Top Android App Developers 2015

Alberto Furlan

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September 7, 2015

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You want to develop an application, and you’re quite sure you want to do it for Android. The choice you have for choosing which company or developer will handle the creation of your app is absolutely huge – hopefully this guide will help. We’ve chosen our top 10 app developers specifically for Android, using a mix of human intelligence and data to present to you, in the same fashion as our previous Top iPhone App Developers 2015 research.

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Like last time, we have looked up the companies using a range of sources including, and Linkedin. The data points we’ve decided to focus on are the following:

  • 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

And a note: a good thing about all these companies is they will take your app through the ideation phase, and most will give you a free quote on your idea. So don’t be afraid to pitch something that’s just in the early stages, we’ve picked this list not just to develop apps, but also to develop ideas.  Having said that most of these developers are focused on mid-large scale type projects so they are unlikely to be willing to work for equity on your ‘idea’ for an app.  Here’s the full list, in no particular order:

Y Media Labs


Y Media Labs pitches its apps as “hand-crafted”. That’s because they take applications from the moment of ideation to strategy development, coding, testing and publishing for both native and hybrid apps, and if they’ve got the BBC, American Express and eBay in their portfolio, they’re clearly applying their philosophy well. Based in California, NY and Indiana, they’ve been featured in Business Insider and Tech Crunch among other publications and have created a wide range of products such ecommerce platforms, financial monitoring apps and e-magazines.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (90%)
  • Industry Focus: Business Services (30%), Education (25%)
  • Client Size: Enterprise (60%)
  • Founded: 2009
  • Company Size: 51-200 employees
  • Key Clients: PayPal, Staples, American Express, EMC, Nom Nom Paleo and Credit Karma
  • Avg. hourly rate: $100 – $149

About Y Media Labs video


Hedgehog Lab


Hedgehog Lab is based in Newcastle, London, Boston and Hyderabad, and their design and development work is world-class. They’ve worked with News International, Autodesk, BiC and the Financial Times to name a few of their global partners. Jamie Oliver also had them develop “Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals” app, so their portfolio is bursting with high quality apps and clients. Since being founded in 2007, they’ve worked on over 50 projects and the team is currently made up of 46 members – small, professional and innovative are all easily applicable to Hedgehoglab and their work.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (60%), enteprise software development (20%)
  • Industry Focus: NA
  • Founded: 2007
  • Client Size:  Small Business (50%), Midmarket (30%)
  • Company Size: 11-50 employees
  • Key Clients: Jamie Oliver, FT, News International, Channel 4, East Coast Trains
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $100 – $149

Hedgehog Lab introductory video




Appstudioz have delivered over 1400 apps, but that’s just the beginning of the story. The numbers are as follows: 250 people, over 150 clients and apps delivered for over 25 countries since their founding in 2011. In their own words they “Build & Analyse, Promote & Optimise, Monetise & Transact”, with a different platform for each service. They’ve developed applications for the healthcare industry, social networks, navigation and enterprise solutions as well as games and media streaming apps. They’re also backed by Affle, a Singapore-based pioneer of mobile technology.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (50%), Application UI/UX (35%)
  • Industry Focus: Consumer products and services (15%), Media (10%), Arts, entertainment and music (10%)
  • Founded: 2011
  • Client Size: Midmarket (40%), Enterprise (35%)
  • Company Size: 201-500 employees
  • Key Clients: Samsung, Mahindra Comviva, HCL, Adidas, Reebok
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $25 – $49

A screenshot of Appstudioz navigation apps portfolio





Nodes is quite small, at only 45 people within its team, but extremely competenet: they’ve developed apps as internal enterprise utilities and for consumer facing services, a good example of this being “Snapp It”, an app developed for ScotRail for both customers and employees to report issues and faults with trains. They’ve created apps which work with geolocation, and have worked with huge clients, a few of which should ring some bells: Samsuns, Carlsberg, BMW, L’Oreal and Lego. As the saying goes, if Carlsberg did apps… they chose Nodes!

  • Main Activity: Mobile app development (50%), Mobile and App Marketing (15%)
  • Industry Focus: Advertising and Marketing, Automotive, Business Services, Consumer Products and Services (all 20%)
  • Founded: 2008
  • Client Size: Midmarket (60%)
  • Company Size: 10-49 Employees
  • Key Clients: Samsung, Carlsber, Lego, 02, Citroen, Unilever
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $150 – $199

Nodes’ proximity app for Carlsberg





Somoglobal has won High Growth Team of the Year at UK Business Angels awards in 2014, and was ranked n.19 on the Sunday Times Tech Track 100. It has worked making apps for DeBeers, British Petroleum and Army Jobs, creating an app to simplify its applications, as well as AirAsia Expedia, and Home Depot. Founded in 2009 and with offices in London, New York, San Francisco and Bristol, they have wide experience in offering solutions in customer engagement and increasing sales, beyond simple app development.

  • Main Activity: Mobile and app Marketing (55%)
  • Industry Focus: Automotive, Advertising and Marketing, Consumer products and Services, Media (all 20%)
  • Founded: 2009
  • Client Size: Midmarket (50%)
  • Company Size: 50-249 Employees
  • Key Clients: BP, Army, DeBeers
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $150 – $199

SOMO Presentation Video




e-Legion is this list’s Russian representative, having worked for big clients such as Bank of Moscow, IKEA and Yota, a Russian mobile phone carrier. Based in Moscow and St. Petersburg, it has delivered more than 100 applications in the past nine years. At ease with iOS, Android and Windowsphone, it has won a number of Russian app development awards as well as organising its own conferences and seminars such as #MBLTDev

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (100%)
  • Industry Focus: Information Technology (90%), Advertising and Marketing (10%)
  • Founded: 2005
  • Client Size: Enterprise (75%), Midmarket (25%)
  • Company Size: 50-249 Employees
  • Key Clients: IKEA, Bank of Moscow
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $50 – $99

e-Legion’s top three apps






Softeq is very holistic in its approach to mobile development – if you can think of a service, a strategy or a feature, they’ve got it. From UX/UI design to memory performance optimisation, from Cross-platform development to back-end integration, Softeq have got it all. They concentrate mainly on apps for enterprises, as its extensive portfolio work with NVIDIA shows, but they also have e-zine apps, sports apps and a Blizzcon companion app under their belt. For a high-level holistic approach, especially if you have more requirements than just app development, this is an excellent choice.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (50%), Enterprise Software Development (20%)
  • Industry Focus: Information Technology (27%), Business Services (20%), Media (15%)
  • Founded: 1997
  • Client Size: Enterprise (60%), Midmarket (30%)
  • Company Size: 50-249
  • Key Clients: Atlas Copco, NVIDIA
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $25 – $49

SOFTEQ On the Innovation Frontier




DMI prides itself on being “mobility” specialists – the specific creation of mobile apps to transform businesses by their nature of being on a mobile device. They’ve worked for big clients like Rosetta Stone, the language learning specialists, Royal Bank of Scotland and Warburtons. They’ve provided big-data solutions to the US government, media and pharmaceutical companies. They’ve grown hugely since their foundation in 2002 (one of the biggest companies on this list) and have offices all over the world including the US, UK, India and Spain.

  • 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?



Stanfy‘s android development portfolio includes the official Scrabble app for Merriam-Webster, an app for the IMAX Movie Planet and a number of geo-located social networks for outdoor activities and travel. They’ve also begun work on a couple of wearable apps for Pebble and the Apple Watch. The company offers services going from the “ideation” and discovery phase to continuous improvement and support following the app’s pubblication. They’re based in San Francisco but have a strong line of work in Russia and the Ukraine, and won a series of awards last year including silver at the W3 awards in the Media Streaming category and platinum for “Best App User Interface” at the Best Mobile App Awards.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (55%), Wearable App Development (25%)
  • Industry Focus: Hospitality and Leisure (25%), Advertising and Marketing (25%), Arts, Entertainment and Music (20%), Consumer Products and Services (20%)
  • Founded: 2005
  • Client Size: Small Business (65%)
  • Company Size: 10 – 49
  • Key Clients: Juvo, Chuze, Keypr
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $50 – $99

The Behppy Story by Stanfy




Viteb offers something a little different to the other models here, in that it’s a hub for hiring their designers and coders to build your app – you send them specifications, and they will find the right people for your application. There are three plans you can choose from: either hiring resources full time, which gives you 160 hours of work , part time (80 hours) or hourly for ad-hoc working if your project is smaller, and billing for all the above is done monthly. Alternatively you can for for a fixed-price estimate (with a free evaluation online) or if you like to take matters into your own hands you can create a micro-agency, partnering with Viteb to produce white-label apps. An alternative model for those who want more flexibility from their app development process.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (45%), App UI/UX (20%), Web Development (20%)
  • Industry Focus: IT, Business Services, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Consumer Products and Services (all 25%)
  • Founded: 2005
  • Client Size: Midmarket (70%)
  • Company Size: 50 – 249
  • Key Clients: Marabous, Journal of Asian Martial Arts, JDStop
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $25 – $49

Testimonial for Viteb




OpenXCell‘s list of clients and partners should be enough to turn your head: Google, American Express, Unilever and Motorola to name a few. The list of services they offer is equally long, as well as the usual design and development, they formulate app strategies, porting and marketing campaigns. They also have more technical services such as back e-commerce platforms, real time development, cloud computing services and databases. Their specific Android portfolio has over 100 apps ranging from Business solutions to games, sports, entertainment and utility apps as well as social networking and news. They even do art design and QA testing. An all-round company with a huge pedigree.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (70%)
  • Industry Focus: Arts, Entertainment and Music, Utilities, Media, IT, Gaming (all 20%)
  • Founded: 2008
  • Client Size: Enterprise (45%), Midmarket (40%)
  • Company Size: 50 – 249
  • Key Clients: ClipMe, Google, Hubble Home
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: < $25

An example game by OpenXCell


[x]cube Labs


[x]cube Labs has delivered over 700 apps since being founded in 2008, and that’s not even the most impressive statistic. By its own reckoning, it has created over $2 billion in value and led to 100+ million installs. They cover all technical aspects of development as well as strategy, design, content management, marketing, analytics and wearables. They’ve also got quite a pedigree of tech companies in their portfolio, including Nokia, Texas Instruments and Sharp as well as Mattel and GE.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (35%), Enteprise Software Development (30%)
  • Industry Focus: NA
  • Client Size: NA
  • Founded: 2008
  • Company Size: 250-999 employees
  • Key Clients: Amazon, Nokia, Dreamworks, Texas Instruments
  • Avg. hourly rate: $25 – $49

[x]cube Labs thoughts on what design means


That’s twelve great starting points for that idea you’d love to see come to light, or the business solution your company or business needs. We’ve covered a range of specialties, models and company sizes to make sure there’s something here for every one, but the one constant in all of these developers is support – they will all develop the best possible app for you and support your idea throughout.