Top 10 App Developers Canada

by appstudio June 18, 2018 Time to Read Blog: 5 minutes

Canada’s Financial Capital, Toronto, is poised to be home to some of the biggest technological giants in the world. Unicorns such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, Lyft, and Shopify to name a few have made this vibrant city their home for the last half decade. Google doubled down on its Canadian Investments   by setting up an office in Canada’s Silicon Valley, Waterloo, and has also partnered with the City of Toronto as Sidewalk Labs to rejuvenate the Toronto Harbor Front into a sprawling, bustling smart city.

Not too far from Toronto in the nation’s capital Ottawa, the tech sector is experiencing a renaissance of sorts with enterprise software developers leading the charge by creating ground breaking products and achieving exponential growth. Important centers of commerce such as Vancouver, BC are host to major tech corporations such as EA Sports and Microsoft.  Even the Prime Minister, the Rt.Hon Justin Trudeau has taken a great interest in the tech space, and has recognized it as one of the top priorities of his government to accelerate innovation and job growth.

I have been a part of the tech scene in Canada for a number of years, and have been following and networkings with key players in the market to better understand the existing environment and the potential it presents. For entrepreneurs and established businesses hiring a mobile app development firm as an extension of their current teams is a herculean task that I seek to simplify for my readers. Based on the conversations with my advisory panel which comprises of prominent VCs, CEOs of funded start ups, and eminent academics, I have compiled a list of “Top 10 Most Promising App Development Companies in Canada”.

Here is My List of Top 10 App Development Companies in Canada

AppStudio:

Appstudio is a full service Mobile App Design & Development Company offering services in Native iOS Development (Swift 3.0), Native Android Development (Java), React Native Development & Unity Game Development. They have collaborated with Fortune 500 companies, Startups and Mid Sized firms across a spectrum of industries, ranging from Health Care & Finance to On-Demand Services, to create Mobile apps that are actively being used by Millions of users across the globe.

Clearbridge Mobile:

Clearbridge Mobile is an award-winning full stack mobile app development company that provides user-centric product design and engineering services. Founded in 2011, Clearbridge Mobile has developed over 200 apps for rapid-growth startups and Fortune 1000 clients that have accrued over 100 million downloads. Its services include strategic consulting, UI/UX design, development, QA and maintenance.”

Plastic Mobile:

Plastic Mobile, a Havas company, is a global mobile firm specializing in developing strategic and innovative mobile solutions across apps, web and in-store. Known for many quality, first-in-kind mobile initiatives, the range of services include mobile strategy, design, development and marketing – all inspired by user-centric experiences to push forward a world in motion.

Macadamian:

Macadamian is a full service software design and development firm. From product ideation to market ready – and everything in between, we provide a complete range of usability, design and engineering services. Our solutions are founded in design that thinks of the customer first while leveraging the cloud, Big Data, and the Internet of Things to deliver context-aware and adaptive experiences.

Pieoneers:

Award-winning web & mobile development studio in Vancouver, BC that delivered 50+ successful web applications, iOS apps with seamless & responsive UI. The team works with established businesses and ambitious startups in the US and Canada and creates high-value web applications, iOS apps, Android apps reinforced with great user experience, interface and product strategy.

Mind Sea:

MindSea Development delivers beautiful, entertaining, informative mobile apps, which are often featured by Apple and are highly rated by over one million users worldwide. MindSea’s approach is collaborative and multidisciplinary: the team includes experts in business analysis, project management, design, programming and quality assurance. All of them are creative problem-solvers who respond quickly to new requirements and communicate well with their counterparts in client organizations.

Consultica:

Consultica is a full-service mobile app consultancy working with top-tier startups and enterprise-level clients. Since 2009, we have developed hundreds of apps for iOS, Android and The Web. With offices in Canada, the U.S. and in Europe, Consultica is the preferred partner for dozens of companies which benefit from our high-quality code, user-centric design and expertise in mobile app analytics. Consultica is empowering Users to be better, faster & happier today than they were yesterday.

Freshworks:

FreshWorks Studio is an award winning Victoria, BC based firm that specializes in designing and developing mobile and web apps for commerical and enterprise interests. FreshWorks take ideas, turns them into cutting edge designs, and unlocks the potential of the company’s young, passionate, and talented developers to deliver superior yet affordable web, Android and iOS app development for startups and governments alike. We’re honored to be spearheading the digital transformation of the public sector, and helping new companies enter the thriving app market!”

Master of Code:

Master of Code offers full-scale design and development of integrated web, mobile and chatbot solutions as well as delivers its own out of the box products like Presentain. Founded in 2004, we’ve spent a decade building a team that prides itself on creating value for companies all around the world through delivering the highest quality products and customer service.

Underlabs:

Underlabs is first and foremost a software engineering development workshop. We develop native Mobile applications as well as apps for the Web and Desktop. All our software development and design is proudly conceived and built in Montreal, Canada. We’ve helped start-ups from initial concept to release in addition to post-production support in monetizing, with great success. Our success stems from our clients success.

 

Finishing Thoughts

According to the MoneyTree Report by WC and CB Insights, the app economy – a major part of Canada’s digital economy – will play a major role in the economic landscape in the coming years. Apps such as Breather, Hopper, Ritual, and Top Hat have raised millions in funding over the last 2 years, and are well on their way to achieving unicorn status. This proves one thing that the appetite for app based products and services in ever growing in Canada, and there are scores of entrepreneurs both with technical and non-technical backgrounds lurking in the alleys of incubators and accelerators looking to pounce on these opportunities.

While technical entrepreneurs (now reduced to a rather small number due to the brain drain to the south of the border lured by the charm offensive of the Silicon Valley) are more adept at developing their own applications, the non technical founders however rely on a plethora of mobile app developers and app development companies to bring their ideas to life.

As someone who has built (and failed) at an app based business, I’ve worked with a few app developers (freelancers) and app development companies; I can tell you from experience that finding the right app development partner is more important than saving a few thousand in building your product. A company that is the right fit for your business should clearly understand business requirements, provide additional value by finding ways of optimizing and enhancing business processes, and above all have superior UI/UX skills.

About the Author

Ali Khan is an Independent Tech Journalist with a core focus on Emerging Technologies, Software Development, Decentralized Apps & User Experience Design. Ali Khan follows the App Development industry very closely, and on a day-to-day basis; conducting both primary and secondary Research that involves:

  •     Interviewing app development companies around the world
  •     Interviewing mobile app Developers across the globe
  •     Evaluating SEO results for mobile app development companies, and leveraging sophisticated tools/algorithms to assess each app development companies capability
  •     Interviewing firms that have 1) engaged an app development company, and 2) successfully deployed one or more apps.
  •     Interviewing Industry experts, veterans and gurus that have significant experience with app development, deployment, implementation and Maintenance.

appstudio

Appstudio is a full service Mobile App Design & Development Company offering services in Native iOS Development (Swift 3.0), Native Android Development (Java), React Native Development & Unity Game Development. They have collaborated with Fortune 500 companies, Startups and Mid Sized firms across a spectrum of industries, ranging from Health Care & Finance to On-Demand Services, to create Mobile apps that are actively being used by Millions of users across the globe.

  • Pretty fair top 10! I hope we’ll find Sidekick Interactive in the next years!

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