Our Top Picks

BeVirtual
BeVirtual
  • ECommerce
  • Business services
BeVirtual specializes in web design, development and online marketing — integrating the design of UX/UI into each project — and provides a variety of online marketing services in order to maximize traffic for clients. Their proprietary online tools are designed to work with a full range of platforms and devices, including mobile devices, and the company claims to refund any client’s project on which they fail to deliver ROI. Among the services they deliver outside the development remit are customized third-party integrations, multi-platform and pay-per-click (PPC) advertising and White Hat SEO.

Summary

BeVirtual
BeVirtual
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    1800 Century Park East 600 Los Angeles, CA 90067
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    800-604-2526
  • Service Lines
    Web Design
    Web Development
    Branding
Industry Focus
  • ECommerce
  • Business services
CitrusBits
CitrusBits
  • Consumer products & services
  • Business services
  • Health Care & Medical
With more than a decade’s experience in the mobile app marketplace, CitrusBits works on mobile apps for companies of a wide range of sizes and industries, and counts small businesses specifically as approximately 40% of its clientele.

CitrusBits develops solutions for both Android and iOS and enjoys positive word-of-mouth from clients on adherence to timelines and deadlines, strong communication and the delivery of high-end product. Along with the service lines covered in the features table below, the firm also provides specialized healthcare and blockchain apps and consults on overall digital strategy to help companies reimagine, build and deploy online tools that engage their audiences.

Summary

CitrusBits
CitrusBits
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    87 E Green St, #309, Pasadena, CA 91105
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    925-452-6012
  • Service Lines
    Mobile App Development
    AR/VR Development
Industry Focus
  • Consumer products & services
  • Business services
  • Health Care & Medical
ClearSummit
ClearSummit
  • Arts, entertainment & music
  • Consumer products & services
  • Business services
ClearSummit’s team brings considerable collective experience to bear on mobile app development. This has resulted in a distinctive proprietary offering for small businesses and the ClearSummit Starter Kit, built to replicate some of the most common methodologies implemented in a wide range of the software solutions the company has previously delivered.

The Starter Kit software aims at providing end-to-end app functionality designed to avoid repetitive re-writing of similar code and implements a standardized framework for customizable analytics, searching, e-commerce, API and other features. For companies that need custom apps beyond the Starter Kit, ClearSummit lays out a four-stage development process to identify and meet targets and deliver product.

Summary

ClearSummit
ClearSummit
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    1424 4th St. Ste 214 Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    323-940-3353
  • Service Lines
    Mobile App Development
    UX/UI Design
    Web Development
Industry Focus
  • Arts, entertainment & music
  • Consumer products & services
  • Business services
Coalition
Coalition Technologies
  • eCommerce
Coalition Technologies specializes in extensive SEO services and website design with the aim of gently guiding prospects toward purchasing, increasing ROI and boosting clients’ visibility in all kinds of environments, with smooth functionality on all devices types including mobile devices.

Coalition Technologies offers continuous engagement with clients at every stage of creating a website and optimizing its searchability from brainstorming through development, all the way to ongoing support and maintenance. The firm offers design services and comprehensive e-commerce solutions compatible with platforms including WordPress, Shopify, WooCommerce, Magento, and BigCommerce.

Summary

Coalition
Coalition Technologies
  • Starting Price
    • $50 - $99 / hr
  • Address
    3750 S Robertson Blvd Suite #200 Culver City, CA 90232
  • Number of Employees
    50 - 249
  • Phone Number
    310-827-3890
  • Service Lines
    Search Engine Optimization
    Web Design
    Pay Per Click
Industry Focus
  • eCommerce
Dogtown-Media
Dogtown Media
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Financial services
  • Media
Dogtown Media has launched more than 200 mobile products since its founding in 2011, working with both startups and Fortune 500 clients. Specializing in iPhone and iPad app development — but also producing software for Android — and offering both wearable and Internet of Things (IoT) apps, Dogtown Media offers FinTech, EdTech and healthcare tools.

The firm emphasizes its ability to integrate its products with social media platforms and geo-locating map services, and just over two-thirds of its client base consists of small and mid-sized businesses. It enjoys positive word-of-mouth from clients for the intuitive design of its products and speed in working to address issues.

Summary

Dogtown-Media
Dogtown Media
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    228 Main Street, Suite 4 Venice, CA 90291
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    888-814-7010
  • Service Lines
    Mobile App Development
    Wearable App Development
    IoT Development
Industry Focus
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Financial services
  • Media
ISBX
ISBX
  • Media
  • Retail
  • Other industries
ISBX has built apps for major media and retail companies in several countries, but still counts small and mid-sized companies at around 80% of its total client base. It builds mobile apps specialized to the needs of healthcare professionals, creates educational teacher-facing apps for Android, iPad and Chromebook devices, builds blockchain and cryptocurrency tools, and crafts entertainment apps designed to foster customer engagement and deliver high-quality UX/UI design.

The ISBX team has earned positive assessments from customers for its organized and efficient workflow, strong client communication, and adherence to timelines and deadlines.

Summary

ISBX
ISBX
  • Starting Price
    • $50 - $99 / hr
  • Address
    3415 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Suite 1000 Los Angeles, CA 90034
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    310-437-8010
  • Service Lines
    Mobile App Development
    UX/UI Design
    Web Development
Industry Focus
  • Media
  • Retail
  • Other industries
PhD-Labs
PhD Labs
  • Business services
  • Advertising & marketing
  • Consumer products & services
Proudly advertising itself as “disrupting the world one app at a time,” PhD Labs has more than 15 years of experience in development and forged its way into the mobile app market in 2011. Laying claim to the design of a unique ecosystem focused on working with startups, the firm’s team combines project management, account management, user experience and product design, and multiple developers and assurance testers into a compact creative package.

PhD Labs advertises clear and careful customer communication and a vibrant creative culture as its key selling points. Though the majority of its clients are mid-market companies, the firm does work with a few small businesses.

Summary

PhD-Labs
PhD Labs
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    731 Arizona Avenue Santa Monica, California 90401
  • Number of Employees
    2 - 9
  • Phone Number
    949-391-7725
  • Service Lines
    Web Development
    Mobile App Development
    UX/UI Design
Industry Focus
  • Business services
  • Advertising & marketing
  • Consumer products & services
Rightpoint
Rightpoint
  • Consumer products & services
  • Retail
  • Information technology
Rightpoint describes itself as a global experience company, focused on helping its clients match the current speed of innovation with end-to-end mobile app and web development solutions. With hundreds of employees across numerous offices, it works with over 250 clients on the Fortune 1000 list and has created apps and software for a wide variety of purposes including transportation accessibility apps for the visually impaired, patient-facing healthcare apps, eCommerce apps for retail shopping, and business intelligence and analytics tools. Rightpoint works with a mixture of mid-market and enterprise-scale clients and does not have a specific focus on small business.

Summary

Rightpoint
Rightpoint
  • Starting Price
    • $150 - $199 / hr
  • Address
    730 Arizona Avenue Santa Monica, California 90401
  • Number of Employees
    250 - 999
  • Phone Number
    312-462-9912
  • Service Lines
    Mobile App Development
    Web Development
    UX/UI Design
Industry Focus
  • Consumer products & services
  • Retail
  • Information technology
Rootstrap
Rootstrap
  • Business services
  • Consumer products & services
  • Education
Founded in 2011, Rootstrap boasts the launch of over 750 digital products with a total of over 100 million downloads since the company launched. The firm specializes in staff augmentation, leveraging emerging tech like AR and VR, and employs and customizes AI (inclusive of machine learning and deep learning), chatbot, and blockchain and cryptocurrency solutions.

Rootstrap lays claim to specific achievements such as helping Google learn to run app design sprints, helping MasterClass double its revenue and enabling Ownable to clear $2.5 million in a single Black Friday. Though the majority of its client base is enterprise and mid-market, the firm works with a number of small businesses.

Summary

Rootstrap
Rootstrap
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    8913 W Sunset Blvd #1/2 West Hollywood, CA 90069
  • Number of Employees
    50 - 249
  • Phone Number
    310-388-4039
  • Service Lines
    IT Staff Augmentation
    Web Development
    Mobile App Development
Industry Focus
  • Business services
  • Consumer products & services
  • Education
Sidebench
Sidebench
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Consumer products & services
  • Arts, entertainment & music
This award-winning strategy, design and development consultancy was founded in 2012 and advertises its product design team as being one of the best in the world. Sidebench takes a UX-first approach to its mobile app and web development projects. The company works with both enterprise and small-business clients and brings to bear a comprehensive range of solutions that include front- and back-end development, systems integrations, prototyping and user research and testing and extensive QA support. The Sidebench team gets positive notice from clients for its enthusiasm, expertise and flexibility.

Summary

Sidebench
Sidebench
  • Starting Price
    • $150 - $199 / hr
  • Address
    2912 Colorado Ave. Suites 201 Santa Monica, CA 90404
  • Number of Employees
    50 - 249
  • Phone Number
    310-893-3589
  • Service Lines
    Mobile App Development
    Custom Software Development
    UX/UI Design
Industry Focus
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Consumer products & services
  • Arts, entertainment & music
Sileria
Sileria
  • Consumer Products
  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Other Industries
A veteran firm founded in 2001, Sileria specializes in UX-focused mobile app and web development and in enhanced software solutions for AR and VR technology, wearable apps and embedded systems for robotics and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and research and development prototyping.

The firm brings together a multi-disciplinary team to deliver on its remarkably wide range of service lines — including graphics designers, developers and systems architects — and provides staff augmentation for all these purposes. Sileria’s team enjoys a positive reputation for honest, reliable staff augmentation, effective and efficient development work and stable delivery.

Summary

Sileria
Sileria
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    1447 Lomita Blvd, Harbor City, CA 90710
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    888-295-5110
  • Service Lines
    Mobile App Development
    AR/VR Development
    UX/UI Design
Industry Focus
  • Consumer Products
  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Other Industries
STRV
STRV
  • Consumer products & services
  • Education
  • Financial services
Since its foundation in 2004, this mid-sized firm has delivered over 400 apps and has garnered more than 20 design awards, working with startups and enterprise clients alike. Around 80% of STRV’s clientele are small-business and mid-market companies, and the team also provides strategic and market research consultancy, machine learning and AR/VR solutions, analytic and metrics tracking and post-delivery reviews and reporting. Its clients have praised the firm for proactive insights and advice, attention to detail and the delivery of high-quality products.

Summary

STRV
STRV
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    31 1/2 18th Ave Venice, CA 90291
  • Number of Employees
    50 - 249
  • Phone Number
    415-413-6870
  • Service Lines
    Mobile App Development
    UX/UI Design
    Custom Software Development
Industry Focus
  • Consumer products & services
  • Education
  • Financial services
Swenson-He
Swenson He
  • E-commerce
  • Enterprise
  • Other industries
This full-service custom mobile app and web development firm has been in operation since 2014, providing product guidance, strategic consultation and implementation and ongoing product support for businesses of all sizes. As with many firms on this list, Swenson He professes a UX-first design and development philosophy that focuses on delivering extraordinary user experiences in order to drive client success.

The firm claims a collective total of 350 years’ worth of software engineering experience for its team and a 97% client retention rate. Its client list is dominated by small and mid-sized business, and many of those clients praise Swenson He’s commitment, efficiency and quality of work.

Summary

Swenson-He
Swenson He
  • Starting Price
    • $150 - $199 / hr
  • Address
    407 N. Maple Drive, Ground 1 Beverly Hills, CA 90210
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    424-465-2525
  • Service Lines
    Mobile App Development
    UX/UI Design
    Custom Software Development
Industry Focus
  • E-commerce
  • Enterprise
  • Other industries
Wve-Labs
Wve Labs
  • Business services
  • Information technology
  • Utilities
This design and development company has been competing in the mobile app and web development space since 2015. Its declared focus is on end-to-end solutions for development, branding and marketing. The bulk of Wve Labs’ client base consists of small and mid-market companies, but the firm also works with its share of major enterprises and Fortune 500 companies.

Wve Labs advertises speed, transparency and value for money as key selling points and emphasizes the youth and dynamism of its multidisciplinary team, which delivers beyond its core service lines to leverage AI and machine learning tools, API development, logo and graphic design and brand consultation.

Summary

Wve-Labs
Wve Labs
  • Starting Price
    • $50 - $99 / hr
  • Address
    5855 Green Valley Circle Suite 204 Culver City, CA 90230
  • Number of Employees
    50 - 249
  • Phone Number
    800-588-9094
  • Service Lines
    Mobile App Development
    UX/UI Design
    Web Development
Industry Focus
  • Business services
  • Information technology
  • Utilities

How We Chose the Top Mobile App Development Companies in Los Angeles

The many LA firms competing in this space promise a dizzying variety of features and services. We evaluated the best mobile application development companies based on the core factors like multiple service lines, size of firm, and industry focus that are most important.

Multiple Service Lines

Most companies on this list deliver on the basic criterion of mobile app development. Having the versatility to offer additional service lines to complement mobile development is always an asset because every small business has different needs. Some of the most important include:
  • AR/VR development, referring to augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies that are growing more popular for supplementing everything from entertainment to training programs
  • Custom software development, which makes possible purpose-built CRM platforms, AI tools and other specialized solutions specific to a company's needs
  • IT staff augmentation, which makes it possible for a firm to supplement a client's in-house team with its own experts, making the fast and efficient completion of projects possible
  • IoT development, referring to the internet of things (IoT), which provides access to a fast-growing market for "smart" everyday devices of all kinds
  • Pay-per-click (PPC) digital advertising and marketing campaigns, one of the most effective means of connecting with an audience
  • Search engine optimization (SEO), which can help make a business and its products more visible
  • UX/UI design, since delivering excellent user experiences (UX) and friendly user interference (UI) can make the difference in attracting and retaining customers
  • Wearable app development, a broadening of the principle behind mobile app development that makes it possible to run distinct apps on items like wristwatches
  • Web design and development, key to having an attractive and functional company website to anchor a company's brand

Size of Firm

The size of the firm a small business chooses to work with can have a range of advantages and disadvantages. More employees can allow a firm to deliver more ambitious projects but can also mean higher costs. Smaller firms might deliver more affordable rates at the trade-off of a more limited scope. We've included firms of all sizes to provide a broad selection of possibilities.

Industry Focus

A firm with flexible experience in working with a number of different industries may well prove better able to understand and adapt to the business models and needs of specific small businesses. The industries we've identified here include:
  • Arts, entertainment and music, a sector whose goal of delivering exceptional experiences to consumers often pushes the limits of technology
  • Business service, providing for modern needs of the intelligent and agile business coping with digital transformation
  • Consumer products and services, dealing with customer relations management and managing the risks and logistics of product delivery
  • E-commerce, dealing with online transactions
  • Education, a crucial specialized sector undergoing revolutions in the delivery of curricula and training programs
  • Enterprise, a sector servicing large-scale corporate enterprises and their appetite for Big Data and AI solutions
  • Financial services, a demanding driver of data science and predictive analytics in the quest for fast and accurate information capture, service and risk assessment
  • Healthcare and medical, focused on tracking the specific data tracking and technical needs of the medical industry
  • Information technology, the fundamental backbone of the digital economy
  • Media, the business of conveying news, information and opinion to the general public
  • Retail, a major economic driver currently undergoing a major transition into a combination of "brick-and-mortar" and online sales

Questions to Ask Mobile App Development Companies

With so many mobile application development companies in Los Angeles each offering similar features, it’s important to ask the right questions during your initial discovery call or demo. To help you make the right inquiries, we put together a downloadable list of questions to ask your prospective mobile application developer agencies.

Download the questions to ask mobile application developers