The mobile application industry is saturated with big firms like Accenture, Cognizant, and IBM and then there are boutique firms like Fueled and Arctouch who produce amazing products. The only challenge you may face is finding the right development firm for your company.
Below I have compiled a brief list of mobile application development firms. The criteria I used are firms with a track record, display of big logo’s on their website with a diversified portfolio. I looked at their OS for Android and iOS, examples of their UI/UX work, and to see if some of them developed wearables and Apple Pay.
Don’t be fooled by the size of the company. There are many boutique firms that can go head-on against the mammoth corporate firms like IBM. I have won large opportunities against large powerhouse firms with numerous accolades to their name. I reviewed customer comments as well as their application portfolio. The below list is not an exhausted list but only a starting point for startup’s and businesses seeking an application development firm.
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. Specializes 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.
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.
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.
Every day mobile application development firms are popping up like weeds in the USA and aboard. The cost of application development has decreased over the years. I have seen consulting firms charge $300/hr to as low as $30/hr from offshore firms in Columbia, India, Poland, Russia, and China. With the influx of competition, the rates will continue to drop. I believe today, development costs have bottomed out — like pc computers. Keep in mind the issues involved with offshoring your project, like IP (intellectual property), the language barrier, time zones, and the communication barrier when utilizing an offshore firm.
US firms have many advantages. I have written about them in my previous blogs.
I hope this article has helped you locate the development firm of your choice.