Mobile app partner for leading software companies

DECODE is a professional services firm specialized in developing mobile apps for iOS and Android - native and React Native - a vibrant group of highly skilled engineers, with years of experience in various domains, such as telco, fintech, IoT, etc.

We are a mobile software consultancy, developing tailor-made apps for Android and iOS.
We add value by creativity, engineering expertise and reliable delivery.
We build long-term partnerships, working with our customers, not for them.
The way we work is by providing self-managed, dedicated teams.

 
$25,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2012
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Zagreb, Croatia
headquarters

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Metaswith - DECODE is the key partner for their unified communication mobile clients Assecco - they handpicked DECODE as a partner on their mobile banking app development project Kiën - We developed sleek native Android and iOS apps that allow users to control the Kiën lights in their home according to their mood

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Mobile App Dev for Telecommunications Company

"DECODE are one of our most trusted suppliers and we’re pleased to have them as a partner."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
July 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

DECODE HQ supports an in-house engineering team to enhance existing products and develop new solutions for Android and iOS platforms. This involves design and development.

The Reviewer
 
501-1,000 Employees
 
Enfield, United Kingdom
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The vendor's support fosters a steady release cycle. All of their work is of high quality with minimal bugs. The team collaborates well with stakeholders, easily blending into the existing culture. They bring a depth of expertise to the engagement, even helping to train other engineers.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

We are one of the longest-lasting telecom software vendors. We are powering more than 1,000 service providers globally, including tier-1 telecom operators. I am a director of engineering in charge of client products for mobile phones and desktops.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire DECODE HQ?

We hired DECODE to work jointly with our in-house engineering team on improving the existing and develop new mobile products for Android and iOS platforms.

What were your goals for this project?

Our mobile communication clients had to provide carrier-grade group communications services to network operators by blending the native dialer of the smartphone with network-based voice and messaging, multiple personas, unified communications, and collaboration. Mobile apps complement our backend platforms enabling us to offer an end-to-end solution to our customers. We want mobile clients to be state-of-the-art, having superb UX and quality of service.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We compiled a list of potential vendors for the project, based mostly on referrals and previous experiences from our organization’s members. Initially, there were 3 vendors which we contacted and reviewed, 2 of which went through a thorough selection process involving senior members of the engineering organization (VP level). Decisive points for choosing DECODE were their agility, previous experience in similar projects and expertise demonstrated in the selection process.

Describe the project in detail.

DECODE were responsible for design and implementation of enhancements and features of Android and iOS apps based on specifications and UI/UX designs provided by us.

What was the team composition?

Changed over time depending on our demands - 1 or 2 leads, with 3-7 engineers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We managed to have the first version of one of our new apps ready for commercial trials in well under a year of starting to work with DECODE and maintained a steady release cycle over the next year adhering to the highest quality standards. The UX and the overall usability of our apps increased significantly as a result of DECODE augmenting our development capacities. We are seeing low numbers of bugs and issues in the apps and DECODE are addressing them promptly.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

DECODE team members are embedded in our engineering process, using the same development and collaboration tools like our staff (e.g. Jira, Slack, etc.). Inter-teams' communication was smooth and effective, especially between our designers and DECODE’s developers. We held regular conference calls and face-to-face meetings when needed. DECODE engineers’ work attitude and professional ethics met our expectations, very similar to our own and we experienced no cultural or any other discrepancies. With DECODE being based in mainland Europe, we only had 1-hour time difference which posed no practical problem.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

DECODE are one of our most trusted suppliers and we’re pleased to have them as a partner. They have built a reputation as supplying quality code at the exacting standards we expect of our own developers. Working with DECODE is a pleasure. Their expertise on iOS and Android is excellent and as well as working well with my team they’ve also presented workshops on mobile development to help train up my less experienced engineers.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Our collaboration with DECODE was excellent. One area that we’d like to extend is testing and we’d like to see DECODE taking on more responsibility for not just unit testing, but fully owning functional testing as well and we are already working with them on making that happen.

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

App Development for Vitamin Company

"Their communication was highly responsive, they were proactive and had that youthful zeal."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
July 2016 - Oct. 2017
Project summary: 

DECODE HQ developed a mobile app for a vitamin company. Their team created native versions of both iOS and Android apps as well as the backend web system. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Zagreb, Croatia
Dean Vranić
CEO, Vitastiq d.o.o.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The earliest version of the app attracted clients, tech experts, and journalists, and the subsequent version has been downloaded thousands of times. DECODE HQ is responsive and adaptable, prioritizing the relationship with their client. Their team goes above and beyond to deliver quality results.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the founder and CEO of Vitastiq Inc, an Indiegogo-backed lifestyle product startup from Zagreb, Croatia. Vitastiq is a company behind the world's first personal gadget that helps track your vitamin and mineral trend using a smartphone. Vitastiq provides information about 26 vitamins and minerals and their natural sources.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire DECODE HQ?

A companion mobile application is a crucial part of our product that is based on the vitamin tracking device. As a consumer product startup, we didn’t have the needed software engineering capabilities in house, so we hired DECODE to build the mobile application for us.

What were your goals for this project?

As a startup, we wanted our innovative product to grow fast. A mobile app is the only way to consume the device’s readings and derive value from them, so it was of utmost importance for us to be simple, intuitive and superb in usability and UX. The mobile app development project had a major impact on our company’s overall business, right next to the device itself.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We found ourselves in a position where we had to disengage from our initial app vendor on account of their inability to deliver such a demanding project. DECODE came highly recommended from our hardware platform vendor, who had done business with them before and were convinced in their capability. It was DECODE’s agility, overall technical expertise and previous experience with mobile-connected devices that made our core team decide to go with them.

Describe the project in detail.

We had the hardware figured out but we were looking for a dependable partner to develop the app that would sync with the hardware pen that scans vitamin and mineral levels. The goal of the app was to display and track the data from the vitamin checks and help their users make educated decisions about their health.

Accurate and reliable communication between the mobile phone (app) and the pen was one of the key technical requirements. In addition to implementing native mobile applications for iOS and Android, 3 different versions for each platform, DECODE also worked with our team on the backend web system. DECODE also provided consultancy on all technical aspects of the product.

What was the team composition?

DECODE’s team consisted of 1 Android, 1 iOS developer and a technical lead that managed the project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The first app versions were more than good enough to attract early adopters, technology enthusiast, and journalists - WIred named us “the coolest thing in their office” at the time. Based on that initial feedback and learnings, we worked with DECODE on quickly releasing subsequent versions with improvements and new features, which led to thousands of downloads in the first months.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Working with DECODE was no different than working with our own staff. The communication was very open, both ways, which enabled us all to be very efficient. Our offices are literally “across the street”, so most of our meetings and workshops were face to face. DECODE delivered on their promises, making set deadlines with no exceptions and being much more than “just” a vendor, a true partner.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

While working on Vitastiq, DECODE pulled all the stops. Of course, they delivered the project, but what’s also important is the relationship with us and the way they work. Their communication was highly responsive, they were proactive and had that youthful zeal. I don’t know how they did it, but the whole time we were working together, we felt like we were their only client!

Are there any areas for improvement?

The only thing I “regret” about working with DECODE was not knowing them earlier so we could have hired them from the very beginning. 

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