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Best Mobile App development companies in United Kingdom in 2019.

#1

E-done

3 reviews

E-done is a mobile app development company which has a team of professionals, capable to boost up your business and rise its efficiency.

There are a lot of problems to solve when you start new project, related to market analisys, planning and project growth and best solutions may depend on a subject field, main idea, budget and even on your team.

  • 40% Mobile App development company
Employees 11-50

James Bunel

Nice guys. Fast on delivery, always avalialbe for a chat and always kept me on track of what's going on. Recommend to everyone!

Dev Technosys

Notable project

The company delivered an elegant and functional mobile app fitness solution for Nike. The application allows to train different types of muscle group and offers over 185 free workouts. Today the app is available for IOS and Android platforms.

"Working with Dev. Technologies was a really experience. They made changes quickly and communicated often. I have the same project done with another company and it was not what I wanted. Dev Tech was able to deliver outstanding mobile application and give me what I asked for." - Chris Lynn

Dev Technosys is a certified mobile app development company that since 2010 delivers application solutions for IOS, Android and mixed platforms such as iPhone, iPad, Android, hybrid mobile app development and also provides wearable and IoT app development solutions.

Moreover the Dev Technosys team aims to serve real estate, healthcare, education, banking, automotive, travel, e-commerce and more industries by offering such advanced mobile app development services as:

- Appropriate technology suggestions;
- Phone app development;
- App updates and migration services;
- Performance analysis and testing, etc.

Also the Dev Technosys developers specialize in delivering AR, Geo tracking, biometric sensors and location detection features for their mobile app products. Today the company`s team consists of over 80 talented developers and engineers that already successfully created and launched over 950 projects for more than 450 clients all over the globe.

Clients

Johnson&Johnson, Nike, Hertz, Pfizer, Whirpool

Awards

Ranked among world’s top 10 Mobile app development company-Clutch

  • 25% Mobile App development company
Employees 51-100

Ibrahim Khoury

We chose to work with Dev Technosys after interviewing/vetting ten web development companies from around the world. NMG won our business because of th...

Iflexion

Notable project

Tip S.A approached Iflection for the App Development which would supplement their online buying platform. As the result was created IOS-app that complements the client's Web buying platform by the advanced location-aware catalog search, Social networking features for mobile-enabled collaboration and other.

"Iflexion has been the best web development company I have worked with. They have met or exceeded my expectations on every project..."

Inflection is a software development company located in USA and UK that provides Web & Mobile App Development, Augmented Reality, Big Data Analytics, Image Analysis Software and other. Since its inception in 1999 the company had collaborated with more than 500 clients from 30+ countries and completed 1500+ projects.

The company offers the range of Mobile App Development services that includes:

- Native & Hybrid Mobile Apps Development
- Cross-platform mobile app development
- Mobile app development for B2B, B2E and B2C

Iflection works with such technologies as: Android, IOS, Xamarin, Java, .NET, Cloud. And provides the mobile app projects in the following solution domains: Media Streaming, Healthcare, Games, Social networking and so on.

Clients

Adidas, Toyota, PayPal, Philips, Ebay.

  • 20% Mobile App development company
Employees 501-1000

Julia Perez

Excellent management systems and eCommerce software development partner

In today’s age of Fintech and digital banking, having the right technology spells success for your business. 

At Metryus, we promise to deliver the customized applications for web and mobile financial transactions including IT consulting services. 

Supported by a team of experts with proven results in the past 10 years, we collaborate with corporates

  • 25% Mobile App development company
Employees 11-50

Innovation and staying ahead of the curve is the key to success when it comes to doing business. But we understand that for many growing companies in the UK it can be hard to source the technical talent needed to constantly innovate given the current skills shortage the sector is facing. 

 

However, Asian countries that are experiencing a technology boom

  • 16% Mobile App development company
Employees 11-50

Unicsoft provides professional software development services for sustainable growth of SME and start-ups worldwide, since 2005. We deliver our day-to-day services with transparency, clarity, and most importantly — care for our customers.


We believe the true value of partnering with us lies in our ability to understand business goals, processes, context, and


Clients

Executive Eye, Intellica Group, SOSsitter, Kokoro, Hoodifood, Goforit

Awards

2019 Leading Developers, 500 Leading B2B Service Providers (Clutch)

  • 10% Mobile App development company
Employees 101-200

Having worked on over 500+ projects spanning over a dozen industry verticals, employing over a 100+ employees and now located in over 3 countries, we’ve had quite a journey as a web & mobile app development company that was originally based in just NYC. It wouldn’t have been possible without the ‘have to get this done’ attitude of our team and the

Clients

Versace, SpotPog, Holland & Sherry, StreetLight

Awards

Clutch.co awarded Mobikasa - one of the best Mobile App Developers NYC

  • 33% Mobile App development company
Employees 101-200

We’re experts in mobile technology. Since we began in 2009, we’ve built mobile apps and solutions for some of the UK’s biggest brands, including the Co-op, BBC, NHS, Land Rover Jaguar, Lexus, The Guardian and Argos. We’ve also recently collaborated with Amazon, hosting a number of events across the UK to educate people about the revolutionary uses of

  • 50% Mobile App development company
Employees 51-100

We turn ideas into great digital products and design and develop apps that people love to use.

We span the full lifecycle of digital projects and services, from a kernel of an idea to a fully fledged software solution. From games for children to smart health monitors, from education to apps for business, we can help your product fly.

Clients

BBC Worldwide, WaterAid, Sony, BBC

Awards

Lovie Award, Junior Design Award, Bafta, AMI Award

  • 50% Mobile App development company
Employees 1-10

Qulix Systems is international software development, quality assurance, and IT consultancy company (part of Qulix Group). Qulix’ headquarter is located in Burton, Cheshire. The company has branch offices in Moscow, Russia, and Marina del Rey, the USA, and a development center in Minsk, Belarus.

Clients

Societe Generale (Rosbank, Rusfinancebank) BNP, BGL BNP Paribas, Vodafone

  • 20% Mobile App development company
Employees 501-1000

ARKA Softwares is a well-organized custom software development company, offering the best mobile and web app development services across the globe. Our technology experts and consultants are focused on delivering standard IT solutions with top rated quality. We are working with an enthusiasm for any kind of business startups or large enterprise.

Clients

Adani Group, ILFS, Airtel, Ommcollective, Benvenuto,  Innerhour,  AllN1,  Mapha

  • 25% Mobile App development company
Employees 101-200

A mobile app development agency from Britain, that is very enthusiastic about VR. Under B2B model, they build ready-made mobile and VR applications, 3D environments for other companies, virtual conferences, shows and simulations. Those apps were for telecom, healthcare software, education, virtual graduation ceremonies, etc.

Clients

Dazzle It, Unilad, Bench, Asda, Manchester

  • 10% Mobile App development company
Employees 1-10

Krify is a bespoke mobile applications and software services provider based in Chigwell, UK, and India. Creating value for our clients is our passion and software technology is our forte. Our core competency includes [link removed], [link removed], [link removed], Wearable app development, and [link removed].

  • 20% Mobile App development company
Employees 51-100

Applify is an award-winning mobile app development company that knows its business inside out- right from conceptualizing your dream app to its post-launch strategy. 

With operations in 5 countries, it has emerged as one of the leading B2B service providers globally. Having delivered multiple projects successfully for clients all over the world, Applify lets

  • 25% Mobile App development company
Employees 11-50

We are a web development company who provide agile software development services for your business. Our team delivers smart web, mobile, and cloud solutions for startups and established companies. 

We are sure any good idea is worth attention, and we are excited to transform your ideas together.

  • 20% Mobile App development company
Employees 101-200

An international digital agency in the heart of Darlington. Bringing world-class solutions at affordable prices. 

  • 25% Mobile App development company
Employees 1-10

At Magora we design mobile and web B2B and B2C applications and bespoke software. We integrate them into fully-fledged business solutions, establishing a strong online presence for your company and maximizing your ROI.


What we do:


Internal Enterprise utilities

Consumer-facing services

MVPs for startups

We care about your business goals; development is only part of



Clients

Unilever, Yandex, Danone, Cisco, Trivago, Mandara

  • 33% Mobile App development company
Employees 201-500

More about Mobile app development companies

Mobile apps have taken over the world already, there’s no doubt. As of January 2019, there were 2.6 million apps in Google Play Store, over 2 million apps in Apple App Store, 670.000 apps in Windows Store. The process of designing, programming, building and launching an app is called mobile app development. Apps must be useful or entertaining to users, have excellent design, certain set of features, and, of course, be stable and functional. Thus, a practice has been established to delegate this task to expert mobile app development companies. 

Whether platform-specific, like iOS apps or Android apps, or cross-platform, or wearable apps, or IoT apps, etc., app development is the ongoing process which does not halt with launching and publishing. Mobile apps tend to grow, extend in functionality, upgrade to new versions, redesign or rebrand, as well as have to provide maintenance and support. Obviously, most of businesses cannot sustain those operations in house.

If you partner with a great mobile app development company and produce a beneficial and/or engaging app, it might be your path to success, outreach, new opportunities, new customers, etc. Unsurprisingly, the market of mobile apps is thriving, and the cost of app development is becoming more affordable. Just take a look at Statista research, showing a $88 billion total revenue of the mobile app industry in 2016, and projecting to at least double by 2020. Those revenues come from app stores download, in-app advertising, product placement etc. 

App development is not just about the money or hiring the best mobile app developers at sky-high rates. Before hiring a development agency, we encourage you to learn more about the process of app development and industry inner workings. Expertise is key, and it might be quite a challenge to dig through thousands of mobile app developers offering rich tech stacks to find the right partner. A good practice is to make a shortlist of several firms, talk to them and let them offer a quote on your project. Generally, it would takes about 6-9 months to develop an average fully-functional mobile app. Bottom line: there must be commitment and enough budget.

What is an app development company?

We need to take a step back here and go to basics. A development company is a team of experts that develop something, some product or service. In our case, it is mobile apps. Building, designing and launching an app is called "mobile app development" and that's what these companies (aka agencies, studios, developers) provide. It's a rather complex set of services, involving software programming, project management, design and UX, quality assurance, support and maintenance. Yet, with stunning rise of app popularity, development companies started popping up all over the world in hundreds.

According to TechTarget, app development is a type of software programming, that focuses closely on specific mobile platforms and devices. That is why we see the majority of those agencies promoting themselves as "Android developers" or "iOS development company", due to the largest market share of 2 kinds of devices - Android phones and iPhones. As of Aril 1, 2019, there are over 10K companies globally. 

How do app development companies work?

A short answer would be - professionally, fast and reliably... in a hopeful scenario. But joking aside, there are several aspects to be aware of. As a rule, these agencies are small teams up to 2-3 dozens of coders, designers and marketers, most of whom are young, creative and skilled enough experts. Of course, there are some that managed to grow to enterprise level, with up to 400-500 employees, and their rates are clearly higher. Basically, companies put themselves out by offering professional mobile app development, highlighting their successful cases, and competing in cost with each other to attract customers. So price per value ratio is becoming more sensible with each year, one can say.

In terms of working methods and communication with a client, the rule #1 for app developers is to "follow customer requests through continuous delivery". Here we've already dipped into terminology like Agile and Scrum, so let's elaborate. Due to the fact, that app development may stretch for months and client could not get a final product right away, developers typically abide by Agile methodology, which means dividing a project in stages and deliver results by progression. These stages are called iterations or sprints, and Scrum is one of the frameworks to manage and keep track of all tasks (and a source of insider memes, haphazardly). This way clients have strict control over progress and flexibility is any amendments have to be made anytime.

Scrum board example

What services and business value do app agencies provide?

As mobile phones/smartphones/digital devices have become omnipresent and basically a one extra body part for virtually every person on the planet, brands and businesses have no way of ignoring mobile presence. So naturally, any business, large corporation or a flower shop, start thinking about a mobile app to connect with customers. For that they hire an app development agency, whose primary service is building an app. The industry term for it is "mobile development" or "app development", and first of all it implies software programming.

But it doesn't end there. You might also need design, marketing, or special features, say Augmented Reality. Today's app agencies are quick to adapt to market realities, and thus their services include: mobile strategy (to make a proper business plan), development, design & UX, quality assurance, marketing, launching & maintenance, as well as innovative aspects, e.g. AR, VR, Artificial intelligence (AI), IoT, Machine learning (ML), Big data, etc.

In regards to coding, there isn't a problem to find any kinds of experts in a specific language, framework, library, database, SDK or whatever else. There are companies that provide native app development - like exclusive iOS or Android apps, cross-platform development - aka hybrid development of apps working similarly on all devices, custom app development - coding an app with unique set of features from scratch and without using presets, or even all types of app development.

It is also worth noting, that there are app companies specializing in particular market segments, so they offer better expertise in that niche and therefore hiring those may be of great benefit. For example, if you clearly know what is your product and what kind of customers it has to reach out to, your business may partner with developers who are focusing on mobile games, e-commerce apps, lifestyle apps, booking apps, startup app, educational apps, etc.

In terms of business value, by hiring professional developers to launch an app a business entity might kill two (or more) birds with one stone. We are talking about presence in mobile sphere, creating a new digital product, a new way of connection and communication with clients, a source of information about products and services, introducing contests and rewards to attract new customers, and overall raise company profile. As an example of value, check out this case by Nerdery agency for Danfoss - large machinery producer.

For something more real and visible commercial results, let's take ASDA, the UK supermarket chain who wanted to improve shopping experience via a mobile app, especially for grocery products. After collecting feedback and implementing barcode scanner, store locator, new price finder and other features, ASDA reached the following gains:

  • 2 million app installs
  • 18% increase in grocery shopping
  • 90% of increase contributed by the app
  • 1.8 times higher shopping frequency via app compared to website
  • more repeat customers

For more mobile app success stories with figures and facts we encourage you to read about 9 app marketing cases and 21 epic mobile app studies. Or check out this brief guide on how to get loyal customers via a mobile application for business. Few options highlighted are direct contact with customers letting them know about product delivery, new deals, introducing loyalty cards, happy hours, etc.

How to choose the right mobile app company

Start with your app itself: idea, concept, type, prototype, business model, etc. Clear-cut vision will help both to find the right app development agency and to meet the deadlines of development stages. Finding a company is known as “discovery stage” and it encompasses several steps/aspects, ending ideally with a project price offer from 2 or 3 companies. 

A thorough research will typically include: 

  • Website and portfolio - the face and first presentation, offering a glance at company’s work, style and capabilities. Professional mobile app development services should be able to have a professional and perfect website, hinting at the fact that clients should expect the same. 

  • Team - see who will be working on a mobile app as developers, designers, project managers, marketers (LinkedIn or social media profiles), check their skills and spirit, as those are the people you will be communicating with over next few months and entrusting them your business idea execution. 

  • Customer reviews - but be sure to find the authentic feedback, as often testimonials of the official website are generic and doubtful. Check other sources, tech portals and topical directories, social media to learn more about the reputation of a given mobile app development company. 

By the way, the goal of our present ThinkMobiles directory with Mobile developers category is to aid such research. Here you may find information about location, size, expertise area, portfolio, customer reviews about each app development agency. You might also visit our blog post - 20 top mobile app development companies all over the world for some really great suggestions.   

Important questions to ask / Things to explore

To answer the question “how to select a mobile app development company” you might want to take a closer look at few factors. Based on the specifics and business goals, we recommend researching the following aspects: type and/or size of mobile company, location, hourly developer rates, similar projects in portfolio. There’s always temptation to choose the one that will cost less, but that’s a really huge risk to the quality of the end product.  

  • Types of mobile app development companies

Enterprise mobile app developers or boutique app development agencies - which would suit your better? On the one hand, big guys like Fueled or Savvy Apps offer proven skills to build any kind of apps, capable of hosting up to millions of users. On the other hand they work at high rates and personal touch might fall prey to company’s production standards. Smaller teams, 10-30 members as a rule, may offer close relationship throughout the process, more dedication and creativity. There’s no good or bad here, the question is what type does one prefer?

  • Company location

The market of app development services provides 3 options: onshore, nearshore and offshore teams. This is about communication and supervision preferences. Onshore companies are your fellow countrymen, which means the same language, culture, time zones and maybe even a city. For Northern America and Western Europe the downside is that onshore app developers work at high rates. 

Nearshore companies are located in neighboring or close countries, probably in the same time zone, and working at lower rates. For US clients, nearshore app developers are typically from Latin America, for example. Offshore companies are the ones from countries far from yours, say Eastern Europe to the USA. Of course, there are risks to such type of mobile app development outsourcing, although modern tools of communication and strict process guidelines may smooth things out. 

  • Developer hourly rates

There might be an option to set the fixed price for the whole project, though, as practice shows, most contracts imply hourly developer rates. For cases with limited budgets, this often turns out to be the crucial factor. US and Canadian app development companies are known for the highest rates - according to Statista, $100 to $150 on average.

Rates in Western Europe vary from country to country, the average range for hourly work is $70-$115. Companies in Eastern Europe, e.g. Poland or Ukraine, one of the most popular choices due to talent, charge between $30 and $60. 

  • Relationship

One final point to make is relationship. Things may be very bright and promising on paper, and yet one will always discover the real situation when talking to the team. One extra step is also finding out about a company’s past projects that are similar to what you are planning. Meet the CEO in person or talk to developers on the phone and you’ll see if their values and possibilities match your goals, think how well would you get along in the process.

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