Extraordinary mobile apps begin here.

CitrusBits is a mobile app development agency that designs and develops impactful mobile apps and responsive mobile content for businesses of all types.

Having developed critical mobile apps for clients including Burger King, Quiksilver, Symantec, and Sotheby’s, CitrusBits is trusted by movers and shakers across all major industries. Yet, we’ve also enjoyed helping small and midsize businesses and select startups turn their mobile aspirations into juicy ROI.

 

We’re passionate about leveraging mobile technology – including iOS, Android, Swift applications, virtual reality, blockchain, and The Internet of Things (IoT) – to help businesses disrupt entire industries and reach their loftiest goals.

CitrusBits has helped hundreds of businesses build game-changing mobile apps for more than ten years. Please get in touch if you’d like to talk about your next project.

 
$25,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2005
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Los Angeles, CA
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    Los Angeles, CA 90071
    United States
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Portfolio

Key clients: 

Burger King, Quiksilver, Altera, National Geographic, Symantec, and Sotheby's, to name a few.

We're also extremely proud of the startups we've worked with, which include ExtraPlate, Appthority and Fit With It.

Burger King

THE CHALLENGE

Burger King came to CitrusBits to rebuild and expand their empire. Reviews were showing that users were not satisfied with the previous iteration of their app, which lacked the multilingual and international capabilities a true ruler should have. Maintaining stellar performance when handling a large number of users is always a challenge, and in this case our quest was even more epic because we had to conquer 30+ countries (many of which suffer from unreliable mobile data reception) and deliver the app in as many languages.

THE PROCESS

We implemented sophisticated image handling, data synchronization, GPS, utilization of offline user... [Continue Reading]

QuikSilver App

THE CHALLENGE

Quiksilver came to us for a way to process orders and manage inventory for their 100000+ SKUs, organized by category and season, that performed perfectly across their 940 stores all over the world. The app needed to integrate with their POS and SAP and have a beautiful and intuitive UI that their sales team could learn to use quickly and efficiently, plus provide reliable shopping cart functionality.

THE PROCESS

CitrusBits created a blazingly efficient iPad app which connects seamlessly with Quicksilver’s existing technology for order processing. The platform isn’t just amazingly quick – it’s also incredibly powerful. Inventory can be managed in bulk, with effortless multitasking. We know that... [Continue Reading]

IrisVision VR App for Low vision

THE CHALLENGE

IrisVision brings the miracle of sight back to the low-vision community. By using live video feed and magnification options combined with the tech advancements offered in virtual reality, people who have suffered from vision loss get a chance to see the faces of their loved ones, and function independently again. The challenge? Package this life-changing adaptive tech into a mobile that performs perfectly on low-cost phone hardware, without draining the battery.

THE PROCESS

The IrisVision app was developed for the Samsung GearVR and ... [Continue Reading]

Leef

THE CHALLENGE

Leef is a California-based inventor and manufacturer of beautifully-designed mobile flash drives that extend the boundaries of mobile storage. Each Leef mobile flash drive has an accompanying Leef mobile app that allows users to transfer, view, edit, and share files from devices like GoPro wearable cameras and drones – directly from a smartphone.

Leef was just months away from the global launch of its new USB-C-based product when they tapped CitrusBits to build an Android version of their mobile app. The Leef team’s familiarity with CitrusBits’ body of work gave them confidence that CitrusBits would excel under the “crunch” of a fast-approaching launch date while delivering on their brand’s promise of seamless Android support and an effortless... [Continue Reading]

Rawvana

THE CHALLENGE

Yovana Mendoza’s bubbly laughter and charming personality have skyrocketed her to over 900k followers on Instagram in just a few years. With so many fans hungry for more of her masterful raw food creations, she came to us to update her app for iOS and Android so that it can continue to serve as the perfect recipe book for all things Rawvana. Since creating meals using only raw foods is far from mainstream, the updated product had to both inspire new users to give raw foods a try, and continue to quench her existing fanbase’s substantial appetite for all their favorite raw recipes.

THE PROCESS

As the Rawvana brand continues to grow, the app must grow with it. For version 4.0 we have... [Continue Reading]

JobFlare

THE CHALLENGE

Criteria Corp is a leading provider of pre-employment tests. Founded in 2006, it has quickly developed into one of the fastest growing companies in the talent management sector. They provide their 2000+ customers with skills, personalities, and aptitudes tests for over 1,100 job profiles. Criteria wanted to create a way to help connect talented job seekers with opportunities. We helped Criteria build JobFlare to engage with job seekers using cognitive games and connect those job seekers to opportunities.

THE PROCESS

JobFlare is a ground-breaking iOS mobile app that allows job searchers to play short 90-second games which measure attributes including general mental fitness, verbal and math skills. We don’t think a job evaluation should be another job, so... [Continue Reading]

ChemoWave HIPAA Compliant Mobile App

THE CHALLENGE

The chemoWave app has the important task of receiving data input from chemotherapy patients, and organizing, analyzing, and displaying that information. This was achieved with beauty and clarity, giving the patient empowering insights into their health and well-being. This unique service was held to high standards, making it Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant, to protect patients’ sensitive data.

THE PROCESS

CitrusBits collaborated with the founders of chemoWave – cancer survivors themselves – to create a virtual advocate that helps patients take control of their chemotherapy journey. chemoWave organizes data such as planned meals, exercise, treatment schedules, and more. The data is then transposed into simple yet... [Continue Reading]

Client Testimonials

Citrusbits Clients 

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VR-Based Android Dev for Visual Aid Device

"Our collaborative discovery process helped us develop confidence in their approach."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Mar. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

CitrusBits provides ongoing software development for a low-vision product, incorporating VR technology and customized Android app construction to create an intuitive UX with efficient battery performance.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Pleasanton, California
Tom Perski
Outreach VP, IrisVision
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Thanks to CitrusBits’ commitment to delivering the best possible UX, the device has attracted numerous testimonials and led to partnerships with industry leaders. The team’s accessibility, consistent output, and value for money continue to impress. 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the vice president of professional and consumer outreach for IrisVision, a high-tech wearable low-vision aid that uses virtual reality (VR) technology and customized software to allow patients with conditions like macular degeneration to see clearly and live fully in all aspects of life. As the lead product evangelist for IrisVision, I work with end users and business partners to expand our customer base.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire CitrusBits?

IrisVision has worked with CitrusBits since 2015 to develop, launch, and maintain the custom software that allows our low-vision users to see clearly. They continue to support new software updates as well.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to build an Android-based custom mobile app that could integrate with the top wearable and mobile VR devices using live video feed and magnification capabilities to help people with low-vision conditions see clearly once again. In addition to providing an intuitive and convenient user experience (UX), the app needed to leverage the hardware's capabilities in an efficient manner and ensure reliable performance without draining the battery.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We already were familiar with CitrusBits’ work. Our collaborative discovery process helped us develop confidence in their approach, passion, and commitment to delivering an excellent product on time.

Describe the project in detail.

CitrusBits worked closely with our founder, product team, and supporting medical institutions like Johns Hopkins University, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University to understand and implement our requirements from multiple perspectives: UX, technical, and medical. Their design and development teams used an iterative process with Agile methodology enabled us to track and guide their process of building a UX that our customers appreciate and love.

What was the team composition?

We work with a product owner, an art director, and a design team from CitrusBits, as well as their technical/engineering leads. Their CEO has also shaped our overall app strategy.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

In a short time, our product has generated a lot of interest and grown a passionate customer base. We regularly receive heartwarming testimonials from our customers telling us how the product has allowed them to see their loved ones clearly again, among other things.

Additionally, our product has been tested and validated by some of the world's top vision institutes, and we've established partnerships with leading hardware manufacturers and low-vision associations. None of this would have been possible without the excellent app that CitrusBits helped us build.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The collaboration between our teams was really strong from the beginning. In addition to holding regular calls with their team, we also communicate online through tools like Jira and Slack.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

We’re most impressed by their commitment to delivering the best possible experience for our end users. Few partners approach a project as if the product they're building will be used by people they personally know and care about, but we found this to be the case with CitrusBits.

Are there any areas for improvement?

We are pleased with our ongoing collaboration and haven’t found any areas for improvement. 

5.0
Overall Score CitrusBits is a crucial part of our ability to deliver the best wearable low-vision technology.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They met our deadlines without compromising on quality.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We've gotten great results from our investments with CitrusBits.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The app helped us become a leader in our field.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I wouldn't hesitate to recommend CitrusBits. In fact, I've already referred several leads to them.

iOS Trivia App Development

"They are a cohesive team of professionals who really care and want to do the best possible job."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
June 2017 - Jan. 2018
Project summary: 

CitrusBits took an array of storyboards and audio and graphics samples and converted that into an iOS trivia app, which was the first and leading product for several more games to come.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Eric Johns
Owner, Virtual Take-Out Casual Games
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team created an engaging and enjoyable game with a great UX that has received only positive reviews in the App Store. The workflow was marked by their consistent availability for addressing any issues, their professionalism, and timely delivery.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the owner and CEO of a startup called Virtual Take-Out Casual Games. Virtual Take-Out Trivia 2 Go is the first of hopefully many game apps to come.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire CitrusBits?

We hired them for their expertise in mobile app development to program a mobile trivia game that only existed as detailed storyboards along with graphic, audio, and motion sample elements.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to launch our startup with a top-of-the-line mobile casual game for iOS as its first product.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We searched online and contacted over a dozen viable mobile app developers. The clear choice was CitrusBits based on their website, case studies, and most importantly, their understanding of our project when we talked to them.

Describe the project in detail.

We came to them with the basic design and gameplay laid out in storyboards, graphic assets, and video motion test samples. We then had multiple meetings and with their guidance, it was made clear what was doable and how long it would take. After multiple stages of development with their highly-trained team, the app was completed in roughly six months.

What was the team composition?

We had the pleasure to work closely with a lead project manager and a production manager as well as several front and backend developers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The Virtual Take-Out Trivia 2 Go mobile app is now available on the App Store with its reviews to date being overwhelmingly positive. CitrusBits did a great job of pulling it all together into a fun and challenging trivia game and user experience.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The workflow was very effective as they always had someone available to take a call or address any issues or concerns that came up, all in a timely and professional manner.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The most impressive thing about them is their people. They are a cohesive team of professionals who really care and want to do the best possible job.

Are there any areas for improvement?

As a client, you always wish things could go faster, however, the CitrusBits team worked very efficiently and pulled it all together in a more than reasonable amount of time.

5.0
Overall Score CitrusBits does quality mobile app development.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They gave a projected due date and delivered!
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were very fair and reasonable with the cost of the project.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    These guys are professionals and the quality is outstanding!
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would absolutely refer CitrusBits to a friend or anyone else.

Mobile App Dev for Audio Software Company

"Working with Citrusbits was almost effortless."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Aug. - Sept. 2017
Project summary: 

Citrusbits created an Android app to support software sales demonstrations, highlighting key product functionalities through contemporary UI/UX design and rapid development to meet an aggressive deadline.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Mountain View, California
Douglas Schumacker
Marketing Leader, HARMAN Embedded Audio
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The finished solution attracted widespread positive feedback from internal stakeholders and impressed prospective customers, indicating substantial revenue-generating potential. Citrusbits’ prompt execution of all requirements, responsive communication, and flexible workflow helped the partnership succeed.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I lead the marketing team for HARMAN Embedded Audio. We provide complete audio and voice solutions for consumer electronics, IoT [Internet of things], enterprise, and robotics applications. We work with a range of companies, from startups to large multinational corporations. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Citrusbits?

Citrusbits created an Android demonstration app for a new software product. The app needed to be impactful, easy to use, and free of bugs.

What were your goals for this project?

The app needed to be completed with a fairly short timeline. 

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We talked with many vendors across the U.S. Citrusbits had an excellent grasp of the project, was highly capable, could meet our timeline, and charged a competitive price.

Describe the project in detail.

We provided an outline of what we wanted the app to do based on a previous demo app. We also supplied logos and content for Citrusbits to incorporate. Finally, we appointed a technical contact to clarify the functionality of the software that the app would demonstrate. We completed two iterations and a final tweak to address minor items before the app was complete. At that time, Citrusbits provided the final APK [Android Package Kit] file to us.

What was the team composition?

The project manager at Citrusbits acted as our primary point of contact and interfaced with the creative and technical teams. We also had periodic check-ins from Citrusbits' leadership team. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The project was a great success. We have shared the app internally and received highly positive feedback. HARMAN has high standards, so if anyone had concerns or issues, we’d certainly hear about them. We have also used the app with a potential customer, who was impressed with the software product, potentially generating a sale.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Working with Citrusbits was almost effortless: we provided input, and they executed. If they had any questions, we'd address them via email or a quick conference call.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Citrusbits is impressive in many respects, but their results stand out the most. We have a great app that allows us to demonstrate our product and produce revenue.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I have no suggestions for improvement. 

5.0
Overall Score They're a great company that never disappoints.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Scheduling was easy and flawless.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Other vendors were less expensive, but the result would not have been the same.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The work was high-quality in every respect.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I strongly recommend Citrusbits.

iOS App Dev for Campaign Management App

"They treat their clients well and I haven't been disappointed yet."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Citrusbits provided full-stack development for an iOS campaign service app, and remain responsible for its maintenance. They contributed to all aspects of the coding.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Stockton, California
Co-Founder, Campaign Management App
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

While the app was just uploaded to the Apple store several days ago, there are no problems with its functionality. Communication was efficient and included regular meetings to keep everyone up to date.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the co-founder of a campaign service app.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Citrusbits.

I needed someone to perform all aspects of the coding. I had ideas on how I wanted the app to be, but needed help creating the end product.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They were responsible for all aspects of development of the backend. For right now, it’s only an iOS app, but we’re saving up to bring the app to Android as well. The main goal was to give people the opportunity to create a campaign or certain goal, and see their friends or other people helping them. They contributed to design on the frontend; I provided ideas and we discussed a plan for the app to be unique. They now remain responsible for maintenance of the app.

What is the team dynamic?

My primary contact was their CEO, and I worked with a team of about 4–5 people. I met many of the designers working on the project.

How did you come to work with Citrusbits?

I was looking around and they were recommended by a colleague. I checked out the apps they did for other people and I liked the way their process helped you reach a certain ideal. I decided to go with them.

How much have you invested with them?

I have invested under $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in 2015, and the engagement is still ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The app was just released to the Apple store several days ago, and we’re in the middle of promoting it now. There are no problems with the functionality or with the upload to the store platform. We’re very happy.

How did Citrusbits perform from a project management standpoint?

They treated me very well. I was content with the work they did. We primarily communicated through phone and email and would have regular meetings.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Nothing in particular, but they’re a great app company. They treat their clients well and I haven’t been disappointed yet.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I don’t think so. Sometimes mistakes happen, but that happens with everyone so I can’t say anything based on that.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They will treat you right.

5.0
Overall Score I’m very happy with the work they did.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They're precise.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

App Development for Vision Board Mobile App

"What distinguished Citrusbits was their determination and willingness to take on a project that no one else wanted."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Mar. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Citrusbits designed and programmed an Android vision board app with complex subliminal features. They will soon begin work on the iOS version of the app.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
Greg Tosian
Owner, Subliminal Vision Boards
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app has received a positive response and is currently rated number one in the Google Play Store for vision boards. Citrusbits was exceptionally responsive, involved, and detail-oriented.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Our organization is called Subliminal Vision Boards. I am the owner, along with my parents and girlfriend. My position is in marketing, and I manage our relationship with Citrusbits through the whole process.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Citrusbits?

The law of attraction is a cool concept, and my girlfriend, and I believe in it. It’s quite a big thing today and a lot of people use vision boards. When people create vision boards, they usually cut up pictures from magazines. But, sometimes, they can’t find exactly what they want in a magazine. We figured a mobile device would help. For example, if you want to manifest a red Ferrari into your life, just go to Google Images and type in "red Ferrari." I also came up with the subliminal part because I know that attracting things subliminally can make things happen much faster.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Citrusbits focused on designing and programming an Android app for us, which turned out well. We supplied them with colors and fonts, and they covered the technical aspects. Before implementation, they made sure we were happy with everything. They wanted to make sure we were 100 percent satisfied before moving on because they did everything in phases. We had to mark off things saying, "It’s completed, move on to the next phase," which was nice. They made sure that we were on board with what they were doing. For example, there’s a feature within the app called Subliminal Take Five. A user can select this when creating a vision board. It allows all the images and text affirmations on a vision board to be subliminally inserted into the subconscious mind. At the end of the five-minute session, the app gives you a summary of how many times the images and affirmations passed into your subconscious. This accelerates the law of attraction.

How did you come to work with Citrusbits?

I was not familiar with the app industry, so I just started doing research online and contacting companies a year ago. Citrusbits was the only company that was willing to take on the challenge. Many companies said the subliminal aspect of the app was impossible. Citrusbits said, "We can make it happen," and they did. I definitely went with them because no one else wanted to take it on.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Citrusbits in March 2015 and the target completion date was December. It took them a while, but we wanted to make sure everything was perfect since our app is not your average app. The subliminal technology especially took some time, but they did a good job on it. Soon, Citrusbits will start working on the iOS version of the app. We’re excited about that.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The response has been amazing, and the app is starting to take off. Thanks to Citrusbits, we’re getting great reviews and ratings in the Google Play Store. We’re currently rated number one in the Google Play Store for vision boards.

How did Citrusbits perform from a project management standpoint?

From a project management standpoint, Citrusbits was on top of things. If we needed anything, they’re right there. We worked with Stacey Lee and coordinated using Basecamp, a software that Citrusbits recommended. It allowed us to communicate any issues back and forth. Michael [Greff, director of products and cofounder at Citrusbits] was great and responded within two seconds. There was no waiting time as all of them responded quickly. They were always available for conference calls. If they had questions, we were always involved. That was the main thing. They never did anything without our knowledge. It was a great experience working with people who made things happen as quickly as they did.

What did you find most impressive about Citrusbits?

What distinguished Citrusbits was their determination and willingness to take on a project that no one else wanted. Everyone said that it couldn’t be done, and Citrusbits managed to find a way to make it happen. I had interviewed quite a few other companies, and they weren’t ready to take on a challenge like this because of the whole subliminal aspect. They were also very detailed, and it was nice working with them. They called us up any time they had questions. I was impressed with all that they’ve done. To this day, if we need anything, they’re right there and took care of it – no questions asked.

Are there any areas Citrusbits could improve?

I don’t think there are any areas that need improvement. Citrusbits went above and beyond the call of duty.

5.0
Overall Score I’ve had no problems whatsoever with this company. We couldn’t be happier.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Citrusbits was always ahead of schedule. We would sit down with them and go over guidelines and timelines.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The cost was very good. They were competitive compared with other companies.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The quality and service was undeniably top-notch. They were always there when we needed them.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We’re very satisfied with everything that’s happened, and we feel that if they can do a good job for us, they can do a good job for anybody.

App Development for Global Restaurant Chain

"We have been impressed by the quality and speed of work delivered by Citrusbits."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

Citrusbits developed a multilingual mobile app for iOS and Android platforms. They also completed an online CMS. Phase one of the project is complete, but the engagement is ongoing.

The Reviewer
 
10,001+ Employees
 
Miami, Florida
Communications Manager, Latin America, Global Restaurant Chain
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app has an average of 4.5 stars in the Apple and Google Play stores, and has had thousands of downloads. The client is also migrating 250,000 users from their previous apps to the new one.

BACKGROUND

I work for a global restaurant chain operating in Latin America. I am the Communications Manager for the region.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

We were looking for a mobile app company to design and develop a multi-language, multi-country couponing app for both Android and iOS operating systems. Each country needed to be able to customize their content through an easy to use online CMS [content management system]. The goal of the apps is to improve restaurant sales and traffic.

SOLUTION

We did a big search and got many good referrals, and in the end we went with Citrusbits. We felt they were the hungriest for the job and they were aligned with us on their hard work ethic. The project lasted 9 months and in that time they delivered:

  1. An online CMS available in 3 languages.
  2. An Android app available in 3 languages.
  3. An iOS app Available in 3 languages.

All deliverables successfully passed all quality assurance and legal requirements. Phase one of the project has already been completed. The application is live and in the Apple and Google stores.

We have an ongoing relationship with Citrusbits, as we are constantly working on upgrades and new features for the app, and developing strategies to expand the app to a larger user base.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Citrusbits did an excellent job in delivering all that was requested of them, and they did it all in an extremely professional, timely manner and on budget. The app Citrusbits designed and built has seen thousands of downloads and has an average of 4.5 stars in the Apple and Google Play stores. As a result of this success, we are also in the process of migrating 250,000 users from our other apps to this application.

The team was enthusiastic and driven from the get-go. We were very impressed by Citrusbits’ work ethic, professionalism, and enthusiasm about the project. The deliverables we received throughout the development process were on-time and top quality. I have no improvements to suggest for Citrusbits as we are thoroughly satisfied. We have been impressed by the quality and speed of work delivered by Citrusbits.

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 Development for Daily Deals Website

"The [Citrusbits] team did an awesome job in not only developing a great UI, but also delivering a great UX experience."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

Citrusbits created a mobile daily deals app that relied on excellent UX. The app included functionalities such as GPS, alerts, and notifications.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area
VP, Chief Marketing Officer, Parago
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The customer was very pleased with the product, especially the UI/UX. They praised Citrusbits for their flexibility, organization, and level of visibility.

BACKGROUND

I work for Parago, a Blackhawk Network Company. I am the vice president and chief marketing officer of the Beget Division, which was focused on building a daily deal business competing with Groupon and Social Living. 

Blackhawk Network is a global organization operating in 24 countries and leads the market in being the pioneering leader in all things prepaid – partners with the best and biggest brands and retailers to provide a wide selection of desirable gift cards, prepaid digital products, prepaid telecom products, and financial service products via a global distribution network.

Our products can be found wherever consumers shop – both in-store and online – including grocery, mass merchants, convenience, specialty retailers, financial service providers and mobile wallets. Our patented technology and systems ensure smooth processing of prepaid transactions, accurate product delivery, targeted marketing programs, and more.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

In 2011, right around when Groupon's daily deal business was taking off, and many daily deal providers were emerging, we launched a new division to build a daily deal business that required developing a new ecommerce platform from zero lines of code with the plan to have the business in multiple markets around the United States in less than a year. We built the product in-house, but didn't have bandwidth, resources, or skill set to get a mobile app with this launch. 

A strong mobile app was crucial for the success of this project. Back then, even Groupon didn't have the GPS finder features in their app, and this was an opportunity for us to launch a new business with features and functionalities that make the product sticky and deliver a much better experience than what was available by our competitors.

The goal was to deliver an experience with this app that can go beyond the mobile responsiveness, and provide features and functionalities that can be mobile specific like GPS finder, alerts, and notification. Additionally, we needed a strong UX/UI [user experience/user interface], much better than our competitors with a very sleek interface making it easy for users to find the right offer through hundreds of available offers. The UX was extremely important for the success of this product. 

SOLUTION

We spoke to many vendors and, through the due diligence, we found either they couldn't deliver the product in time or lack the design and UX capabilities we needed that can fit well with the website and mobile experience we built. 

The Citrus team was very responsive in the sales process. Mobile apps with the functionality we were asking were not fairly common. We didn't understand how much we should be paying for such a project.

The Citrus team helped us flush out the requirements, which helped us understand the complexities and opportunities, and we were pleased with the process used to help us understand the cost. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

The team did an awesome job in not only developing a great UI, but also delivering a great UX experience that made the app desirable to our customers. The project was delivered within the expected timeline. We changed some of the scope in the middle of the project, and team was great at helping us understand the implication of any delays on the original defined deadline, and descoping to get the high-value features set in the first release.

The Citrus team was very organized and kept us in the loop throughout the project. I should add they are a true agile shop and provided us with the level of visibility we asked thought out the project. All and all, we were pleased with the outcome. 

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

App Development for Startup Company

"Citrusbits has done an amazing job bringing my idea to life."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

Citrusbits developed a fitness mobile app, created a website, and produced a promotional video. The project is ongoing; the app is expected to launch in July.

The Reviewer
 
Startup
 
Sacramento, California
Owner, Fitness Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Citrusbits exceeded all expectations. The client was extremely pleased with the products and the service, citing Citrusbits' creativity, accountability, and design capabilities.

BACKGROUND

Fitness Groupie is a startup company that is creating a mobile app to help individuals connect with their friends, co-workers, or even strangers, to achieve their fitness goals.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

We were looking for a company who was extremely creative, accountable, and willing to work with startup companies. Price and personality were key for us when making a decision.

SOLUTION

Citrusbits built my prototype mobile application from scratch. We expect to launch the application in July. They already have created my website and a promotional video. The work is ongoing but we expect to be done in 3-4 months.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Citrusbits has done an amazing job bringing my idea to life. They have exceeded all my expectations with design and added features. They are extremely creative, accountable, and most of all, fun to work with. I highly recommend Citrusbits!

They are a patient and funny group that can work with non-technical clients. I didn't expect the process to be so easy and smooth.

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 Development for Lighting Specialist

"I am satisfied with Citrusbits. They've been very responsive."

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

After designing an app and completing its graphics, a small business hired Citrusbits to handle all aspects of its technical development. The app was used to remotely control household appliances.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Lighting Specialist
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app provided a useful, much-needed service and received widely positive feedback from its initial users. Citrusbits delivered consistently high-quality development work and excellent customer service. The agency impressed with their responsiveness and their ability to understand client needs.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are a very small company, consisting basically of myself. I'm a professional lighting programmer.

What is your position?

I'm the owner.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Citrusbits?

I work in television, and I contracted Citrusbits to develop an application where you can connect a mobile device to a lighting console, and control the console remotely.

The app is used both by my clients and myself. We are selling it in the hopes of breaking even on it but, essentially, we developed it for our own use. 

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

They provided the technical side of the project. I designed it myself, we built all the layouts, I did all the graphics, and they provided the technical solution.

How did you come to work with Citrusbits?

There was a long process of selection. It's not your typical mobile application. At first, we were looking for a business partner who would want to join us, and who would have the technical expertise. We weren't able to find that, so we started looking at companies.

Since the app is not anything that's been worked on before, and has nothing to do with regular mobile phone issues, it took us a long time to find someone who was interested. In the end, it was an individual inside the company, who had an interest in theatrical lighting, which wrapped his arms around it. They have an L.A. office. I went there, and we liked them from the start. They seemed like a nice group of people, and we moved on from there.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

It's on the low side of the $50,000 to 200,000 segment.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've completed the Android side. In general, it's an ongoing project. We've broken it up into stages, for financing reasons. They're currently coding iOS. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

We have gotten some user feedback, and it's been incredibly positive. The quality of the app is good, and its placement in the industry is good. People who use this particular lighting console have been hungry for something that does this. The people we've given it to, and the ones who've purchased it gave me no negative feedback.

How did Citrusbits perform from a project management standpoint?

I am satisfied with them. They've been very responsive. Again, this is not your typical application, so, while they have a lot of expertise as far as working on the software side, they know nothing about lighting. The entire time, we needed to guide them, and make them understand what the app is even supposed to do. They don't work in the industry, so there's no reason they would know anything about it. At times, I was concerned that it would be too much interaction, just a long litany of concerns. They went with the punches, and it was no big deal. I feel that they did a great job.

What distinguishes Citrusbits from other providers?

I'm not sure I can answer that. I don't have a ton of experience with other companies. We contacted a number of developers, and many them simply couldn't understand what we were trying to do. Citrusbits took their time to listen, and I do feel that the owner took a leap of faith. They had no idea what it would cost to produce. We kept telling them that we have it buttoned down, we have all the design specs, we know exactly what we need to do, and won't waste their time. In the end, they did need to take a leap of faith that it would work out at the price they quoted. I think it's worked out. We're certainly happy with the product.

Is there anything Citrusbits could have improved or done differently?

There are things that I would have done differently in terms of how we laid out the package for them. We did it in a lot of detail, but it was done in a number of phases. There was probably conflicting information in the various forms of specifications that we sent them. That was a problem on our part, not theirs. Their guys would look at one form of specifications for one thing, and another for another. Even when we gave them essentially the wrong information, it was no big deal to them. They rolled with the punches.

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

App Design for Health Center

"Citrusbits kept us informed every step along the way."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

Citrusbits used a healthcare center's ideas to design and develop a multi-platform mobile app. The agency was also responsible for adding features and designing the user experience. 

The Reviewer
 
1001-10,000 employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Operations Director, Health Center
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Citrusbits delivered high-quality work, which was reflected in the initial positive feedback to the app's early stages. The team also earned praise for their responsiveness, flexible scheduling, and ability to turn concepts into technically functional solutions.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We run medical clinics, drug treatment programs, and education and prevention programs. We're a nonprofit organization.

What is your position?

I'm the director of community programs and services.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Citrusbits?

We want to provide a dating app for young adults, that also has safer sex and health education materials built in.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

They designed the mobile application. They took our ideas, and used their experience to make it better. The final version is much better than we ever imagined. They've added several features that we didn't even know were possible. The app will be available on iOS and Android. They worked on both versions.

How did you come to work with Citrusbits?

I knew nothing about doing mobile apps, so I went online, looked at reviews, and made appointments with six different app developers. I think Citrusbits were the fourth we met with. After the meeting, it was clear that they were the ones to go with. They seemed very knowledgeable and spoke a language I understood. They've been very patient with us as we don't know anything about apps.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

Right above $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project is almost completed. It's been submitted to the App Store, and we're waiting for it to be approved. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

We've gotten very little feedback so far. We have an unfinished version that we use just within the company. The feedback for that was great, but we won't do real testing until we get the finished app on the App Store or Google Play store.

How did Citrusbits perform from a project management standpoint?

We're very satisfied. They've kept us informed every step along the way. They've given us enough time to figure out aspects that we weren't sure about, before moving forward. Overall, we've been very happy.

What distinguishes Citrusbits from other providers?

They have the ability to be responsive to what we needed, and take our ideas, and shape them into an app that people would want to use. I didn't really see that with the other agencies I met with. They were willing to make what we wanted, but weren't offering suggestions on how to make it better and different.

Is there anything Citrusbits could have improved or done differently?

Nothing that I could think of. There were a couple of little holdups, but always on our end. We didn't know how to get clearance from people above before taking the final step to publish the mobile apps.

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
    We have recommended them.