The UPTech Team was hired to develop an Android version of the client's existing iOS application. They redesigned a few features to make the new app more intuitive for Android users.
The UPTech Team produced a high-quality product that has received very positive reviews in the Google Play store. The client is pleased with the diligence of the development team and the competitive pricing.
"All around, I've been very satisfied and very happy with the work that they [UpTech] have done."
Introduce your business and what you do there.
I'm the CEO and founder of an app that connects voters with politicians that support them.
What challenge were you trying to address with the UPTech Team?
We wanted to take our iOS app and build an Android version of it.
What was the scope of their involvement?
We had an app that was completely native for iOS. The UPTech Team interpreted the code, went back through it, and developed a version for Android. They also did some quick redesigns and offered many suggestions. I'm a UX/UI [user experience/user interface] designer, but I'm more familiar with Apple – not so much with Android. We implemented subtle changes to the look and feel of the app so that Android users are more comfortable with the conventions that they're used to.
We gave the UPTech Team a hard timeline. If they got it done within that timeline, we could launch by a certain day. It was a short timeline – doable but quick.
How did you come to work with the UPTech Team?
A friend of mine has worked with the UPTech Team in the past introduced me to Shervin [Delband, director of U.S. Operations at ITRex Group]. He is their point of contact here in Santa Monica. I liked that we had someone in person in Santa Monica that we could interface with even though most of their team is not here. We had someone here in Santa Monica that we could talk to, but the price was definitely more reasonable because the development was outside the U.S. Obviously, development in the United States is super expensive. Development elsewhere can be much cheaper, but then you risk having some quality concerns. I liked that we had the best of both worlds in the UPTech Team.
How much have you invested with the UPTech Team?
We have spent $10,000 to $50,000 with the UPTech Team.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with the UPTech Team in early June or late May of this year . Again, their pricing model is a lot more cost-effective than anyone that we could find in the United States. The quality of their work is right on par, so it's made a lot of sense to continue working with them. We've made some changes to the Android build. They have some talented iOS engineers as well.
Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?
They were able to get an Android app developed within a month and a half, and it was a pretty quality build. They are almost entirely responsible for our Android app. I'm pretty sure it has a five-star rating in 20- or 30-something reviews in the Android store. Our iOS app has had many downloads. They've had some involvement with that, too, but it's been marginal at the moment. People have been quite impressed by how quickly we were able to get the Android stuff out there. Again, I don't use Android, so I don't have a huge frame of reference to what's the best and what's not so much the best. But, I can tell you that the app works very fluidly. It has all the components and features that the iOS app has, just similar or a little reorganized. I'm a pretty critical developer, and I'm very detail-oriented. There's nothing that I wasn't happy with about it.
How did the UPTech Team perform from a project management standpoint?
They're very organized in terms of project management. They'll keep you involved in that process as much as you want to be. During development, there were times when I was more involved and checking in multiple times a day via Skype calls. There were other times when I'd only exchange a couple messages for an entire week. It depends on how busy I was and how much leeway or direction they needed for certain aspects. If they knew where they were going, I'd let them go. I would just wait to hear back once they'd finished with every milestone they were working on. If there was anything specific that needed constant contact, they'd be updating me consistently. They're very responsive.
What did you find most impressive about the UPTech Team?
I think it's very cool that they have contacts here in the U.S. That way, we can talk to local people and still have face-to-face communication to some extent. I like that they're very game to jump on a Skype call at any time. These guys are super-hard workers because I know that the time difference for them is a little wacky. Whenever I'm doing a Skype call with them, it's 9 or 10 a.m. here in Los Angeles, and it's 8 p.m. where they are. They're always willing to work around my schedule, which has been very nice of them. All around, I've been very satisfied and very happy with the work that they have done.
Are there any areas the UPTech Team could improve?
I actually wish that some of the developers that I've been Skyping with consistently were here in the U.S. Sometimes, it's just easier to get a point across in person. That would probably be my only critique.