The market for mobile app development studios is huge and varied, ranging from corporate giants to smaller boutique studios. The beauty of mobile is that both of these can deliver cutting-edge apps, and given the large amount of choice, it’s only a case of finding the best fit for you.
We’ve made things easier for you with this Big List of World’s Best App Development Companies. All of the studios present here can produce a wide variety of mobile applications, and while we’ve divided them by geographic regions, don’t let that fool you: many of these companies have offices across the globe, and can be trusted to deliver apps on time and across borders.
A note about our methodology: We chose, first and foremost, companies with a proven track record and a diversified portfolio. Most of those present can code for iOS and Android, and the few that specialise have the skills to make up for it. We looked at the strength of their UX and UI design as well as their willingness to dabble with new tech like wearables and Apple Pay.
Finally, we did not discriminate by size, as we’re well aware that small studios can compete with larger companies on all metrics. We also took a look at the reviews of their customers, their accolades and, of course, the diversity of their portfolio, and we did not rank them – this is an unordered list. If you’d like to know more about the companies, there’s also more information in our App Developers Directory.
The geographic regions are:
Apptology – The “ideas to apps” slogan of this company with offices in the US, UK, India and France says all you need to know. Offers both custom and ready-made apps.
Creative 27 – Recently named best digital agency in California and has won plenty of awards before that. Worked with Beats by Dre, Lifespeed and Samsung, to name a few. Specialises in top-end brands.
Amadeus Consulting – A Microsoft Gold certified partner, and that is just one of many accolades. Has worked with Google, Humana, Global Tranz and others, offering creative, marketing, development and event staffing services.
Debut Infotech – Founded in 2011, their 60+ dev team has a 100% approval record for app store submission, provide iOS and Android app development as well as web and SAAS, and have been featured on Bloomberg News and abc.
Zco Corporation – It’s portfolio includes work with Verizon, BBC America, Microsoft, Samsung and Motorola, among others. One of the largest development companies in the world.
Fueled – One of the more famous Android and iOS developers out there, with offices across the states. The company behind AfterLight and Dayo count Verizon, HBO and American Express among their clients. Top quality.
Y Media Labs – Trusted by brands like Apple, Facebook and Paypal, their mission statement is to “help clients see what they can’t see themselves”. This translates to high-quality, ground-breaking apps for iOS, Android and WP.
Intersog – Custom software and app development with agile teams, and has expertise in fields from big data to the internet of things. Head offices are in Chicago but has development centres in Ukraine.
Raizlabs – Strategy, design and development are the three major types of services which Raizlabs provides. Based in Boston and San Francisco, they offer full-stack development for iOS, iPad and Android.
Fuzz – One of the giants of mobile app development, Fuzz is consistently ranked in the top development agencies in the US. It’s long list of major clients includes CBS, the New York Post, Fairmont Hotels and Condé Nast.
Apptraction – Full-cycle app development from the creators of Vsnap and Car Camera DVR. Based in New York, Apptraction develops for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry and web. Has worked for Disney.
Dom and Tom – A smaller studio which punches well above its weight thanks to talent, skill and a customer-facing approach. The PriceLine flight booker is one of the major projects since foundation in 2009.
Arctouch – Has a particular focus on apps which connects brands with their customers. Key clients include SkyJet and NBC news. They also offer strategy consultations and lifecycle management services.
DMI – From mobile strategy to UX/UI and deployment, DMI is an end-to-end enterprise mobility company based in Maryland, and one of the bigger app devs out there, with over 1000 employees and offices in the US, UK and Spain.
Sourcebits – San Francisco and Bangalore (India) make up the offices of this high-end app developer, which has with Intel and Hallmark (to scratch the surface) and delivers on all stages of the app development cycle.
Willowtree – Makes User Experience a top priority in all its apps. From media delivery to field solutions, Internet of Things and payment systems, Willowtree has the tech know-how to cover all mobile app dev needs.
Softeq – Texas-based company Softeq takes apps from the idea phase to delivery with a constant eye on cutting-edge design and technology. Covers native applications, web, HTML5 as well as testing, debugging and hardware design.
Chelsea Apps Factory – No prizes for guessing where this Tech Track 100 company is based. Will take your app from a mere idea to a fully functioning product, as they have done with KPMG and Ladbrokes to name a few.
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Reliant Tekk – With offices in the US and India, Reliant Tekk have global coverage on the app dev market. 60+ developers have served 350 clients worldwide, and their services go much beyond native iOS and Android dev.
Fan Studio – Games-focussed studio and a certified member of the UK Association for Interactive Entertainment. Has amassed more than 26 million downloads for its games, which include Flick Rugby and Wall Race.
Red C – Award-winning agency based in Shoreditch, London. Delivers both mobile and web projects for all sorts of sectors, from charity to finance, medical and engineering.
Borne – Not just app development but digital products at large. Highly creative agency developing for both iOS and Android as well as web.
Iflexion – iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry are all part of this studio’s portfolio, as well as HTML5, given their background in web development. Has worked with global clients and delivered 1500+ projects.
Brightec – The team behind the award winning “low cost holidays” app. Based in Brighton, they’ve worked for Roche, Jaguar, Morrisons and the Brighton Marathon, showcasing a wide range of skill sets.
The Sound Pipe Media – iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry are all within their capabilities, and for a wide variety of sectors too. Also does very well in producing games, video and marketing campaigns.
hedgehoglab – A tech consultancy with offices in the US, UK and India, their big-name clients include Channel 4 and the Financial Times. Offering full-cycle app development, they specialise in innovation and emerging platforms.
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Waracle – Scottish Waracle is one of the most talented UK developers out there. With work for NHS Scotland and the Ryder Cup, among others, they’ve got experience in iOS, Android and Windows Phone Development,
Locassa – Not just an app development company but online and mobile strategy consultants. The Times decided to trust them with their mobile app, as have The Sun and Canon, to name a few.
Apadmi – The studio behind the official X-Factor UK app, and that in itself says enough of the quality of their app design. They created The Guardian’s official app, and have won a slew of awards since foundation in 2009.
Ustwo – If you’ve played Monument Valley (iPad game of the year 2014) you know how good Ustwo’s development credentials are. From games to wearables and apps, they bring top-class design to all their work.
Somo Global – Offers everything from mobile training to advertising, design and development. Ranked 19 in the Sunday Times Tech Track 2014, two of their main clients have been BP and the British Army.
Future Platforms – If you’ve ordered a Domino’s pizza with a phone app, you know what Future Platforms is capable of. Recently nominated three times at the finals of the EMEA Business Excellence Awards.
IntellectSoft – IntellectSoft’s portfolio speaks for itself: Harley Davidson, Nestlé, the London Stock Exchange, among others. Concentrates on providing mobile solutions for large companies with iOS, Android and hybrid apps.
Mentormate – Full-cycle app development company with a strong emphasis on brands, they also provide a wide knowledge base and informative articles on their website. Key clients include Thomson Reuters and Braun.
Ready4s – Provides both engineering and mobile consultancy services, and since foundation in 2011 has delivered 55+ mobile apps to over 45 clients, covering iOS, Android and Windowsphone.
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Mubaloo – With offices in Germany, the UK and the US, Mubaloo has a very wide reach, and delivers support and maintenance post-launch as well as consultation and development. Part of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50.
Eleks – Quality Assurance, data science and mobility solutions all round out Elek’s skillset on top of mobile app development. They also have experience in developing for wearables. Offices in Poland, Ukraine, UK and USA.
Polidea – Based in Poland, they’ve worked with international brands like Phillips and Hewlett Packard to deliver top-of-the-line native iOS and Android apps.
Nomtek – Started in 2009 with offices in Poland, the UK and the US, Nomtek are the creators of the famous Yelp application, and have been featured in the Washington Post and the Discovery Channel.
e-Legion – Straight and to the point, e-Legion does mobile app development for iOS, Android and Windows Mobile. Developed the IKEA app for shopping centres in Russia and the Bank of Moscow app.
The Software House – Founded in 2012 and with offices in Cracow and Gliwice, they are full stack developers and designers, covering UX/UI as well as back-end development. They produce apps for iOS, Android and hybrid.
RedMadRobot – A car penchant for this app studio has got them work for Ford, Land Rover, Mini and Chevrolet. They also offer design, development and testing as separate, stand-alone services. Based in Moscow.
Lemberg – Start-up friendly app development company founded in London in 2007 but now with offices in Ukraine too.
Miquido – A mobile UX and development company, they have also touched upon wearables and smart tv applications. They create for iOS and Android as well as web, and are based in Poland.
Konstant Infosolutions -Has 3500 projects under its belt, including work for Nestlé, Citrix and Rawbank. Ranked among the best companies to work for in India, and offers services for iOS and Android.
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MindInventory – Based in Ahmedabad, MindInventory develop for iOS, Android and HTML5 and have delivered over 500 successful projects since starting out in 2011.
Hidden Brains – With a footprint covering 97 countries, Hidden Brains’ portfolio comprises 850+ mobile apps since 2008. Currently based in Ahmedabad with offices in Germany.
Prismetric – Bespoke mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Has produced applications in the productivity, services and eCommerce fields, and also dabbles in games and wearables.
Digital Brand Group – One of the larger companies in this list, DBG do UX/UI design, digital strategy and app development with expertise in iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry. Offices in Kerala and the USA.
Robosoft Technologies – “From Idea to Engineering” is a prominent tagline for them, and rightly so: they’ve built 1400 apps and counting, from enterprise mobility to games and the app for NDTV.
xCube Labs – Winner of 20+ awards from around the globe, xCube labs have worked for Amazon, Texas Instruments and Dreamworks, to name a few. Headquartered in the US but with offices in Bangalore and Hyderabad.
Quytech – From strategy to development on all major platforms, Quytech can deliver mobile apps for any sector, and is particularly keen to work with start-ups and companies.
ChromeInfo Technologies – Silicon India’s brand of the year in 2015, they’ve worked in the automotive, fitness and and education sectors (and others) to produce 500+ mobile apps.
Qburst – A huge company with 1100-plus employees, they do web development, CRM and big data as well as app development, UX and UI design. HQ is in Trivandrum with other locations being Poland, the UK and the US.
Viteb – From payment solutions to social media integration, Viteb are at the forefront of mobile app technologies. They offer specific services for start-ups, B2B web and digital agencies.
Dot Com Infoway – The numbers speak for themselves: 15 years of experience, 500+ clients and more than 5000 projects successfully delivered. Also does mobile app marketing.
OpenXCell – App strategy to launch via development and QA testing, as well as support & maintenance and app porting – OpenXCell offers the full cycle and range of app development services.
Skylark Infotech – iPhone only, but well worth the specialisation: trusted by Fortune 1000 companies, they also do a whole range brand marketing on multiple platforms.
Affle AppStudioz – Appstudioz is based in Singapore but has offices all over the world, including India, the UK and the US. Its 200-strong staff has delivered more than 1400 apps.
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Credencys Solutions Inc – From mobile development to augmented reality and wearable solutions. Headquartered in the US but with a presence in Singapore and development centres in India.
Elinext Group -More global than just South-East Asian, Elinext Group delivers high quality apps for iOS, Android, Blackberyy and Windowsphone from their offices in Singapore and Vietnam.
White Widget – iOS and Android are the key services offered by White Widget, but they also do marketing, strategy and art services. Based in Manila, they created the popular Tomato.ph app WebFM.
CMC Software Solution – Founded in 1996 as a software company in Vietnam, it now outsources projects in the mobile dev market too, working in a variety of sectors from finance to eCommerce, education and utilities.
Savvycom Software – Key projects by this Vietnamese app studio include Crave Pass, E-Publisher and iHeart Local. Classed in the top 30 IT companies within Vietnam.
QSoft Vietnam – Outsourcing solution for all sorts of web and mobile development. Covers a huge range of services and frameworks, including iOS, Android and hybrid.
Cheesecake Labs – One of the premier app development studios in Brazil, they offer both the development and engineering side as well as mobile consultancy and strategy.
Peerbits – Interpreting app design and creation as an art form says a lot about Peerbit’s approach to app development. With five years of experience, they’ve delivered on that vision 300+ times for iOS and Android.
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Mobits – Brazil-based, their website is in Portuguese only but their talent at making mobile games and apps shines through regardless.
Kogi Mobile – Actually based in Florida, US, but has offices in Medellin, Colombia. Since their foundation in 2011 they’ve produced more than 200 mobile apps, as well as back-end projects, and are trusted by Samsung and HP.
UruIT – Based in the US and Uruguay, they offer two kinds of services: either mobile app development in-house, or experienced staff to integrate with your pre-existing team.
Snowman Labs – This small team with offices in Curitiba and Kitchener (Canada) develops apps for iOS, iPad and Android. A wide portfolio covers the business, retail, healthcare and financial services.
Guarana Technologies – Head-quartered in Canada with offices in Brazil, they develop for mobile as well as wearables, and particularly like digging into cutting edge tech like beacons and wearables.
CodigoDelSur – From social networks to messaging and video-streaming apps, this creative Uruguayan studio of about 50 developers has worked with, among others, Avon and Subway.
Belatrix – One of the biggest app and software developers in Latin America, they offer full-cycle services for mobile development and much more besides. Based in Argentina with offices in Peru and has worked with Disney and AOL.
That’s it, our selection of the best app development agencies the world has to offer. We think there should definitely be something in here to match your project and your budget, but if you want to keep looking, you can always go to our directory of app developers.