When customers, investors and partners asked me who our main competitors are a few years ago my answer was that I honestly don’t know. We seldom compete with the same companies more than once or twice as there are so many small development companies and freelance developers.
Today it’s a different story with mobile becoming a business critical channel for most brands. Brands acknowledge that they need to invest in proportion to the expected returns and want to work with partners that have done it before. Therefore we believe that the leaders in the industry have begun to crystallise based on track record, experience and references.
We are of course completely biased but here’s our list of the top mobile app developers in the world 2012 in no particular order. The list is based on our own experience, what our customers and partners are saying, reports in media and other sites such as Quora with a short motivation.
1. AKQA – one of the leading digital agencies in the world with a long history of award winning apps for big brands
2. Y Media Labs – pure mobile app developers based in San Francisco with a great track record
3. Ustwo - London based mobile UX and app development agency specialised in banks and retail
4. Tigerspike – Originally founded in Australia but now has app development offices across the world’
5. MIG (now part of Velti) – London based mobile agency with a smaller team focused on creating high quality apps
6. LBi – Originally a web agency but today has a good portfolio of mobile app development as well
7. Kony Solutions – US and India based with a mix of bespoke mobile development and providing tools to partners
8. Razorfish – One of the pioneers in digital and more recently extending this into mobile for their clients
9. R/GA – Strong NY office with strategy, UX and development capabilities for major clients
10. and of course Golden Gekko
All of these companies have a great reputation of understanding mobile, making honest and fair recommendations based on the clients objectives, great UE/UI teams, quality and reliable solutions.