Top App Developers Los Angeles

Alberto Furlan

Updated: August 14, 2018

California is often talked about when discussing app development and tech thanks to its giants like Google, Microsoft and Facebook, to name a few, and Silicon Valley inevitably gets mentioned in the conversation. But there’s more than one mobile app development hub in the region, and the Los Angeles Area should not be ignored.

As well as the presence of the Los Angeles Tech Week since 2013, the city and the area around it is rife with tech companies and mobile app development companies. Here we’ve picked the best ten Android and iOS development companies in LA, displayed below in no order whatsoever, and judged using the following criteria:

  • 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 particular order, and should it not be enough, you can always check out our directory of app developers:


Dogtown Media

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Dogtown Media‘s skills cover iOS, Android, HTML5 and recently wearables with Apple Watch. From mobile strategy to UX/UI design and development, they’ve got the whole mobile app production cycle covered, including testing and launch in either of the app stores. Like others in this list they aim to be disruptive, innovative and driven by great customer experience. Featured on the Boston Globe and CBS, to name a few, this Santa Monica-based company ticks all the right boxes for app development.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (55%)
  • Industry Focus: Business Services, Financial Services (20%)
  • Founded: 2011
  • Client Size: NA
  • Company Size: 10-49
  • Key Clients: Google, United Nations, Lexus, Card.com
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $100 – $149

Screenshot: Lexus app by Dogtown Media
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Source: dogtownmedia.com

Sidebench Studios

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Sidebench Studios is another one of the smaller studios, with 17 people to its roster, and delivering some fantastic apps with that team. Their apps are made with “UX-driven design” in mind, and while they’ve worked with large companies like Red Bull and Pabst Blue Ribbon, their solutions are bespoke and attractive to start-ups and smaller companies too. They were also one of the top mobile app developers in 2014 in Los Angeles according to Sourcing Line, and have developed their own augmented reality platform.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (30%), Web Design (30%)
  • Industry Focus: Consumer Products and Services (30%), Retail and Arts (both 25%)
  • Founded: 2012
  • Client Size: Midmarket (60%)
  • Company Size: 10-49
  • Key Clients: Pabst Blue Ribbon, Red Bull, Oakley
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $150 – $199

Screenshot: part of Sidebench’s client wall

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Source: sidebench.com

Net Solutions

Net Solutions was Established in the year 2000, and has since grown to 230+ people.  A CMMi and ISO 9008 certified company, their clients include leading brands like Xerox, Microsoft, American Golf, IMG, Mothercare and Euro Car Parts as well as successful startups in UK and around the world. The company has also been featured in journals of international repute like Wall Street Journal, Economic Times, Hindustan Times, Inc Magazine and Brandon Hall Research.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development, Web Development
  • Industry Focus: Advertising, Arts, Consumer Products, Media, IT
  • Founded: 2000
  • Client Size: Midmarket
  • Company Size:  50 – 249
  • Key Clients: Microsoft, Sony Music, PC World
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $25 – $49

Net Solutions company presentation

Source: netsolutions.com

IT CRAFT

IT CRAFT is a full-service IT development company focusing on first-class Mobile and Web apps aimed at helping your businesses grow. They’ve worked with businesses of any size and complexity in their transition to digital. No matter what your business particular vertical, they’ve had some experience in it, and have worked with dozens of start ups.

  • Main Activity: App and Web Development.
  • Industry Focus: Business services, health and education
  • Founded: 2001
  • Client Size: All sizes
  • Company Size: 50-250
  • Key Clients: Venture Lab, Smart Navigation System
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $25 – $49

Client testimonials on IT CRAFT

Source: itechcraft.com

PhD Labs

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PhD Labs are all about disruptive apps. A highly creative team, they’re the minds behind apps like Hashcam, a game based on photos and hashtags, social media app Minglrr and eFax, an online-hosted fax service with over half of Fortune 500 companies using it. Started in 1998 and merged with another company, Organic Sales, in 2011, they’ve since delivered apps for sectors going from business services all the way through to healthcare, media and advertising.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (60%)
  • Industry Focus: Business Services (40%), Advertising, Healthcare, Consumer Products (all 15%)
  • Founded: 1998
  • Client Size: Midmarket (65%)
  • Company Size: 10-49
  • Key Clients: Bank of America, PGA, Experian, The Jim Henson Company
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $100 – $149

About PhD Labs Video

Source: Vimeo.com

MEDL Mobile

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MEDL Mobile offers a hugely diverse range of services: roadmaps and ideation through to development and testing, UX/UI design, maintenance, updates, marketing and monetization as well as cross-platform porting for pre-existing apps. They’ve used these skills on both Android and iOS platforms to create games, showcase, social media and geolocated apps, to name a few. Founded in 2008, Medl has been featured on CNBC, the BBC and the New York Times.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (55%), UX/UI Design (20%)
  • Industry Focus: Advertising, Business Products, Consumer Products, Media (all 20%)
  • Founded: 2008
  • Client Size: Midmarket (55%)
  • Company Size: 10-49
  • Key Clients: Taco Bell, Hyundai and Disney
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $150 – $199

Screenshot: The social video streaming app Hang w/ by MEDL Mobile
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Source: medlmobile.com

Swenson-He

Swenson-He has been making waves from Marina del Rey with its in-house-developed Android and iOS garnering plenty of full-star reviews. They offer full-cycle development, from ideation to launch, as well as we applications and content management. They also have an astounding 97% re-engagement rate with their clients.

  • Main Activity: App Development and UX/UI Design
  • Industry Focus: Health and e-Commerce
  • Founded: 2014
  • Client Size: N/A
  • Company Size: 10-49
  • Key Clients: Stanford Healthcare, Miraclegro
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $150-$200

Swenson-He company presentation

Source: swensonhe.com

ISBX

ISBX was recently nominated by Inc 500 as one of the fastest-growing app development companies in Los Angeles, and their results are a good indicator as to why. Since founding in 2009 they have worked with recognised global brands like L’Oreal, Nike Air Jordan and Red Bull. They have a strong knack for media strategy, and it’s no coincidence they offer branding services as well as iOS and Android development.

  • Main Activity: Mobile app development and UX/UI design
  • Industry Focus:  Media (50%) and Retail (25%)
  • Founded: 2009
  • Client Size: Mid-market
  • Company Size: 10-49
  • Key Clients: Warner Brothers, Lexus, Sony
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $50-$100

The WebSafety app by ISBX

Source: isbx.com

Digital Brand Group

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Digital Brand Group is one of the larger companies in this list, and their portfolio is pretty eclectic – they’ve worked in all sorts of sectors from healthcare and advertising to media and manufacturing. As well as developing for all major platforms, they have a strong focus on digital strategy, and will help formulate one for your app as well as developing and launching it. They’ve also worked on wearables and big data, and have recently opened a “New Ventures” section to help companies with IT architecture, design and engineering.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (45%), web development (25%)
  • Industry Focus: Consumer products and services (20%), Advertising and marketing (15%), Health care and life sciences (15%)
  • Founded: 2006
  • Client Size: NA
  • Company Size: 51-200 employees
  • Key Clients: Digi-Tribute, American Honey, Hoonigan, Tamyia, Cobra
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $50 – $99

Screenshot of the Cinepop app by DBG

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Source: Digitalbrandgroup.com

Dom and Tom

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Dom and Tom is a product agency that helps Fortune 500 companies and next generation startups build the future of digital. They are known for their forward-thinking user experience, engaging design, and cross-platform development for web, mobile, and emerging technologies. With headquarters in New York, a 2nd office in Chicago, and a growing office located in Downtown Los Angeles Dom & Tom has successfully launched 400+ web projects and 120 native mobile applications.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (50%), Web Development (30%), UX/UI (20%)
  • Industry Focus: Business Consulting Firms, Entertainment Financial Services, Food & Beverage, Healthcare, Media, Publishing, University/Education
  • Client Size: 55% Midmarket, 25% Enterprise, 20% Startups
  • Company Size: 100
  • Key Clients: Priceline, General Eletric, Hearst, Turner, Bloomberg, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Tyson Foods, Inc., The University of Oklahoma
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $150 – $199 / hr.

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


Final Thoughts: The LA environment is not to be underestimated when it comes to mobile app development, both iOS and Android. We believe we’ve covered a range of companies here to accomodate for all budgets and projects – now go out there and get your business on mobile, and if this list isn’t enough, keep looking on our app developers directory.