The Best Mobile App Development Companies in The Motor City

Looking for a top mobile app development companies in Detroit?

Building a mobile app is expensive. In fact, it can cost $10,000 to $150,000, unless you want an out-of-the-box solution with a DIY app builder. So, choosing the right app developer is important because it can save you time and money and result in an app that makes your business stand out.

As you begin the process of hiring an app development company, remember to define the type of app you want before starting conversations with developers. How complex your app idea is will determine your budget and the skill level you need in an app developer. Then, once conversations begin, ask for portfolio items, reviews, and references. Be sure to bring up timeline, too, so you align on expectations.

Overall, with about 90% of time on mobile spent in apps, investing in a mobile app for your business may help attract customers and get your brand in front of more people.

To assist you in your search for a partner, we’ve compiled this list of the top mobile app developers in Detroit. Browse descriptions, feedback, and awards to find which can best suit your company’s needs.

List of the Best Detroit Mobile App Development Companies

  • 1

    Atomic Object

    Michigan-based software development company Atomic Objects serve clients around the world. The team of over 60 and has been creating custom products for web and mobile since being founded in 2001.

    Notable Project

    Atomic Object created an iPad app for a drug testing administration. The app stored data from athlete drug-testing. They handled development from beginning to end, with constant input from the client.

    “Atomic Object exhibited similar traits as our company. They were about the same size and had a wealth of experience based on past projects. We liked their leadership team and loved their presentation. … They took the time to understand who we were.” – CEO, Drug Testing Administrator

    Former clients
    ArtPrize
    Priority Health
    John Deere
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Ann Arbor, MI
    4.9
    4.9
    16 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    Michigan 50 Companies to Watch (2010) , Inc 5000 (2010) , When Work Works: Outstanding Workplace Culture (2016)

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  • 2

    jācapps

    jācapps is a digital agency that was founded in 2008 and is based in Bingham Farms, Mich. The team of about 35 have expertise in mobile app and web development, UX/UI design, and marketing strategy. 

    Notable Project

    jācapps developed a radio app for a faith-based station with an offline playback feature. After working with jācapps, the app ranks at number 10 for relevant keywords and has around 300,000 downloads. The client felt that jācapps was professional, responsive, and easy to work with. 

    "It’s rare to see this level of responsiveness, especially in the tech side of the world. jācapps has been fantastic to work with." – Director, Faith-Based Radio Station

    Former clients
    Ford
    South by Southwest
    PodcastOne
    Stoneco
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Bingham Farms, MI
    4.8
    4.8
    4 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    DiSciTech Award, , Corp! Magazine: Economic Bright Spot Award

  • 3

    Shrine

    Shrine Development is an app development company based in Ferndale, Mich. They were founded in 2017 and have a tight team of 4 employees. They specialize in mobile app development, web development, and blockchain tech for primarily midmarket clients in the business services, financial services, and healthcare industries. 

    Notable Project

    Shrine Development built an application for a big data firm. They used an SQL and a React library to create the back and front end of the application, respectively. They have also created a blockchain proof-of-concept using IBM Hyperledger technologies for the client in the past. The clients was happy with the outcome of the project, and was very impressed with the speed at which it was completed. 

    “Their overall value is unquestionable. They offer a combination of quality and speed that is hard to find in this day and age.” – VP and Co-Founder, Big Data Firm
     

    Former clients
    Wantify
    Freightroll
    Pinyada
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group10,000+ Employees
    place Ferndale, MI
    4.7
    4.7
    16 Clutch reviews
  • 4

    Apptomistic

    Apptomistic is a mobile app design & development company based in Orchard Lake, Mich. The company, founded in 2019, has a team of less than ten that provides mobile app development, application testing, and application management & support services. Apptomistic serves companies in the financial services, media, real estate, e-commerce, legal, and legal cannabis industries. 

    Notable Project

    A streaming service company hired Apptomistic to develop their mobile app. As part of the engagement, Apptomistic developed the mobile app for iOS, creating its custom video player from scratch, developed a subtitle reader, and implemented an easy-to-control geo blocker. Apptomistic completed the app which had no problems with playback or subtitles, and received good feedback from users.

    "Michael has an excellent work ethic and genuinely cares about his clients’ needs and satisfaction." - President & CEO, Streaming Service Company 

    Former clients
    Parti
    Vloggle
    Sidewalk for Small Business
    Glide Ventures, LLC
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Orchard Lake, MI
    5.0
    5.0
    5 Clutch reviews
  • 5

    Arbormoon Software, Inc.

    Arbormoon Software, Inc. is a mobile development and strategy firm based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Founded in 2004, their team around 15 serves clients in the healthcare, education, and automotive fields. Services include Android development, iOS development, strategy, design, and maintenance.

    Notable Project

    Arbormoon Software, Inc. built a foreign language software program for an education company. The team delivered an exceptional product in less than a year. They were especially good at implementing client feedback.

    They were competitively priced, customer-driven, and able to provide strategic insight for our project- CEO, Mandy and Pandy Co.

    Former clients
    Priori
    Netki
    NuStep Wellness Companion
    Life Goals
    WeCare
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Ann Arbor, MI
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    Crain’s Detroit Business “Top 5 App Development Companies”

  • 6

    Denovo Studios

    Denovo Studios is a mobile app development firm based in Detroit, Mich. Founded in 2015, their team of 25 serves clients in the computer software sector. Services include web development and advertising.

    Notable Project

    Denovo Studios provided outsourced design work for a mobile app consultancy. The team was knowledgeable and thorough. Overall, they excelled at communication.

    “The team is able to speak intelligently about what they’re going to do and what potential issues would be.” – Owner, Development Company

    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Detroit, MI
    4.7
    4.7
    3 Clutch reviews
  • 7

    One Team US LLC

    One Team US LLC is a custom software development, e-commerce development, and enterprise app modernization provider. They were founded in 2010, and are based in Troy, Mich. They primarily work with mid-market businesses in a variety of industries. 

    Notable Project

    One Team US LLC helped develop an emergency medical app that stores personal information to make patient intake easier for first responders. Their work increased the functionality of the solution, leading to more app downloads. 

    "They believed in what I was doing and were accommodating to my needs." – President, Medical App Startup 

    Former clients
    GOAT Pet Products
    Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy
    Emergency Medical Form LLC
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Troy, MI
    4.8
    4.8
    16 Clutch reviews
  • 8

    SharpQuest, Inc.

    AI Software LLC is a Detroit-based development company with offices in Irvine, CA, and India. Since 2009, the agency and its approximately 25 employees work with different-sized clients on their custom software development, mobile app development and web development needs. 

    Notable Project

    An automotive paint shop hired AI Software LLC to develop a custom software system. After the initial project was completed, Al Software LLC continued to provide maintenance, updating and adding modules to the software when needed. The client spoke highly of Al Software LLC's reliability.

    "One of the challenges of working with us is that things change often, and they’re [Al Software LLC] very good at reacting to those changes and implementing them in a way that's effective for our business."- Manager of Information Systems, Automotive Paint Shop 

    Former clients
    Jacobs Engineering
    SanDisk
    DataFusion
    FullThrottle Technologies
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Troy, MI
    5.0
    5.0
    10 Clutch reviews
  • 9

    Transcenda

    Founded in 2019, Transcenda is a design and development company based in Birmingham, Mich. They also have an office in Kyiv, Ukraine. They primarily work with midmarket and enterprise-level businesses. 

    Notable Project

    Transcenda provided development services to a real estate company. They developed a customized deal management system. Their work has saved the client time and money. 

    "Their creativity and passion for finding solutions are impressive." – Founder & CEO, Real Estate Company

    Former clients
    Tweddle Group
    Fuel Now Network
    Kymeta
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $100,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Birmingham, MI
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 10

    Brilliant Chemistry

    Brilliant Chemistry is a development agency founded in 2011 and based in Rochester, Mich. Their team of fewer than 10 provides custom software, web, and mobile app development solutions for small and mid-market firms in the fields of IT, e-commerce, and manufacturing.

    Notable Project

    Brilliant Chemistry provided web development solutions for a driver recruiting platform. The platform was built from start to finish with Brilliant Chemistry’s assistance. The site has had zero issues for the past three years.

    “Their technical expertise and being able to communicate stood out the most.” - CEO, Driver Recruiting Platform

    Former clients
    Michigan Lottery
    North American Bancard
    Doner Advertising
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Rochester, MI
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
  • 11

    Misfit Agency

    Misfit Agency is a Los-Angeles based digital agency founded in 2018. Their team of approximately 8 employees primarily serves midmarket and enterprise-level clients. While they specialize in digital strategy, they also provide custom software and app development.

    Notable Project

    Misfit Agency branded a nearshore IT development company. They provided creative strategies to strengthen the client's relationships with customers. Thanks to their work, the client has become more efficient and robust in their processes.

    "They have expertise in bridging the gap between a nearshore team and a client." — CEO, Nearshore App & Web Development Company

    Former clients
    Google
    Audi
    Netflix
    Adidas
    Sephora
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $50,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Detroit, CA
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
  • 12

    Systems-X

    Founded in 2001, Systems-X is a development and technology consulting company based in Montevideo, Uruguay. Their team primarily works with midmarket companies in the automotive, financial services, manufacturing, and medical industries.

    Notable Project

    Systems-X worked with a hospitality and entertainment company to develop a new operations management platform. The client was impressed by the team's proactivity and organization. 

    "They were always one step ahead." – IT Manager, Entertainment Company

    Former clients
    Constellium
    Flex
    Motus
    Jabil
    Codere
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Detroit, MI
    4.5
    4.5
    1 Clutch review
  • 13

    Clutch Digital Development

    Clutch Digital Development is a marketing agency based in Southfield, Mich. with fewer than 10 employees. They specialize in social media marketing, web development, and SEO services to various clients.

    Notable Project

    Clutch Digital Development provided web design and development solutions for a health retreat company. The goal was to redesign the client's website. Clutch Digital Development’s contributions helped double traffic on the website since the redesign.

    “Any and all issues were resolved quickly and the quality of work was exceptional!” - CEO, Health Retreat Company

    Former clients
    The Point Retreats
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Southfield, MI
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
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