IoT full-cycle software company

Brainbean Apps (BBA) is a full-cycle software company building an infrastructure behind sophisticated hardware products.

BBA’s competences in IoT-related projects include:

  • development of firmware
  • software
  • cloud solutions
  • engineering the connectivity between the smart devices
  • quality assurance
  • user experience architecture and design

Company has a cross-disciplinary expertise in Consumer Electronics, particularly in the verticals of smart home appliances, health and fitness gadgets, industrial and commercial IoT. The knowledge base accumulated across the business domains enables BBA to handle even the peculiar R&D projects.

Another strong point of BBA is established development and delivery process that results in transparent roadmapping and a product-to-market path within predictable budget and timing.

 
$25,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2015
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Tallinn, Estonia
headquarters
other locations

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Midmarket, Startups

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Background

The client approached us after previous four web development teams had been unable to deliver the desired product.

The scope of our work included:

Project rescue

  • UI/UX Design
  • Front & Back-end web Development
  • Quality Assurance
  • Technical Support

Challenges

  • Scalable processing of large amounts of data
  • Secure infrastructure for storing users’ information
  • A coupon system separated from Stripe coupons
  • Lots and lots of intersecting features
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Background

The Brainbean Apps team took on the project from scratch.

The scope of our work has been:

  • Digital Strategy
  • UI/UX Design
  • Android and iOS App Development
  • Front & Back-end Web Development

Challenges

  • Create a complex and
engaging multi-layered UI
  • The app needed to work with huge sets of images, so it was crucial to keep the performance on top at all times
  • Working with camera on the API level
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    Chronos

    Background

    Brainbean Apps has designed and developed an Android app, built a back-end for the whole solution and delivered a website for the client.

    The scope of our work included:

    • Digital Strategy
    • UI/UX Design
    • Android App Development
    • Front &
    Back-end Web Development

    Challenges

    • Create a reliable App that works smooth with unstable hardware
    • Make the product work with various Android devices
    • The app was required to work with a version of the firmware that was not yet finetuned and finalized at the moment

     

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    Switchmate

    Background

    Our team has built an iOS and Android apps from scratch.

    In addition to the development, the scope of assigned work also includes interface design, project management, quality assurance as well as working together with teams from Taiwan, US, India.

    Challenges

    • Extremely tight
    deadlines prior to app release
  • Deep expertise in Bluetooth and location services was required from the very start
  • Create friendly ecosystem for the app, cloud, firmware and devices
  • Rapidly changing business priorities
  • Dealing with poor documentation for firmware and cloud
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    Osmand

    Background

    First partnership dates back to 2012, when we started contributing updates for better compatibility with Android phones.

    Today Brainbean Apps are the one and only OsmAnd partner that has a unique expertise on the product.

    Challenges

    • Knowledge maintenance on a large-scale
    solution
  • Map rendering for various Android devices
  • Map styling and UX tailoring know-hows for different industries
  • Functionality customization for self-driving vehicles and fleet management
  • OsmAnd SDK creation for integration with other apps
  • Android code contribution for iOS version appearance
  • Industry-specific, advanced-level function library developed for future clients
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    Hideez

    Hideez is a digital key for securing users’ devices and data. It works via safe encrypted Bluetooth connection and secures all data with one password user should keep in mind.

    Background

    Client had a program core and a framework managing the firmware behind the Hideez keys.

    Brainbean Apps created an iOS app for managing the keys and an

    iOS extension for managing login forms in the browser.

    Challenges

    • Tight deadlines (the first demo was expected to be delivered in 6 weeks)
    • Create an app that would work with a program core and framework provided
    • Build iOS app with Microsoft-based Xamarin, a cross-platform tool with couple of peculiarities when used for iOS app development
    • Unreliable SDK as it was still in development

     

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    Mobile App Dev for Road-Mapping Startup

    "Working with them is both a pleasure and a wise investment."

    Quality: 
    4.5
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $50,000 to $199,999
     
    July 2019 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    Brainbean Apps helped create the app of a road-mapping app. They took the client's requirements and defined the navigation engine on which to base the app. They then launched into front and backend development.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    Holland, Michigan
    James Oonk
    President, Off-Road Almanac
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    Brainbean Apps proved itself to be a reliable software development partner. While development is still underway, the workflow has been extremely effective so far. The team showcased their expertise and professionalism by solving problems. The client can't think of anything to improve about them.

    The client submitted this review online.

    BACKGROUND

    Please describe your company and your position there.

    I am the founder and owner of Offroad - a worldwide database of trails and navigation software for the off road riding fans. Being an off road rider myself, I felt the importance of such a product for the community, and at some point decided to kick off this startup.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    For what projects/services did your company hire Brainbean Apps?

    Brainbean Apps have been actually turning my ideas into product requirements first, and requirements into ready to market navigation platform for off road trails.

    They helped us with selecting the navigation engine to base the platform on. BBA also helped select the most useful OSM and Mapbox features for the target audience to be implemented in the Offroad software suite. Afterwards, BBA was in charge of Android and iOS development, as well as web back-end and front-end development.

    What were your goals for this project?

    Our goal was to find a partner who will help us with scope definition and software part.

    SOLUTION

    How did you select this vendor?

    I’ve been looking for reliable software development team to work on my product, talked to a bunch of companies from Upwork and just from Google search. One of my colleagues recommended to pay attention to Brainbean Apps, so I contacted them, and they have been the most diligent in approaching my inquiry.

    They were willing to pay attention to the matter and investigate on the suitable map engine before the contract was actually signed - it seemed from the very beginning they are serious about my ideas. So I gave them the green light.

    Describe the project in detail.

    Offroad software suite is a worldwide database of trails for offroad riding fans that can be accessed in a user-friendly format on a website and through a downloadable application. It allows not only to access the lost of trails, but also to navigate through the trail both offline and online - even in the most remote areas.

    The software as well supports a community of off-roaders with a “Go To Place” features providing useful information, research and up to date news.

    What was the team composition?

    The Brainbean Apps team consisted of Business Analyst and Project manager, UI and UX designers, Front-end developer, Back-end developer, iOS developer, Android developer, Devops engineer and 2 QA engineers.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

    Right now we are working on app release. You will be able to check out our apps in the stores at the end of spring.

    How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

    It was effective enough, very effective actually. With their team collaboration we saw a few opportunities for future improvements.

    What did you find most impressive about this company?

    Their knowledge and ability to investigate and invest their time in solving non-trivial technical problems. Professionalism, communication, project management and technical expertise of their team.

    Are there any areas for improvement?

    Honestly, not that i can think of. I would definitely recommend Brainbean Apps as a reliable software development partner. Working with them is both a pleasure and a wise investment.

    5.0
    Overall Score Excellent communication and planning. I love they do not require too much of my involvement, very confident they will execute. Highly recommend!!
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      We have no strict deadlines, and the scope can often change, but sprints are planned well and the iterative scope is being delivered.
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      The Cost/Quality ratio is more than satisfying for me.
    • 4.5 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      Guys do everything just as they promise, often exceeding expectations
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer
      Happy to refer these guys for the work on any project.

    IoT Development for Chemical Safety Company

    "We strongly appreciate their effective collaboration skills."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    Less than $10,000
     
    Mar. - June 2019
    Project summary: 

    Brainbean Apps created an IoT solution for a preexisting app that manages a warehouse. Using barcodes and RFID, the software streamlines operations. The system can also be used on various types of devices.

    The Reviewer
     
    51-200 Employees
     
    Melbourne, Australia
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    The project was successful and Brainbean Apps has been asked to work on another project with the same team. They have extensive experience which became valuable when they faced several challenges. Throughout the project, their team communicated well, leading to a strong partnership.

    The client submitted this review online.

    BACKGROUND

    Please describe your company and your position there.

    We are a global leader of online chemical management and compliance solutions. We deliver chemicals safety throughout Europe, the USA, and Asia-Pacific regions over 20 years. We collaborate with hundreds of chemists, toxicologists, OHS specialists to help thousands of organizations, manufacturers, local and multinational authorities to take care of the environment and health. As well, we provide software tools for SDS Management, labeling, worker safety, chemical regulatory data, risk assessment, chemical classification and much more. My position is Product Lead.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    For what projects/services did your company hire Brainbean Apps?

    Brainbean helped us with the software side of a commercial IoT solution for our warehouses that enabled access management through barcode/RFID components.

    What were your goals for this project?

    We wanted to obtain an alternative software solution for warehouse access management, as well as secure the communication with the software infrastructure of the business (i.e. pre-existing apps of the devices).

    SOLUTION

    How did you select this vendor?

    I have found them through their agency Upwork profile, and was attracted with their experience in commercial IoT. From the very beginning, the BBA team showed up to be very experienced in IoT, particularly such kind of challenges, and eventually, they didn’t let us down.

    Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

    In our work, we use a specific brand of device for managing the access to the warehouses. The brand is quite famous, still, we were not completely satisfied with their native software. We wanted it to support more operating systems, to make it more universal and support more types of devices, to make the experience of our employees as well as accountability of the warehouses as smooth as possible. So we hired the BBA team to develop a new software solution for our business needs.

    What was the team composition?

    Xamarin Software Engineer, Quality Assurance Engineer, Project Manager.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

    We work a lot with different remote teams, and from my experience, I can confirm that the BBA team is better than an average one. We strongly appreciate their effective collaboration skills. Despite this project is over, we’re about to start a new partnership with BBA just this week. Let it be the proof of their good work.

    How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

    It was quite effective. Once a week we got progress reports so we were aware of the latest updates. We also had regular communication via calls and emails to clarify some points. The communication has been done through the Project Manager.

    What did you find most impressive about this company?

    The feeling that the BBA team is on the same page with you. I was enchanted with their total comprehension of our needs. That really means a lot for us.

    Are there any areas for improvement?

    Everything’s going great so far.

    5.0
    Overall Score
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    Mobile SDK for Video Ads Platform

    “Brainbean’s process-integrity was impressive.”

    Quality: 
    4.5
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    Less than $10,000
     
    Jan. - Feb. 2018
    Project summary: 

    Brainbean created a software development kit for iOS and Android, including API integration and video playback functionality.

    The Reviewer
     
    11-50 Employees
     
    London, United Kingdom
    David Monk
    Digital Solutions Engineer, Eskimo Media & Technology
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    Brainbean’s work was received favorably by potential end clients. Their accurate estimates, punctuality, and efficiency contributed to a successful collaboration.

    The client submitted this review online.

    BACKGROUND

    Please describe your company and your position there.

    Eskimo develops proprietary technologies and platforms that deliver measurable ROI to venues, events, and brands. We help attract new clients and build customer loyalty.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    For what projects/services did your company hire Brainbean Apps?

    We needed the help of a mobile development team to develop a software development kit (SDK) of our Video Push Platform project.

    SOLUTION

    How did you select this vendor?

    After reviewing a large selection of mobile development agencies, we decided that Brainbean was the best fit for our needs.

    Describe the project in detail.

    Brainbean delivered the SDK for Android and iOS. We asked them to build a couple of modules for interaction with the API and a UI container for video playback and ads.

    What was the team composition?

    Brainbean used a mixture of Android and iOS resources. We also worked with their project manager.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

    The project is still under development, but potential clients like the technology. We sincerely hope we can work with Brainbean on a different project in the future.

    How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

    Brainbean’s project manager perfectly handled the scope and the communication between our teams. Right from the start, they were highly organized and time-conscious.

    What did you find most impressive about this company?

    Brainbean’s process-integrity was impressive. They precisely estimated the number of hours required for the project and delivered the result according to promises. Plus, their team was helpful and skilled.

    Are there any areas for improvement?

    From our point of view, there’s no need for improvement.

    5.0
    Overall Score Brainbean is an experienced development team that perfectly knows its capabilities.
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      The project took slightly longer due to delays from our side.
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      The cost was acceptable.
    • 4.5 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      Everything was delivered according to our requirements.
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer
      We might get back to them for upcoming development tasks.

    Android App & Bluetooth LE Expertise for IoT Wearable

    "They have good discretion and they’re able to anticipate what you want and provide it to you."

    Quality: 
    4.5
    Schedule: 
    4.5
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $10,000 to $49,999
     
    June 2016 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    Brainbean Apps built an Android app and solved a connectivity issue between an IoT device and Androids using Bluetooth LE. They continue to provide support, UI/UX work, and more.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    San Francisco, California
    Luke Fromowitz
    CTO, Chronos Wearables
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    The technical know-how on display over the course of the project is impressive. The development team's clear commitment to the project and ability to meet tight deadlines is appreciated and the IoT product has been launched successfully.

    A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I’m the CTO of a company called Chronos Wearables. It's a new hardware company that produces a consumer electronic product that's meant to convert anyone's regular timepiece, whether it's mechanical, analog, quartz movement, etc. into a smartwatch by giving it some smartwatch functionality like step tracking and notifications. It’s an IoT device that pairs to your Android or iOS phone. My role requires technical development, product design, product planning, strategy, and logistics, among other things.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with Brainbean Apps?

    So our initial request was to help us with our Android application. We had already developed the iOS app first and had held off from Android until the iOS version was at a point where we felt it was foolproof enough to move forward with building out the Android app to increase the audience size. We had had another agency give the Android version a first shot and they sort of failed. Then Brainbean tool over, basically starting from scratch. They were able to make a really solid performing app, actually.

    What obstacles did Brainbean Apps overcome that the previous developers could not?

    The product is a complex hardware device, so we have firmware on the device and we need it to communicate over Bluetooth LE between the product and the user’s cell phone, through the app. The previous group got stuck at step one, which was, “how do we just pair it to the product and make sure it communicates reliably?” They were able to build a proof of concept but then it would work on only one phone or it would drop out pretty fast. They used up their timeline and their budget and we extended it, maybe even doubled it. They couldn't get to a point where it was reliable enough and that’s when we started working with Brainbean.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    There were some big deliverables and support throughout. They literally built the whole Android application – interface and everything. They also provided ad hoc support. For example, I had them help with some UI/UX on our website, development work on our website, UI/UX on iOS, some light iOS development, and other things. Generally, we either have our own designs or I'll kind of give them direction and if it's something that feels comfortable, they'll take that on too, which they have capabilities in-house for.

    What is the team dynamic?

    We're a lean company. At the time, we had maybe 5 or 6 people. They work alongside our technical firmware lead for a lot of the work, and I also work with them hands-on as well. The team on their side depends on the project. For the Android app, there's two main developers and project manager, plus Alexey if needed for escalations. For the website, it was three as well. It was a developer, designer, and project manager. For iOS, it was two resources or less, because it was pretty lightweight work.

    How did you come to work with Brainbean Apps?

    Actually, Alexey [Pelykh, Founder] reached out to me. I think he either found me through LinkedIn or was referred to me from another company that we had shared incubator space with in a hardware accelerator. I told him in brief what issues we were going through and he outlined the steps of how they would accomplish my project and he seemed pretty confident. Then he gave me some examples of previous work they worked on, which increased my confidence. Most importantly, they actually had a project that had quite a big issue, larger than ours, and they had already solved the problem. That client had shipped product that had firmware on it that could not be updated over the air. So whatever they ship from the factory, the customer is stuck with that sort of firmware on the product. Then something happened with phone software and every single product was no longer working. Brainbean had to do some clever workarounds that required talking to the device over Bluetooth and Android and iOS. The solution was highly relevant to my issues and a lot more difficult so I had a lot of confidence in them.

    How much have you invested with them?

    I don’t know the exact answer to that, to be honest. I don’t think it’s over $100,000.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    We started working with them around June last year and we’re still working together.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

    The device has been in use for a while. It’s going well – I haven’t heard any negative feedback from users. I don’t have metrics around usage in front of me.

    How did Brainbean perform from a project management standpoint?

    They’ve performed very well. We prefer to be lightweight. They use email and Trello for Scrum board. This has been my first time working with anyone from Ukraine and I didn’t know what the communication skills were going to be. Everyone’s English is perfect and they’re very flexible with their hours, especially the developers – they’re awesome. We had a critical deadline and I think one of their developers worked something like 36 hours straight so he could be on both time zones. It really helped us a lot to meet our deadline. The communication was quick. I rarely had to ask them for their status, so that was great.

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    I don't know if I'm just ignorant, but I feel like they are really good at working on these Bluetooth applications that have to cross-mingle between firmware and over-the-air communication with Android and iOS. That's not a very common skill. It's technically difficult because there's just so much fragmentation in the industry right now with different parts manufacturers and different production methods. It was pretty exciting to see how well their solutions worked. Plus, their QA is really good, too. They're quick, agile, flexible, and provide feedback.

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    I would say if they could have longer hours. They're not working any less than we do in America. It's just they're on a different side of the world. So that's the only issue and out of their control. They made up for that by allowing developers to have their own schedule, so it's nice to catch them when they're in their night owl mode during our daytime. It's nice to have that flexibility.

    What recommendations would you have for someone considering hiring them?

    I would definitely tell them to hire Brainbean.

    4.5
    Overall Score They’re very competitively priced and they're also able to do it right with not a lot of effort from the client's side, too, which is important.
    • 4.5 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      I’ve never had to wait for bandwidth to open up, they’ve actually met timelines, and they’ve extended themselves in crunch times to meet our deadlines.
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      The cost is equivalent to developers in Asia, but their skill sets are equivalent to what you would get in America.
    • 4.5 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      They have good discretion and they’re able to anticipate what you want and provide it to you.
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer
      I’ve worked at Samsung and with plenty of other development agencies. For smaller shops, I would definitely rate them as top or top two in my experience.

    Application Development for Transportation Advertiser

    “From our point of view, everything was great, from their communication and attitude to their ability to meet deadlines.”

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    4.5
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $50,000 to $199,999
     
    Mar. 2016 - Jun.
    Project summary: 

    Brainbean Apps was tasked with creating three applications interacting with a web server, with two designed for drivers (iOS and Android), as well as an Android application for passengers. 

    The Reviewer
     
    Startup
     
    London, United Kingdom
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    They served as more of a partner than an outsourced company, helping guide the company’s strategy with the project. The client will continue to work with Brainbean as they accrue more funding. 

    A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    We are a British start-up company based in London, which provides advertisement services to public transport companies. I am the director.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with Brainbean Apps?

    The goal of the partnership was to hire a development team that will take care of all the tech-related stuff involved in the project, so we could concentrate on the business model.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    The project consists of three independent applications interacting with a web server: two driver’s apps (for iOS and Android phones) and the passenger’s app (for Android tablet). The driver’s apps allow them to set a destination point and track the current location of the vehicle.

    The passenger’s app is used to interact with travelers. The main function of the app is movie and music video playback, which might be interrupted every now and again by showing relevant ads.

    The relevancy of the ads depends on the current location and the departure and destination points of the vehicle. To achieve the best result we decided that the following tools had to be used:

    • Xcode and Objective-C for the iOS application.
    • Android Studio, Android SDK, Dagger2, ButterKnife, Realm and  Otto Bus for the Android application.
    • Retrofit, Gson, Picasso, Google Location API and Google Places API for the Google Geolocation API.
    • Git for Fabric.
    • PHP7 and Lumen Framework for the API.

    How did you come to work with Brainbean Apps?

    We were looking for a company for about two months that could potentially fulfill all our demands. During that period, we looked into 15 different companies located in Ukraine, Russia, Germany, Latvia, and Estonia. Most of the companies estimated that it would take 6 - 8 months for development. This did not fit within our timeframe. Brainbean Apps promised to deliver a fully functional project in 3.5 months, and spend two more weeks for possible bug fixing and testing, all for a lower cost than what other companies were asking for. We looked into their portfolio and their feedback score on the global freelancing platform “Upwork”, which was very positive. We decided to give them a go.

    How much have you invested with Brainbean Apps?

    We have spent $65,000.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    We got in touch with Brainbean Apps in late February and started working on the project in late March. We had it fully finished by the middle of June 2016. The project is currently frozen as we are looking for investments. As soon as everything is sorted from our side, we will surely get back to Brainbean Apps and ask them to continue working on the project.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

    Currently, the project is in stand-by mode, as we are looking for investments to continue working on it. However, as Brainbean Apps helped us to build the product - it allowed us to build a strong partnership with some companies that are going to be very important for us.

    What did you find most impressive about Brainbean Apps?

    Despite the fact that we asked Brainbean Apps to just deal with the tech side of the project, they provided some advice and suggestions about the business model as well. Some of their advice was taken on board and helped us to achieve a better result than we expected.

    Brainbean Apps can communicate in different languages. Russian and English were the key languages for our multicultural team.

    Are there any areas Brainbean Apps could improve?

    We were very pleased with the Brainbean team. From our point of view, everything was great, from their communication and attitude to their ability to meet deadlines. There is nothing we could criticize about their work. There is nothing I would recommend that they should change in particular. However, I believe there is always a room for improvement, so I am sure they could still make their process quicker, better, and more enjoyable for both parties.

    5.0
    Overall Score
    • 4.5 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    iOS & Android App Development for Payment App

    "The cost that we’ve had for this entire project would be less than half of what we ended up paying if we had used them from day 1."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $10,000 to $49,999
     
    June 2016 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    BrainBean was brought in to put better finishing touches on partially built apps inherited from a previous provider and ultimately became the maintenance partner for the released apps.

    The Reviewer
     
    2-10 employees
     
    Washington DC Metro Area
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    The client has been very satisfied, especially given the rates. He is extremely happy with their knowledge of Android development and notes that their iOS team is still improving.

    A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I’m the CEO of a mobile payment app company that partners with bars and restaurants. Our mobile payment app allows a user to integrate directly into the existing point-of-sale system and open up a tab. It’s a nightlife mobile payment app. Let’s say you walk into a bar or restaurant. You press “Check In” and you automatically have a tab open at the bar. When you order anything like you normally do and you would be able to see it on your open tab on your phone. 

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with BrainBean?

    We were with a previous company before we started the project. We didn’t like where it was going, so we switched over to BrainBean for both Android and iOS. 

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    BrainBean only needed to come in for the mobile app development for Android and iOS. We’ve done all of the backend and design in-house. BrainBean took what the existing company had done, added a data layer, reformatted some stuff, and made the final product. For example, the iOS was already at 90%. They took the existing 90% and finished up the last 10%. For Android, I would say we were at 40% when they came in. BrainBean took the existing code, did the data layer, and added a lot of the technical stuff. They basically rebuilt the entire app from that existing 40%, making the app publishable.

    How did you come to work with BrainBean?

    Around 4 or 5 months ago, I was trying to bring on Alexey [Pelykh]. He is their founder for Android and he started BrainBean around the same time that I started working with him. I found him through LinkedIn. He has gotten great reviews on LinkedIn, Upwork, and other places. Because of reviews that I found online about Alexey, I came to know BrainBean. 

    How much have you invested with BrainBean?

    We have paid $30,000 to $50,000 for their services.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    Our engagement with BrainBean started in June or July.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

    We haven’t had a single crash of the app since we’ve launched. We get amazing feedback from bars and restaurants, but that’s also because of the UI and UX we’ve built in. That’s our design so it’s not technically them; we’re really proud of our design team. But I’m impressed by the fact that we haven’t had a single crash of the app since it’s been launched in the app store. That I do give BrainBean 100% credit for. If we had gone with the other company, I’m 100% sure that we would not be at that rate.

    How did BrainBean perform from a project management standpoint?

    They’ve done an excellent job and have managed the project really well. We’re pretty extremely organized, so originally we didn’t want a project manager on it. I think that was one of our biggest problems with the other company, that the project manager was horrible. We originally asked for no QA and no project management so we could just be on top of it ourselves. They insisted on having a project manager and the project manager’s been good. We have Skype groups where we address any concerns if something’s urgent, but we use JIRA for all the tickets. Basically, we input the tickets that we want them built in and they put in their feedback. It’s very transparent. We’re able to see what their developers are working on daily. They can leave comments in JIRA and we can manage anything that we need to. It’s been a very smooth ride.

    I think the biggest issue we had with the prior company was their ability to match our designs, actually just copy our designs when they were developing. That’s been one good thing with BrainBean that the other company didn’t have. The developers are very strong. Another good thing about them is that as we’ve needed more development time from them to make the product even better, they’ve brought in additional developers. For example, we wanted to launch much quicker for Android, so they brought in extra developers. We’ve had 2 developers from BrainBean exclusively working on our Android app. Alexey has been great in terms of managing our expectations and what we need at the time. Now the iOS app is already launched and the Android app is launching in a week. Even with that, we’re going to continue to use them for our maintenance package. They’ll probably keep at least 1 developer for us on a weekly basis for that.

    What did you find most impressive about BrainBean?

    I think their Android skills are amazing. They’re really good leaders when it comes to mobile app development. When we wanted to launch our app in the iOS store, the other company that we worked with didn’t know the proper steps. They didn’t have enough knowledge of the device that we were getting to launch the product in the Play Store and Apple. In contrast, I found that BrainBean is always 5 steps ahead of us. They are very aware of the process that is there for a startup to launch. They know the ins and outs of it. If they don’t know, they’ll do the research and let you know. We feel very confident about the device that we’re getting from them, which we didn’t have from the other company at all. That’s probably the best thing that they have. 

    Are there any areas BrainBean could improve?

    They’re extremely, extremely strong with Android, but they can be better at iOS. One of the new guys that they brought in was very good, but I guess they could grow a little bit more on the iOS side. They could have more developers on the iOS side because their team is mostly Android-focused. We’ve worked with the new developer from the past couple months now. There is a big difference between where he is now versus where he was 2 months ago. It’s not a major concern, but just 1 small thing if I had to find something wrong with them.

    5.0
    Overall Score I had a great time working with them. I wish we had started with them in the first place. The cost that we’ve had for this entire project would be less than half of what we ended up paying if we had used them from day 1.
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      They're available for what I really need. When we need more developers, they're able to bring on additional developers within a few days. I never had any concerns that developers aren’t going to be there.
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      Over the last year, we’ve gone through 2 app companies in order to launch this product. This company’s rate is almost 3 times less than the other company and it provides 10 times better quality. In terms of cost, they are extremely good.
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      I couldn’t be happier with the quality of work.
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer
      I would refer them 100%. I was joking with Alexey the other day that the bigger they get, they’re not going to have as much time and they’re going to have more and more customers.

    Mobile App Dev for Fashion Startup

    "They made good work of their communication channels, always making sure that we had the latest updates."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    4.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    Less than $10,000
     
    April - June 2019
    Project summary: 

    Using provided wireframes, Brainbean apps built out the prototype of a mobile application for a fashion startup. Additionally, they helped ensure a smooth product launch.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    London, United Kingdom
    Samraj Dhillon
    CEO, Fashion Kanvas
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    Brainbean Apps successfully delivered a functional application that drew 300 downloads in the first few hours it was available to the public. The team has extensive development experience, making them a strong candidate for future clients.

    The client submitted this review online.

    BACKGROUND

    Please describe your company and your position there.

    I am the CEO of Fashion Kanvas, an early stage startup targeting fashion creatives.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    For what projects/services did your company hire Brainbean Apps?

    We built a basic prototype of our application and needed to continue development with an outside vendor.

    What were your goals for this project?

    We hoped to address the issues present within the app and enhance the overall product.

    SOLUTION

    How did you select this vendor?

    I interviewed 10 different developers but selected Brainbean Apps because they were quick and trustworthy.

    Describe the project in detail.

    We provided the Brainbean Apps team with wireframes and relied on them to build out the rest of the application.

    What was the team composition?

    We worked with a project manager, a developer, and a QA tester.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

    We gained 300 downloads in just a few hours after we launched the app.

    How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

    They made good work of their communication channels, always making sure that we had the latest updates. They provided extra help at no cost so that my app could launch smoothly. I am very grateful for their service.  

    What did you find most impressive about this company?

    Their staff has a wealth of valuable experience.

    Are there any areas for improvement?

    Everything can always be done faster, but we were satisfied with the work and speed provided.

    5.0
    Overall Score
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
    • 4.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    Android App Dev for Wireless Telecom Company

    "They were very enthusiastic about the project, and they easily addressed any technical challenges."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $10,000 to $49,999
     
    Sept. 2016 - Oct. 2017
    Project summary: 

    Brainbean Apps was hired to develop an Android application according to provided specifications. The app allowed users to track their mobile network traffic usage.

    The Reviewer
     
    11-50 Employees
     
    San Francisco, CA
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    Although the project is currently paused, Brainbean Apps delivered a satisfactory product. They proved to be an active and talented technological partner. Their team capably solved all issues within the product.

    The client submitted this review online.

    BACKGROUND

    Please describe your company and your position there.

    I was a co-founder and the VP of marketing for a wireless telecommunications company. We helped clients design and execute different growth initiatives.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    For what projects/services did your company hire Brainbean Apps?

    We hired Brainbean Apps to develop our Android mobile application according to our specifications.

    What were your goals for this project?

    We hoped to develop a mobile app that would collect and analyze data as quickly as possible while using as little battery energy as possible.

    SOLUTION

    How did you select this vendor?

    We found Brainbean apps through a freelancing website.

    Describe the project in detail.

    The Android app was designed to help users analyze their mobile network traffic.

    What was the team composition?

    We worked with a project manager, two developers, and one QA tester.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

    The final product delighted us. It was stable, reliable, and smooth. The project was eventually put on hold, but it was not because of the quality of their work.

    How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

    We worked very well together.

    What did you find most impressive about this company?

    They were very enthusiastic about the project, and they easily addressed any technical challenges.

    Are there any areas for improvement?

    Because we partnered with them a few years ago, I would imagine that the product would now be outdated. But as far as the working relationship is concerned, no, we have no complaints.

    5.0
    Overall Score We consider the partnership successful.
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      They accomplished everything according to schedule.
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      We found their pricing to be very fair.
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer
      We interacted well, so I have no qualms about referring them.