their portfolio, their ability to deliver native apps across a variety of platforms and ensuring that all price levels and project sizes are covered. And of course they need to have an office in New York. The criteria we used were:

  • Main Activity: The main avenues of activity of the company, such as straight-up coding, UX/UI design, branding and others.
  • Industry Focus: Previous experience with companies and the sectors in which they operate.
  • Client Size: The size of the companies they usually deal with
  • Company Size: So you know how many people you’ll be dealing with
  • Key Clients: The biggest and best-known clients of the developer, generally large enterprises.
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: A range of rates you might expect to pay for development of your app and other services

Here is the list, in no order of skill or competence:

 

Fuzz

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Fuzz is one of the best US app developers, and it shows, having worked for some of the biggest brands out there like L’Oreal Paris and Xbox. From museum apps to eCommerce and media to a Game of Thrones companion app, they’ve covered all sectors of app development. As well as planning, coding and testing your mobile app, they also provide post-launch analysis, data and support as your application evolves with its users. Based in Brooklyn, there is little Fuzz cannot do in the mobile dev sphere.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (40%), Enterprise Software development (15%)
  • Industry Focus: Consumer products and services (25%), Retail (20%)
  • Client Size: Enterprise (50%), Midmarket (40%)
  • Founded: 2001
  • Company Size: 51-200 employees
  • Key Clients: New York Post, L’Oreal Paris, Xbox, Conde Nast
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $150 – $199

App for L’Oreal created by Fuzz
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Source: fuzzproductions.com

Fueled

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Fueled the second giant in this list, Fueled have made headlines with their work for high-flying brands like HBO and Glamour, even when 85% of their work is with SMEs. With offices in New York City, Chicago and London, UK, they have an impressive portfolio and have won awards from the Webbys, Hive and W3, to name a few. Passionate about their work, their team of designers, engineers and specialists can build for any platform and at any budget, and they’ve even founded their own collective of start ups.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App development (50%), Application UX/UI (20%)
  • Industry Focus: Consumer products and services (25%), Media, Retail, Arts Entertainment & Music, Advertising and Marketing (15%)
  • Client Size: Small Business (50%), Midmarket (35%)
  • Founded: 2007
  • Company Size: 51-200 employees
  • Key Clients: Porsche, Ducati, Discovery Communications
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $150 – $199

Video: the Fueled story

Source: Fueled.com

Five

Counting 10 years of experience is no small feat in the app development world, and NYC-born Five has just that, having expanded its team to nearly 150 developers in that time. As well as native iOS and Android (both native), they use React Native to develop hybrid solutions, and take charge of the entire app development process from UX/UI to testing and server maintenance.

  • Main Activity: Mobile app development (40%)
  • Industry Focus: Gaming (40%), Retail (20%) 
  • Founded: 2007
  • Client Size: Midmarket (40%)
  • Company Size: 145
  • Key Clients: Rosetta, Ministry of Sound
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $125  hour

A screenshot from the Rosetta app

Source: Five.agency

 

Apptraction

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Apptraction are based the heart of New York City, and they offer a wide variety of services which include, beyond mobile app creation, tablet and mobile web/HTML5 development, mobile solutions for B2B and enteprises, back-end development as well as mobile marketing and strategy. Competent with iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone, their portfolio currently includes a video messaging app, a video streaming and TV application and a best-in-class GPS tracker which was even featured by Apple.

  • Main Activity: Enterprise Software Development (26%), Mobile App Development (21%)
  • Industry Focus: Transport
  • Founded: 2005
  • Client Size: Enterprise (50%), Midmarket (35%)
  • Company Size: 50-249
  • Key Clients: Disney, Mary Kay, Reuters
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: NA

A selection from Apptraction’s Portfolio
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Source: apptraction.com

 

Worry Free Labs

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Worry Free Labs is a Pointclear company, and has extensive experience making apps for the healthcare and education sectors, but they are not limited to that alone. Providing mobile strategy, UX/UI design, integration and deployment as well as development for all major platforms, they’ve delivered apps ranging from geolocation based running companions to games and digital keychains. From their central New York City offices, they’ve worked with some big name brands as well as a number of startups.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (45%), App UX/UI (25%)
  • Industry Focus: Healthcare and Education (25% each), Media (20%)
  • Founded: 2005
  • Client Size: Enterprise (50%), Midmarket (40%)
  • Company Size: 50-249
  • Key Clients: Bank of America, RSA, FitBit
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $100 – $149

Sticker Factory Game for iPad by Worry Free Labs

Source: youtube.com

 

Dom and Tom

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Dom and Tom is one of the smaller companies in this list, as far as number of employees go, but they punch well above their weight when it comes to app development. Their first stage in the development process is to identify the problem the app is trying to tackle, and work from there with their team of engineers and design experts. The method has seen them successfuly deliver apps for General Electric and Citibank, so clearly they know what they are doing, and can do it for all platforms available.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (60%), App UX/UI(25%)
  • Industry Focus: Food, Publishing, Transport
  • Founded: 2009
  • Client Size: Midmarket (55%), Enterprise (25%)
  • Company Size: 10-49
  • Key Clients: General Electric, Ashoka, Citibank
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $150 – $199

A Screenshot from Dom and Tom’s website of their app for Cliffnotes
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Source: domandtom.com

 

ArcTouch

ArcTouch focuses particularly on apps which connects brands with their customers, so you can see why their offices are in NYC as well as San Francisco, with some key development taking place in Brazil too. A full-cycle development company, they build apps natively for iOS and Android as well as in Xamarin for all your cross-platform needs. They’ve also dabbled in the IoT (if by dabbled you mean “developed some keystone applications”) and they also offer strategy consultations and lifecycle management services.

  • Main Activity: Mobile app development (60%)
  • Industry Focus: Advertising, consumer products, IT and retail (all 15%)
  • Founded: 2008
  • Client Size: Enterprise (45%), Midmarket (40%)
  • Company Size: 50-250
  • Key Clients: Salesforce, Hobart, Guess, Audi, nVidia, Adidas
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $125 per hour

IoT hackathon: Bots, AR and More

Source: youtube.com

 

Appetizer Mobile

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Appetizer Mobile‘s CEO was featured in Forbes’ list of 30 Under 30 in 2015, and that is just one of many accolades this company can brag about. With their range of services covering marketing, strategy, app and game development as well as SEO optimisation, hosting and post-launch maintenance, all delivered from their NYC base, they’ve produced apps for massively recognisable names like 50Cent, Sephora and the NBA. A small team with massive talent, their skill in creating just the right kind of app is not to be taken lightly.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (50%), App UX/UI (25%)
  • Industry Focus: Arts (30%), Business Services and Gaming (both 20%)
  • Founded: 2009
  • Client Size: NA
  • Company Size: 10-49
  • Key Clients: NBA, Lady Gaga, Interscope Records
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $50 – $99

A selection of Appetizer Mobile’s Key Clients
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Source: appetizermobile.com

 

DMI

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DMI: another one of the New York City giants. Over 1000 employees, has worked for the US government on a number of projects and has been named by Inc. 500 as one of the fastestn growing companies, there’s nothing they don’t cover in their list of services. Their list of case studies and portfolio is so long it needs to be indexed, they also won the Top Places to Work award by the Washington Post and two American Advertising Awards in 2015.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (40%), App UI/UX (20%), Branding (20%)
  • Industry Focus: Government (25%), Retail (20%), Manufacturing (15%)
  • Founded: 2002
  • Client Size: Enteprise (55%), Midmarket (35%)
  • Company Size: 1,000 – 9,999
  • Key Clients: Rosetta Stone, ESPN
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $100 – $149

DMI: How can mobility transform your business?

Source: dminc.com

 

Appster

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Appster is a mobile and web development agency with offices in Australia, USA and India. Describing itself as ‘a technical co-founder but without the equity’, Appster offers advice on raising capital, product strategy, business modelling, and how to gain traction after you launch. Appster has an impressive iOS portfolio and a 300-strong team including top performing developers and product managers. Beyond building apps, Appster helps startups build sustainable technology businesses.

  • Main Activity: Mobile app development (55%), web development (25%)
  • Industry Focus: Includes finance, retail, healthcare, media and travel
  • Founded: 2011
  • Client Size: focused on helping startups
  • Company Size: 250-500
  • Key Clients: Bluedot, Realifex, and FirstJob
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $50 – $99

Behind the Code: A Tour of Developing an App with Appster

Source: YouTube.com

 

Fingent

Fingent was founded in 2003, starting out in web development before adding mobile apps, the Internet of Things and VR to their portfolio – really, if it can be coded, Fingent will have experience in making it. Through the years they’ve had some high profile clients like CBN and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and they’ve created apps for sectors ranging from health to real-estate and finance while winning plenty of awards along the way.

  • Main Activity: App development (50%), Web dev (50%)
  • Industry Focus: Business services and real estate (both 30%)
  • Founded: 2003
  • Client Size: Midmarket (55%)
  • Company Size: 50-250
  • Key Clients: Sony, Johnson & Johnson, PWC
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $25 – $49 per hour

Mobile Apps to Enhance Customer Experience

Source: youtube.com

 

Net Solutions

Net Solutions has an extremely eclectic portfolio, ranging from work in the financial sector to education, arts and IT, which makes sense considering how long they’ve been in the business (they were founded in 2000). Their development skills cover all major mobile platforms including iOS, Android, HTML5 and hybrid apps, and they also offer UX and eCommerce development.

  • Main Activity: Mobile app development (60%)
  • Industry Focus: Marketing, Arts and Business Services (All 10%) 
  • Founded: 2000
  • Client Size: Midmarket (50%)
  • Company Size: 200
  • Key Clients: Microsoft, Yahoo!, IMG
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $25 – $49 per hour

About Net Solutions

Source: youtube.com

Final Thoughts:

Whether you’re just starting out or you have an established business in New York, and whether this is your first diving into the mobile world or you have a strategy all set out, we believe you’ll find your NYC-based mobile dev in this list – dig in!