Top USA App Developers 2015

Alberto Furlan | September 24, 2015

App Development


The United States have a huge smart-phone market, with 178 million people estimated to own a smart-phone in early 2015, accounting for 85% of all phone owners – and that’s without taking into account other devices like tablets and wearables. With that kind of penetration and audience, and an attitude towards innovation and always pushing the cutting edge, you have to choose a developer who knows the playing field well and what technologies are available in the States. That’s why we’ve made the following list of best app developers in the US, with particular attention to covering all levels of business – there’s no use in knowing the top enterprise-level developers if you are an SME, and vice versa. While the list does not have an internal ranking, we’ve classified the companies 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

This is the list, in no particular order:



Fueled do Android and iOS native apps, but their skills dont stop at “mere” development – they cover marketing, branding, user acquisition and much more besides. They’re one of the biggest names in the business and have worked with big-name clients but most of their apps have come from small businesses, and have hit the top of the charts with a range of apps. Most recently they developed QuizUp, a trivia game which has reached 20 million active users, and Afterlight, one of the top image editing apps in the Play Store.

  • 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

Y Media Labs


Y Media Labs is a leader in the field, and has worked with large corporations like PayPal, who used it to develop their mobile payment platform (which generated $20 billion worth of transactions in 2013). Mobile app development is their main activity, but to Y Media Labs this goes beyond just coding: it means ideation, problem solving, strategy formulation and innovative UX and UI design. Also with a strong focus on scalable technologies, they’ve got all angles to a successful app covered.

  • 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


Raiz Labs


Raiz Labs have created a wide-ranging variety of apps, from the B&H Photo application, which reached the top 10 lifestyle apps in the App Store, to Runkeeper, the fitness application and community with 45 million members. They’ve developed over 100 apps since being founded in 2003, and they list of services is equally long, going from marketing strategy to design, from usability testing to cross-platform development.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (50%), Application UI/UX (40%)
  • Industry Focus:  Retail (30%), IT and Consumer Products & Services (both 20%)
  • Client Size: Midmarket (60%)
  • Founded: 2003
  • Company Size: 50-249
  • Key Clients: Six Flags, B&H Photo, Runkeeper, Virgin Pulse, HP
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $150 – $199

A screenshot of three of Raizlabs’ apps




Fuzz‘s most recent, large-scale work was developing a companion app to the “A Song of Ice and Fire” (aka Game of Thrones) for Penguin Random House, which gives you an idea of the kind of trust large enterprises have given them. Having made apps for the New York Post, L’Oreal Paris and Xbox confirms that trust – they ideate, design, test, analyse and evolve their work, and they do it extremely well.

  • 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





Sourcebits guarantee to give you a new app visual concept or design within the space of two weeks, but that’s not all they offer. They say they offer the “full spectrum” of mobile services, and looking at their portfolio they really are an eclectic company: from banks to entertainment companies, from tech giants to Coca-Cola, they’ve done it all and worked for a massive number of industry sectors, and more than 30 of their apps have hit the charts Top 10.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App (33%), App UI/UX (33%)
  • Industry Focus: Retail, IT, Government, Consumer Products, Business Services (10%)
  • Client Size: Small Business and mid-market (40%)
  • Founded: 2006
  • Company Size: 150+
  • Key Clients: Bank of America, Disney, GE, Intel, MIT, IBM, P&G, Hershey’s, Coca-Cola
  • Avg. hourly rate: $100 – $149

The Intel ChromeBook app by Sourcebits




Willowtree does most of its business with large enterprises, and its portfolio includes giants like Time Warner, Pepsico, Johnson & Johnson and the American Red Cross. With an emphasis on returns on investment and the highest grade of user experience, they’ve consistently won awards including two Webbies in 2014 and are industry leaders in field devices, media delivery, payment systems and the internet of things.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (50%), App UI/UX (20%)
  • Industry Focus: Media (20%), Field Solutions (20%), Retail (15%), Arts & Entertainment (15%)
  • Client Size: Enterprise (70%)
  • Founded: 2007
  • Company Size: 51-200 employees
  • Key Clients: Game Show Network, BabyCenter, GE, Valpak, Crutchfield Electronics, Department of Defense
  • Avg. hourly rate: $100 – $149

Screenshot of the app developed for AoL







Intellectsoft is upfront about its commitment to enterprise-level apps and solutions. They offer three main “service lines”, which are app development, maintenance and mobile partnership. For development, they can created apps in iOS, Android, HTML5, Windows and hybrid platforms. In maintenance they specialise in IT handovers, debugging and documentation updating, amongst other things, while mobile partnership includes consulting on strategy, audits and programme management.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (40%), Enterprise software development (25%)
  • Industry Focus: Financial Services (20%), Business Services (20%)
  • Client Size: Enterprise (40%), Midmarket (30%), Small Business (30%)
  • Founded: 2007
  • Company Size: 51-200 employees
  • Key Clients: Universal Pictures, Jaguar Motors, Ernst & Young, London Stock Exchange, Harley-Davidson
  • Avg. hourly rate: $50 – $99

Success story: the Guinness app by Intellectsoft





Softeq develop bespoke apps as well as mobile SDKs, utilities and mobility solutions for enterprise and mid-market level players. Competent in all major platforms, including Unity, they offer a large range of services from prototyping to UI design and development. Founded in 1997 and now with 150 employees, they’ve worked with Fortune 500 companies and have also won awards for their work on wearable devices in 2015.

  • 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




Qburst have one of the longest list of competencies we’ve encountered: beside the “standard” platforms, they’ve also got Python, CQ5, Ruby on Rails, jquery mobile, AWS and, to scratch the surface. With offices in Europe, India, Singapore, the UK, the UAE, Poland and Australia QBurst has truly global reach and an eclectic portfolio, having made apps for insurance firms, language learning, Dell and National Geographic, amongst others.

  • Industry Focus: Health care and life sciences (15%), IT (10%)
  • Client Size: Midmarket and Small Businesses (40%)
  • Founded: 2004
  • Company Size: 501-1000 employees
  • Key Clients: National Geographic, Burberry, Dell, Peugeot
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $25 – $49

Qburst’s about us video




DMI is one of the giants in this list: 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?


Final Thoughts

There you have it, the best app developers and mobility solutions providers in the US. We hope at least one satisfies your needs to create an app for your business and take it to the next level of efficiency, reach and productivity.

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