Award-winning full-service mobile agency

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Halcyon Mobile is a full-service mobile app design and development agency that creates award-winning mobile products. We partner with startups and brands of different shapes, sizes, and backgrounds that trust us with their concept-phased projects or existing products. Our goal is to bring out the best from their vision with our world-class talents in:

  • Product consulting
  • UX / UI Design
  • iOS / Android Development
  • Web (Front-end / Back-end) Development
  • Machine Learning
  • Quality Assurance
  • Scaling & Maintenance

Accolades

  • Part of the FWA Jury 
  • Mobile Jurors at Cannes Lions in 2016
  • 1 x Google Play Editors' Choice App 
  • 2 x Webby Awards 
  • 3 x FWA Mobile of the Day awards 
  • Speakers at Droidcon Berlin, Droidcon London, Techsylvania and Edge Design Talks.

Press

The apps made by us were featured in TechCrunch, TheNextWeb, Mashable, Lifehacker, Re/code, iMore, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Independent and highlighted by Apple and Google in the app stores.

 
$25,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2005
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Cluj Napoca, Romania
headquarters

Portfolio

Key clients: 
LEGO Systems A/S, Red Bull Media House, POSSIBLE, Founders Forum / SmartUp.io, San Francisco-based robo-advisor startup, Airstar, TIFF, Subvrsive, Apperture, EdPlace, Roadz, MyMy, rTribe, Ryalto, Brightmind, Hey memoQ (translation software), Konversed. Own products: NeuralCam, Dollarbird, Dollarbird Classic, NeuralDraw, MimeChat, Tweet7
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NeuralCam - Night Mode Camera

Our second AI-based product, NeuralCam, makes it possible for iPhones 6 and up to take brighter and clearer pictures in dark or low light settings.

Services: 

  • UX/UI Design
  • iOS Development
  • Visual Identity
  • Machine Learning
  • Computational Photography

NeuralCam was featured by Apple in the App Store in the Photo&Video category.

More info on neural.cam.

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EdPlace

The UK's smartest revision app.


Services:


  • UX/UI Design (mobile, web)
  • iOS Development
  • Android Development
  • QA


edplace.com

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TIFF

The official app of the Transilvania International Film Festival for attendees keeping track of the complex event.


Services:

  • Product Consultancy
  • UX/UI Design
  • iOS Development
  • Android Development


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Roadz

The Swiss Uber for transport of goods.


Services:

  • Product Consultancy
  • UX/UI Design
  • iOS Development
  • Android Development
  • Frontend Development
  • Backend Development
  • Visual Identity


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Vern

Online digital insurance assistant


Services:

  • Product Consultancy
  • UX/UI Design
  • Frontend Development
  • Backend Development
  • Visual Identity


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Green

Fresh produce ordering and delivery app for the UAE market


Services:


  • UX/UI Design
  • iOS Development
  • Android Development
  • Frontend Development
  • Backend Development
  • Visual Identity


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SmartUp

The ultimate peer-to-peer knowledge-sharing platform


Services:


  • UX/UI Design
  • iOS Development
  • Android Development
  • Front-end Development
  • Back-end Development
  • Visual Identity

 



Interactive avatar-based chat app


Services:


  • Product & UX/UI Design
  • iOS Development
  • Android Development


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Dollarbird

Collaborative smart calendar app for personal finance management, with a spark of AI.


Services:


  • Product & UX/UI Design
  • iOS Development
  • Android Development
  • Front-end Development
  • Back-end Development
  • Visual Identity
  • Deep Learning (NLP)


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Dollarbird Classic

The smart calendar app for personal finance management.


Services: 


  • Product & UX/UI Design
  • iOS Development
  • Android Development
  • Visual Identity


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NeuralDraw

AI-powered fun doodling game app inspired by Google’s Quick, Draw!


Services: 

  • UX/UI Design
  • iOS Development
  • Frontend Development
  • Backend Development
  • Visual Identity
  • Deep Learning (Computer Vision)
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rTribe

Social recovery app from addiction


Services:


  • UX/UI Design
  • iOS Development
  • Android Development
  • Front-end Development


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Ryalto

Healthcare staff management software


Services:


  • UX/UI Design
  • iOS Development
  • Android Development
  • Front-end Development
  • Back-end Development


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Brightmind

A guided meditation app, customized to users’ preferences.


Services:

  • UI Design
  • Android Development


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Red Bull Alert

The official alarm clock app from Red Bull Media House



Services: 


  • UX Design
  • Partial UI Design
  • Android Development (phones, wearables)


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Hey memoQ

Powerful dictation app for translators


Services:

  • Design Assistance
  • iOS Development


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Konversed

Media and content-exchange platform for the advertising industry


Services:


  • Technical Consultancy
  • iOS Development 
  • Web Development 
  • Backend Development


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Dashr

Dating app for living the moment


Services:


  • UX/UI Design
  • Animation
  • Visual Identity


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Whistlbox

Personal safety and security app


Services:


  • UX/UI Design
  • Visual Identity


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Mitra

Values- and emotions-tracking app for MIT business students and executives


Services:


  • iOS Development
  • Android Development


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Tweet7

Twitter client app with innovative, minimalist UI


Services:


  • Product & UX/UI Design
  • iOS Development
  • Visual Identity


“If you want to see what a twitter app made by Apple themselves would look like, look no further than Tweet7.” 

  • iMore


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Smith Hotels

Tailor-made app for finding and booking world’s best luxury and boutique hotels


Services:


  • iOS Development (iPhone, iPad)

 

“It has been a pleasure working with the team at Halcyon Mobile. They master new technologies easily, challenge decisions in the right way and are always proactive. They have excellent project management skills, and delivered for us despite a

tight schedule and hard deadline. I also like the way they interact and work alongside my internal development team."

Tamara Lohan, Founder and CTO at Mr & Mrs Smith



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Android Development for Meditation App

“Halcyon Mobile has shown themselves to be responsive and dedicated.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
2.0
Cost: 
3.0
Willing to refer: 
3.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Nov. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Halcyon mobile developed an Android version of an app for a meditation platform. The team was also responsible for coding the UI and providing backend development.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Tobiah Sola
Founder, Brightmind Meditation
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app development met the expectations of the internal team, however, the Android version was delayed by several months. Despite time differences, Halcyon Mobile communicates effectively, ensuring a smooth workflow. Their team goes above and beyond to fix any arising issues.

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 am the founder of Brightmind Media, a meditation startup. I focus on product design, user acquisition, and content.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Halcyon Mobile?

We were looking for a partner to develop an Android version of our iOS app but after our in-house developer left, we needed someone to help with the backend and iOS app as well.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Halcyon Mobile developed both versions of our mobile app and took care of our software needs. In terms of the iOS work, we already had an app up and running. For the Android version, their team built the UI of the app from scratch. 

Their team changed the backend, creating new features and functionality as well as starting some code from scratch. Even when they started code from scratch, we provided screens and very specific UX specifications. They implemented high specified features for us.

What is the team composition?

We worked with a number of members of the Halcyon Mobile team. This includes two Android developers, two iOS developers, and a backend developer. We also got passed between three different project managers for various reasons.

How did you come to work with Halcyon Mobile?

We had a friend of a friend who works with several Eastern European coding shops and we reached out to him for suggestions. After interviewing a number of firms within his network, we chose to work with Halcyon Mobile based on their reasonable prices and fixed-cost model. 

How much have you invested with them?

We have invested around $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with Halcyon Mobile in November 2018 and are in the process of phasing them out.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re very cognizant of deadlines or targets as well as how may bugs arise with new features they build. Halcyon Mobile has struggled quite a bit in terms of deadlines. As far as I can tell, all development projects stretch on longer than expected. 

However, the Android app was supposed to take two and a half months and instead took nine. They didn’t charge us more than the original fixed cost, which was nice, but it still took four times longer than anticipated. That’s seven months we weren’t in the market for.

How did Halcyon Mobile perform from a project management standpoint?

Their team is excellent at communication. All of the project managers we’ve worked with wer very rational and good at breaking down complex problems into manageable chunks. Communication has been a strong point with Halcyon Mobile, especially given the time difference.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Halcyon Mobile has shown themselves to be responsive and dedicated. For example, we had some unforeseen problems with the app over the course of a weekend, but we were able to get in touch with them. Halcyon Mobile worked on a Saturday to fix the problem. 

Their team would often stay late if there was a lot of pressure on what needed to be done. They definitely logged several hours that they didn’t charge for just to make sure things were completed. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

The timeline with the Android app took way too long. Part of that was due to them now knowing how to do QA with in-app subscriptions, which is somewhat reasonable since they are complicated. A lot of people in the mobile industry are having trouble wrapping their heads around the kind of tech you need to execute that effectively. 

We basically had to jump in and take over the role of QA for subscriptions, making sure they actually worked and running test cases. They also moved development resources onto other projects before we were ready, which caused the process to drag on longer.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

If things aren’t going well, schedule daily meetings to keep things moving forward rather than relying on weekly or bi-weekly meetings. Have everything mapped out for them and just expect them to implement on the development side of things. Come with screens and logic for how the screens will act. Start with a fixed cost contract if possible.

3.0
Overall Score
  • 2.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 3.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 3.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App Development for Digital Bank

“Halcyon Mobile was a great partner for us, quick to adapt and super flexible.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Halcyon Mobile developed a mobile app for a FinTech startup. The Android app allows users to sync a prepaid card, track their spending, and better understand their money habits.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
South East Asia
Product Manager, Digital Bank
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The MVP of the app functions properly and has met the requirements of the internal team. Halcyon Mobile goes above and beyond to address arising issues and ensure client satisfaction. The team possesses the technical expertise and drive to facilitate a successful collaboration.

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 am the project manager at a FinTech startup.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Halcyon Mobile?

We are building and launching a digital bank and we needed someone to build the mobile app for us.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Halcyon Mobile developed an Android mobile app from scratch. We have plans to launch in iOS at a later date. We currently have a working MVP.

The app allows users to create an account and verify their identity electronically. The app attaches to prepaid Visa and Mastercards. Users can then track their spending and visualize it to have a better understanding of how they spend their money.

What is the team composition?

I interacted directly with our project manager from Halcyon Mobile. 

How much have you invested with them?

We have invested between €90,000–€95,000 (approximately $99,200–$105,000).

What is the status of this engagement?

Our ongoing engagement with Halcyon Mobile began in January 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They deliver a version of the project, which we then test, and then make adjustments as necessary. We engaged with them on a project basis so there was a specific amount of work scoped. They delivered on all of that.

Like with any software project, bugs can pop out. Halcyon Mobile has fixed every single one of them. They’ve helped us out with things that were outside of our scope that came up at the last minute. Halcyon Mobile was a great partner for us, quick to adapt and super flexible.

How did Halcyon Mobile perform from a project management standpoint?

Having a one on one relationship with our project manager has been bliss. It’s been a great experience. I have nothing bad to say in that regard. They’ve been super helpful, super understanding. Our project manager has been nothing short of amazing.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I understand, coming from a financial background, that sometimes clients have evolving needs. Sometimes we had last-minute emergencies to deal with they would find someone to help us out, even if it wasn’t someone resourced to our project. Large agencies often have a more set script, especially an agency as big as Halcyon Mobile. 

They were very accommodating to the needs of a startup that is constantly evolving. Halcyon Mobile has been really good to us. It’s hard to be as flexible as they are, but we appreciated having a partner instead of just someone we were subcontracting. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

I had a good relationship with our project manager but would appreciate more communication with other members of their team, such as developers or UI/UX designers. I find it easier to get on board with and behind ideas when those ideas are explained to me. That communication was a bit lacking at first. 

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They always delivered and were always on time. There was never an issue.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their price and quality are good.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They have been a great partner.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would highly recommend them.

Mobile App Design for E-Learning Company

"The quality of Halcyon Mobile’s work and interaction with our team has been universally excellent."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Feb. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Halcyon Mobile updated a native iOS app and built an Android app for an EdTech company. They redesigned both apps, added payment integration, and reskinned an existing web app. The project is ongoing. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Will Lord
Head of Product, EdPlace Ltd
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The apps have launched and received praise from customers and internal team members. Halcyon Mobile produces high-quality development and design work promptly and at reasonable prices. Their professional, quick communication, and proactiveness have made for an enjoyable workflow.

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 head of product at EdPlace, a tech business that provides educational resources to kids from ages 5–16 in the UK.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Halcyon Mobile?

We wanted to replace an existing iOS application and build a brand-new Android application to run alongside our existing web app. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Halcyon Mobile rewrote the code for our native iOS app using Swift. They then build the Android version entirely from scratch using Kotlin. Their team then integrated in-app payment systems into the platforms, which was a first for us.

For the design part, Halcyon Mobile reviewed our app’s UX, created wireframes, and mocked up screens in high fidelity using InVision. The new design reflects our new branding, and their team also did a lightweight reskin of our web app so it’d match the mobile apps. 

Halcyon Mobile also designed the backend APIs; another team built them based on Halcyon Mobile’s wireframes.

What is the team composition?

We work with eight in total: 2–3 Android developers, 2–3 iOS developers, a project manager, a dedicated QA person, and a dedicated designer.

How did you come to work with Halcyon Mobile?
I actually found them on Clutch. I shortlisted a group of companies in Romania that had the right combination of skills to complement our existing backend teams. Their prices and availability also worked well for us. After an initial round of phone calls followed by face-to-face meetings, we decided to go ahead and submit an RFP with Halcyon Mobile. They responded, and we went from there.

What appealed to us about Halcyon Mobile was that they'd built products of their own that they’ve released. They have that insight into being a business selling products to customers, so they understand the product development cycle that much more intimately.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about £150,000 (approximately $185,000).

What is the status of this engagement?

The project began in February 2019. The app launched two weeks ago, but we’re still working together as we downscale Halcyon Mobile’s involvement.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Since the apps’ launch, we’ve received really positive feedback from customers. We’re thrilled about the level of downloads, and the new in-app payment system has opened new sales channels for us. Everyone internally and most of our customer base especially appreciate the design. Over the next few months, we’re going to assess the success of the apps so far, and then we’ll plan what changes we’ll make. We intend to work with Halcyon Mobile on those updates going forward.

What’s been excellent about Halcyon Mobile is that they really embedded themselves with us as a team. They don’t just sit there and take instructions; they have strong opinions about how things should work and are not afraid to share them. That’s added a lot of value to the project. The quality of Halcyon Mobile’s work and interaction with our team has been universally excellent.

How did Halcyon Mobile perform from a project management standpoint?

Project management is probably the most outstanding thing about Halcyon Mobile. Our project manager is superb. I’ve worked with a lot of agencies over the years, and he is by far the best project manager I’ve ever worked with.

We communicate through weekly phone calls and then with Slack and Google Hangouts as required. We used Basecamp to communicate requirements and Jira to manage the day-to-day. There also were a couple of trips out to Halcyon Mobile to work with the team directly.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The standard of English spoken among Halcyon Mobile is exceptionally high. There's zero language barrier working with them if you're English-speaking. The quality of their output is exceptional. Not only are they very technically competent, but they're also really investing in their skills and their staff. Their team members are happy to be there and constantly learning to become better developers. They have a high level of creativity as well, which is quite unusual to find in an offshore model. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, we’ve been pleasantly surprised that it's been a straightforward experience working with Halcyon Mobile. It’s felt like a strong match between our two teams since the beginning.

Any advice for potential customers?

Make sure to meet face-to-face at least once or twice during any project. That's the difference between being a good project and an excellent one. It helps you get to know the people, but it also enables you to communicate those things that you can convey over email, Slack, or video call. 

5.0
Overall Score It's personally and professionally an outstanding team.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They always communicate any issues early on and adjust schedules accordingly.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Halcyon Mobile is always extremely upfront about where costs are coming from and how we can adjust to fit our budget.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Halcyon Mobile has great deliverables as well as excellent project and account management.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They're a nice team of people delivering extremely high-quality work.

App Dev for Healthcare Company

"Halcyon Mobile understands our requirements and makes them happen, no matter what."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
Sept. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Halcyon Mobile took over a legacy native mobile app and enhanced it. Built for iOS and Android in Ruby on Rails, the app has features for live chat, booking shifts, and a newsfeed. The project is ongoing.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Chris O'Byrne
VP Engineering, Ryalto
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The revamped app receives positive feedback on its seamless usage. Halcyon Mobile’s expert developers supply high-quality products and valuable insights to improve processes. Communicative, organized, and disciplined, the team leads a reliably seamless workflow.

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 am the VP of engineering for Ryalto Ltd., a healthcare provider.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Halcyon Mobile?

We have a mobile application with a Ruby on Rails backend. We were trying to find a scalable resource of equal quality but with more affordable prices than what firms in London can provide.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Halcyon Mobile helped us redevelop and add new features to our legacy platform—an Android and native iOS application. The team also made other fixes and improvements. 

The app features a live chat functionality that allows healthcare professionals to find each other within the trusts that they work and chat about anything to do with healthcare lifestyles. A shift-booking integration with third-party systems lets users see available shifts and book themselves via their phone. Lastly, we provide a bespoke newsfeed and other features, such as allowing healthcare trusts to send notifications to all of their end-users.

We shared some documentation with Halcyon Mobile to start with. Our team in London now works with them very closely.

What is the team composition?

We have a team of 8–12 people, including a project manager on their end.

How did you come to work with Halcyon Mobile?

I wasn’t involved in hiring Halcyon Mobile initially. I believe it was through a word-of-mouth recommendation from someone from our board.

How much have you invested in them?

We’ve spent around $1 million–$5 million

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with them in September 2015, and the work is still ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our cadence improved massively via projects. Halcyon Mobile has very effective developers—they’re even more effective than the original developers based in London.

We regularly get compliments on the way the app runs. Our internal feedback has been positive, and whenever we’ve run demos, it’s been well-received by customers on every single point.

Something invaluable about Halcyon Mobile is that they don’t just do as they’re told. They get invested in what they’re doing and suggest ways to make our ideas better. The team is very much part of the business and cared about the product itself. They definitely improved it with their feedback and thoughtfulness.

How did Halcyon Mobile perform from a project management standpoint?

Our project manager is probably the best one I’ve worked with. He isn’t afraid to give me bad news, such as if Halcyon Mobile can’t do something the way we wanted it. (Situations like that are invariably because of business decisions changing, not because of the development).

He is also very straightforward to deal with as well as incredibly well organized—he understands the project incredibly quickly as well. The project manager is a massive point of value for our business.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Halcyon Mobile understands our requirements and makes them happen, no matter what. They are very well-organized and work well as a team. Their communication is exceptional. When a couple of freelancers joined us in London to help out with our technical debt, they both got up to speed very quickly by working with Halcyon Mobile. 

The team has high standards of technical excellence and quality of work. There’s not a single developer from their side I can question in the slightest, and I am pretty particular when it comes to these things.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I can’t think of anything. In lots of ways, Halcyon Mobile is leading us where we need them to. They’ve worked out exactly as I wanted them to.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Listen to Halcyon Mobile’s advice. I have worked with quite a lot of offshore companies before, and they are one of the very best. It is worth it to have a bit more of a relationship with them—treat them like they’re staff rather than an offshore outfit that is just there to do as they are told. Halcyon Mobile brings so many benefits with them aside from just writing code.

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

Web Development for Insurtech Company

"It’s great working with them both professionally and personally."

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

Halcyon Mobile did the UI/UX design for the web and mobile versions of a digital insurance distribution platform. They also did user tests and created branding and logo design.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Miskolc, Hungary
Marton Elodi
Co-Founder, Vern Insurance Technologies
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app received positive feedback in user testing, with particular praise for its design structure and professional appearance. Expect an open and communicative relationship with Halcyon Mobile, who thoroughly tracks their progress and meets specifications.

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 co-founder of Vern Insurance technologies, an Esurance tech company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Halcyon Mobile?

We were in need of a development team along with designers and UX designers.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The product is an Esurance distribution platform for digital business. It allows digital businesses to sell insurance either integrated into their product or service or under their own brand like on their own website. We have ongoing sales processes where we’re currently integrating our service. We continue to develop according to these new sales partnerships because they define what we have to work on.

They did the UI/UX design for our web application as well as our native mobile app. They also did user tests, branding guidelines, and design work for our logo and landing page. They used InVision for the design work. Then we entered into the development phase where they developed the back- and frontend of our web application. They used JavaScript, React, Node.js, and MongoDB. They developed the style themselves using CSS.

It’s an Express application and they deployed it to AWS using EC2. The frontend is hosted from S3 Buckets. We’re using MailChimp, Mandrill, and GitLab.

What is the team composition?

The founders and the tech lead were involved with project estimations for a few days. For the actual work, there was one UX/UI designer who did the mobile screens. From the development side, there was a senior full-stack developer and a junior frontend developer. Currently, only the senior developer works for us. Since then, we’ve hired a UX/UI designer onto our team. According to our current plans, we are going to have some new projects coming in and we plan on using more developers from their team.

How did you come to work with Halcyon Mobile?

My co-founder was in a Hungarian UX design Facebook group and he saw a post from some of their previous projects and reached out to them. They’re from Romania, but they’re a Hungarian company and most of their employees are Hungarian. We collaborated in Hungarian, which was very helpful for us. It made the development much easier.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent 75,000 euros ($85,243 USD)

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in April 2018 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The application is not yet live, but we did user testing and we’re very satisfied with their work. I have a degree in computer science. I wasn’t working on the backend, but I did QA and it was very well structured and developed. It was professional.

How did Halcyon Mobile perform from a project management standpoint?

There was a designated project manager who kept track of the whole development process, the long-term vision, Gantt Charts, the sprints, and the tasks. It helped us a lot to have a structured process.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We previously worked together with another company for a few months and made a small beta prototype. It’s much easier working with Halcyon Mobile because it’s easier to communicate and collaborate with them. They’re very welcoming and open to feedback. They try to improve the design as much as required.

We have a really good relationship and have become friends with their team members. It’s great working with them both professionally and personally. We even traveled to their headquarters in Romania where we had a small workshop that was very successful.

Are there any areas they could improve?

In the beginning, there were some issues with the time estimates, but it was partly on our side because we couldn’t really define exactly what we needed from them.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

It’s important to have a good starting point with them, which makes the whole collaboration successful.

5.0
Overall Score All the team members really like the collaboration with them.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They hit all the timelines and milestones.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They offer good prices that are affordable for any startup.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    It was the best I’ve ever seen from a design company.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We have recommended them multiple times.

iOS App Development for Translation Software

"We were satisfied with their communication, scheduling, and delivery."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
March. - Dec. 2018
Project summary: 

Halcyon Mobile developed an iOS companion app that facilitates translations through voice commands. They also handled QA and offered advice. 

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Hungary
Gergely Vandor
Product Manager, memoQ
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The stable, robust app functioned as expected. Halcyon Mobile continually distinguished themselves with their fluid communication, meticulous planning, and deep expertise. They responded to questions promptly and always delivered on time. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm the product manager at memoQ. My responsibilities include assessing market opportunities and maintaining roadmaps for our product and development teams. We provide software for the professional translation industry. Our software is used by translators, project managers, and language engineers. We work for a global market, and our software is language independent.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Halcyon Mobile?

We hired Halcyon Mobile to develop an iOS companion app for our main product, a translation environment. The app enables users to enter translations through dictation and issue voice commands for common tasks like jumping to the next sentence or searching for a phrase. The iOS platform connects Apple's free speech recognition service with the translation environment. Our primary product platforms are Windows desktop and the web, so we lacked mobile development expertise.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to turn a working prototype into a market-ready product. Dictation can make translators more efficient and their work less exhausting. It can also make translation more accessible for people with health issues and disabilities. Before this app, high-quality dictation was only available for a small number of languages on a third-party, paid Windows desktop tool. Our free app extends dictation support to many more languages.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We looked for a mobile app developer in our region, for both financial reasons and efficiency in communication. After while reading the content of several proposals, we found Halcyon Mobile's the most convincing. The time and cost estimates didn't vary significantly. Since we're a product company, the fact that Halcyon Mobile had experience with their own products was a plus.

Describe the project in detail.

We analyzed the market and opportunity, along with our prototype, user stories, and designs. Halcyon Mobile developed our native iOS application and handled QA. They had a lot of experience with mobile app development, so they provided professional advice on management and launch.

What was the team composition?

They assigned a project manager as our main point of contact. They had a small team with no more than three developers or testers at any time. We occasionally contacted their developers directly for technical matters. Halcyon Mobile responded well to our team capacity requirements. We agreed with them easily on these matters and were happy with their availability and responsiveness.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Dictation is still an innovative field in the translation tool market, which makes measuring success difficult. We watch the application metrics closely and  survey users for more information. The stability of the project looks good, and the application works as expected.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

We were satisfied with their communication, scheduling, and delivery. They were responsive, and their personal touch made them great to work with. Many members of their team were native Hungarian speakers, which simplified communication. Communicating in English worked great with the rest of them.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I don't have much of a basis for comparison, since this was a one-off project. They were helpful and responsive to our requests, they were clear and approachable in their communication, and they always finished the work as expected. 

Are there any areas for improvement?

Overall, there was very little to complain about. We rewrote part of their code to solve an issue that could have been avoided by following our prototype.

5.0
Overall Score We have little to complain about. They helped us deliver our first mobile app.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We had no issues with scheduling. They delivered as expected, with good transparency.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    According to our research, their pricing aligns with similar vendors in the region.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The application works as expected without major known bugs, although design decisions may lead to issues.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They're great to work with: professional, responsive, and approachable.

iOS Mobile App Dev for Photo Editing & Design Platform

"[T]hey were super easy to work with and very responsive."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Oct. 2013 - 2014
Project summary: 

Halcyon developed an iOS app that allows users to put a company's designs on their own photos. The team made tweaks as needed, especially to address iOS updates.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
T.J. Mousetis
Owner, walk in love
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app's capitalization of a social media photo trend led to its successful ranking in the App Store and positive reviews on iTunes. The app has yet to crash and has been bug-free. The team is helpful, accessible, and straight-forward in all of their communication.

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 walk in love, a faith-based apparel company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Halcyon Mobile?

In addition to selling t-shirts, we create a lot of content. I had an idea to create an app that could digitize our shirt designs and allow people to put them on their photos, or add devotional writing on top of an image.

I needed to find a company that could turn my idea into reality.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We designed the look of the app and they built it from scratch based on our Photoshop files. The key feature of the app is the ability to grab one of the graphics and put it on any photo that you want.

The app is exclusively for iOS/iPhone. Originally, it was a paid app available in the App Store and on iTunes, but it is now available for free. They've made a few fixes since launch, as well as some general maintenance due to iOS updates.

What is the team composition?

There were four people on the project in total, and we had one main point of contact.

How did you come to work with Halcyon Mobile?

I searched on Google for information on how to make an app and reached out to a few companies. I got quotes ranging from $300,000 down to $50, which was really hard to navigate.

Then I found a website that had a “top 30” list of app developers. I again reached out to a handful of companies for quotes. I felt like Halcyon gave me a reasonable quote and seemed excited to do the project. I checked out a few apps they’d built and then decided to move forward.

How much have you invested with them?

The total spend was $17,000 for the build and for several tweaks and updates over three years.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in October of 2013 and they finished developing the app in early 2014.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The app got up to number 17 on the App Store the day we launched and was the top paid app in the photo/video category. We were right on trend when it was super trendy to put text on your Instagram photos, so the app really capitalized on that moment.

The app didn't have any bugs. The only issues we've had since release are when there's an iOS update. That seems to impact every app and Halcyon was always able to fix it.

The app has pretty good user reviews on iTunes and in general, people love the app. The main complaint was that it wasn't also available on Android.

How did Halcyon Mobile perform from a project management standpoint?

Because they’re based in Romania, I was worried there would be a language barrier or the time difference would be a challenge. However, they were super easy to work with and very responsive. They use Basecamp to communicate and did a great job of explaining why they did things, how they approached the work, and when tasks were going to be completed. It was a pleasant experience the whole way through.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Halcyon was transparent from the beginning about how much the project was going to cost and then delivered on that. Some companies say they can do something and then in two months turn around and admit they can't deliver. I also really appreciated when they volunteered to update the app for free after an iOS update. That was very cool.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It would’ve been nice to have an app builder's perspective on the project. For example, at first we only allowed the use of square photos and of course, people wanted to use portrait and wallpaper-sized photos. It would’ve been nice to have some back and forth on the scope of the project at the beginning, rather than have to pay to fix that feature after launch.

5.0
Overall Score They were easy to work with and very good communicators.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were always on time and on schedule.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I could've done it for less, but it may not have been successful.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The app worked well: never crashed, no bugs.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have already recommended them.

Mobile App Dev for Media & Content-Exchange Platform

"Everyone on their team was excited about mobile development and UI/UX."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Halcyon Mobile built the backend of multiple mobile applications, including an MVP product. The team arranged resources, designed a project workflow, and addressed UI/UX and style concerns. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Regensburg, Germany
Matthew Hogan
Co-Founder, Get Konversed
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Blending cutting-edge mobile development expertise and a passion for seamless user experience, Halcyon Mobile improved on initial designs and delivered an excellent product. The team communicated clearly, offered valuable technical advice, and adjusted their workflow to meet project needs. 

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Get Konversed is a media and content-exchange platform that serves as a do-it-yourself mobile application creation channel for the advertising industry. Agencies can use it to build mobile apps in a more affordable way. I am the company’s founder and head of the product team. I work on UI/UX and liaise with developers to complete projects.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Halcyon Mobile?

We are working on a large project with a web CMS communicating to mobile applications so there are a lot of intricate tasks and hidden complexity. We needed rapid deployment of different mobile applications and didn’t have any in-house developers at the time.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Halcyon Mobile was engaged to build two web applications and connected mobile applications for our MVP product.

We came in with the idea of the product, previous mobile development and design experience, and wireframes and mobile app screen designs. We sat down with their team to discuss the development stack and get feedback.

Halcyon scoped out the project and determined which resources we would need. Since they specialize in mobile development, they gave particularly good feedback on what we would require. They also brought ideas about how the flow should work and what problems we might encounter. They worked out how we could scale the platform to produce applications in an easier way, especially since we were creating a do-it-yourself app builder.

What is the team composition?

We have a mobile development team, a web development team, and a project manager. I also worked closely with the team as a product owner and heading the UI/UX team. We worked closely with Botond Székely, their CEO, for the project tasks, timelines, and deliverables.

How did you come to work with Halcyon Mobile?

We chose them based on online reviews. We held interviews with four or five general developers, three of which were larger teams. Everyone we approached was professional, but Halcyon had won a few mobile awards, were receptive to what we were building, and seemed open to a close collaboration. They didn’t have a problem with me flying to Romania to chat with them and actually sit in on meetings. They’d worked with a few large clients, including Red Bull and Nokia, so I felt confident that they could deliver our product.

How much have you invested with them?

Over a two-year period, we have invested around $300,000 USD in their expertise.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Halcyon Mobile in 2015 and worked together for a year-and-a-half to develop the MVP. It’s been a continual process. At the moment, we’re re-engineering parts of our software from client feedback, usability, and screen designs. We are looking forward to engaging Halcyon again in 2018, for another iteration of our mobile product suite.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I do not have any general metrics, however, our burn-down charts on JIRA improved overtime with Halcyon, so from a product development point of view this is great.

How did Halcyon Mobile perform from a project management standpoint?

The Halcyon management team did very well. It is great they know Agile development and the Atlassian products. I was given access to their JIRA, which we used in conjunction with them to keep the project on point. We met with the development team daily for a 15-minute scrum via Skype, and we organized sprint planning meetings every two weeks.

I am based internationally and have twice visited the Halcyon office in Cluj, Romania to work with them for two-week periods. I found them to be knowledgeable in many respects. If they didn’t have the right resources for a project, their team was deep enough to give us beneficial input and help with the project management.

We integrated well together on the design and development of the product. Whenever we made contact, the team got back to us immediately and offered a very hands-on approach. Their scheduling, availability, and communication is great. They went out of their way to fit into our schedule.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We’ve outsourced to numerous teams from a few different countries and have worked with developers from diverse backgrounds. One thing that stands out is their passion for technology. Everyone on their team was excited about mobile development and UI/UX. When looking for developers, I try to find passionate ones who will go above and beyond what’s expected.

They gave really beneficial feedback on the mobile UI and UX that enabled us to improve the app products.

Starting an MVP can be stressful on all sides, but Halcyon was good throughout the process. I am very impressed by their approach to challenges and their English communication skills are exceptional. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

I have no complaints.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

The communication on project tasks, timelines, and deliverables can be difficult to gauge at times. The more prepared a client can be, the better. 

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

App Dev for E-learning Startup

"Not only can they build stuff, but they can dig down in a philosophical way to what it is you’re trying to do."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
June 2015 - June 2017
Project summary: 

Halcyon led native development for both iOS and Android, as well as web, in collaboration with internal teams. They worked on the full scope, including storyboarding, UX, UI, the CMS, and the backend.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
London, England
Robert Howshall
CPO, SmartUp.io
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Halcyon is a passionate team that provides valuable insight and excels in collaboration. The app they helped build landed in the App Store’s top 10 U.K. business apps and top 20 U.S. business apps. Beyond stellar professionalism and project management, Halcyon is dynamic and fun to work with.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Smartup is a micro-learning and knowledge-sharing platform by everyone from startups to large corporates, including banks, people in the finances services industry, and telecommunications. We’re helping people to unleash the knowledge inside their organization and democratize knowledge creation so that they don’t have to rely on expensive external course providers and things. It gives their people the tools to create great content, share that with their colleagues, get feedback on that content, and it’s inspired by leaderboards, prizes, and interactions. I’m chief product officer. I have been here since day 0. I was here before the company was started and cofounded the company. We’ve had a long, interesting journey.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Halcyon Mobile?

We had a very big idea. We had built a lot of prototypes ourselves and we knew ultimately what we wanted the product to do. We brought in Halcyon because we wanted to work with a team that would help us, really quickly and to a high standard, take our idea from the conception stages to market. We had all this information and feedback from prospective customers, and we needed to get it in front of them in order to get real data and verify that we were going in the right direction. We essentially wanted Halcyon to bring our prototypes to life. We did that for 2 years with them.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They were super involved in the project. Their senior team, and even some of their more junior developers, spent time with us and our founder. I have nothing but praise for them. They helped us understand what was possible. When we went to them with some of our big ideas and some of our concepts, very early on, they helped us flesh those out and storyboard them in order to understand what the product might look and feel like from a design and UX perspective.

From there, we were able to flesh out the UI, and then move forward on development on both the native iOS and native Android platforms. We developed hand-in-hand with them the backend and content management system [CMS] too. Once we understood what the product features looked like and what the UX looked like and then went into UI design, they then actually executed and built the initial versions of the app and the backend.

How many resources were assigned to your project?

We had 2 backend, 2 iOS, 2 Android, and 2 web resources. At peak we had 10 people.

How did you come to work with Halcyon Mobile?

Halcyon is based in Cluj, Romania and we’re based in London. Our company was myself and co-founder/CEO Frank Meehan, who had involvement with Spotify and Siri and is a big-time investor.

Halcyon had a really strong, proven track record not only building apps and products for other people, but building their own products, and that really impressed us because it shows that they understand it. They’re not just people you’re going to hire who are going to just build your stuff; they actually have a real passion for building their own stuff and they understand how hard it is. That was really good to see.

They’ve won a bunch of awards from pretty big names. When we got out there, we saw quickly how it was such a professional outfit, but also really young and dynamic and fun, up for a good time. They’re doing this because they want to have fun as well, and they ask really good questions. I would say that’s one of their greatest strengths: not only can they build stuff, but they can dig down in a philosophical way to what it is you’re trying to do. It’s almost like a product consultancy helping you figure out what your assumptions are and what you need to be testing, not just taking a wireframe and building it because you say so but actually pushing you to be really clear about what you want, which is painful but so valuable.

How much have you invested with Halcyon Mobile?

[Confidential]

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working with them for 2 years.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We had such a good experience and found Cluj to be such a good place to do business; we actually opened up our own office out there. Not only did we open up our own office, we opened it in the same building as Halcyon and they’re our neighbors now. We built our own team of 20 out there. They’re a really great team.

For us, not only did we prove what we wanted to do from a product point of view with Halcyon, but we’re a successful company in that we’ve raised funding and we have customers all over the world. We have huge, huge banks and everything using us. Not only did Halcyon help us do that, but we realized they helped us understand how good a place Cluj was and how exciting a place it is to be.

We were picked up by Apple as a featured app. We got into the top 10 of the U.K. business apps and top 20 in the U.S. business apps in the App Store when we launched. That’s a pretty good recommendation for Halcyon—that Apple liked it so much they picked it up.

How did Halcyon Mobile perform from a project management standpoint?

We worked with them to the point where we were almost one company because we were working so closely with them. I was out there every other week and had a great time working with them. We ended up going out partying with them, became really good friends, and we’re still good friends now.

They’ve got really good project managers. The nice thing was that there wasn’t much burden on us to actually manage the deliverable. They had that handled. We had a dedicated project manager who also doubled as a product manager as well. If we weren’t on-site with them, we were still communicating daily. We maybe had a twice weekly formal call to go through things. Then, in some of the more intensive phases, we might join their standup meetings with the sprints. The nice thing about working with a group like that is that, because they know their trade and they’ve done this before, they can do all this stuff with very little intervention from you. You can be very strategic and leave them to their own devices once you’ve set the direction, and they’ll come back to you with good stuff. In the cases where it’s helpful, you can get very involved right down into the detail, and they’re pretty comfortable with all of that. You do have that flexibility with them.

What did you find most impressive about Halcyon Mobile?

We’re a difficult customer to deal with because we had a lot of ideas and a lot of things that we were still trying to figure out as they were building. Only by building something can you actually see if it’s any good and see what customers think of it, and then from there you get more data, and you iterate and adapt and grow. In order to be able to do that, you need an engineering team and you need a product team that is committed to quality and building something that’s really impressive, robust, stable, and appealing to customers.

That’s something that really impressed me about Halcyon: their ability to build something so robust and stable that Apple picked it up, while staying flexible with a team like ours that is still figuring things out. That’s a tricky thing to pull off. I’ve done that before. That’s a really hard thing to do as an engineer when you try to build something and people keep moving the goalpost. These guys are really good at that. The product they built, considering the amount of iterations, changes, new developments, thoughts, and feedback that went into it, they were really quick to implement stuff. They ended up building something which was still sturdy, and robust and strong and really well put together.

Are there any areas Halcyon Mobile could improve?

There were times when we wanted to do more with them and they just didn’t have the staff because they’re just so in demand. They’re growing and they should continue to keep growing. That was the one issue that we ran into. The tricky thing of working with a team like Halcyon for 2 years is that you can come to rely on them very much.

One thing I should say is that when we first installed our own team out there, they did a really good job of helping us transition the project from their team to our team. They even worked with our first key hires to help them get their head around the product.

I know some potential customers who may be reading this don’t often think about the exit strategy. Halcyon has helped you put an app together, now what? These guys were really good at helping us figure out how to transition from their team to our own team, and that went really smoothly.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with Halcyon Mobile?

I would say be really honest with them and take them into your confidence. Be really honest where you think your idea isn’t very good and where you think your idea is very good, because they need to know that in order to help you build a better product. Just be transparent. That involves a certain level of trust and, from our experience, the more honest and the more transparent we were, and the more we articulated our thoughts and our nervousness, they were there to help us figure out how to get through that.

Don’t just treat them as some guys who are going to execute some wireframes that you’re going to send them. You can if you want to, but if you want to get the best out of them and really utilize them for all their worth, that involves much more than just them building what you want. They can do so much more.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They always did their best to meet our deadlines, but in fairness to them, our deadlines were sometimes unrealistic and we were sticking stuff in there in the last minute in true startup style.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They aren’t the cheapest, but the value you get in terms of the quality is very, very high. You could find cheaper, but in terms of bang for your buck, these guys are probably the best out there.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    There were certain times where they went above and beyond the call of duty. It might be 2:00 in the morning and the entire team is in the office fixing the problem.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already recommend them when people ask.

Development Partnership with Addiction Treatment Platform

"We have incredible reviews on the App Store and a rating of 4.6 stars."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jun. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Halcyon Mobile created the first version of an addiction recovery application on iOS and Android to develop a healthy community for addicts in recovery.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 employees
 
San Francisco, California Area
Co-founder, Addict Recovery Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Halcyon Mobile delivered strong design and coding work. The app has a 4.6 rating on the App Store and has helped thousands of users transform their lives for the better.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

The company is a for-profit social platform for addicts in recovery. We enable the user to track and share their recovery progress through chat, events analytics, and educational pieces while using the application so they can be encouraged and inspired.

I am one of the co-founders. I am also the head of products and customer service.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Halcyon Mobile?

They developed the application on both iOS and Android. We also needed help with the design aspects, which they provided. Tracking and flexibility were key goals.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They helped us with the design and development of the app on iOS and Android. They’re building out a custom backend for our users to have more flexibility and analytics at a business-to-business level. They’ve done additional design work for marketing and websites. We drive the concept but they consult with us to make it better and implement our vision in an innovative manner. We rely on them from a user experience standpoint because we don’t have a technical cofounder.

How did you come to work with Halcyon Mobile?

We had experience with other firms in the US and internationally. We heard about Halcyon from colleagues who had used them. They’ve been a very successful company and recommended that we give Halcyon some work and see how great they are.

How much have you invested with Halcyon Mobile?

We spend between $15,000 and $30,000 per month.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started our relationship a year and a half ago and continue to work with them.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We are very satisfied with their work. We have incredible reviews on the App Store and a rating of 4.6 stars. People say they love us and we’re helping them save their marriage and get sobriety for the first time in their life.

How did Halcyon Mobile perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re very responsive. We have enjoyed working with them.

What did you find most impressive about Halcyon Mobile?

They have a standard for excellence. Their sweet spot is in the mobile space. Compared to their cost, the value we get is very high. They’re unique in that they’ve brought us into their process and been transparent throughout the relationship.

Are there any areas Halcyon Mobile could improve?

At times they’ve been a little over ambitious in their estimates for delivery but I’m pleased with how things are currently.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with Halcyon Mobile?

They should start today.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’ve been fairly accurate but there were occasions they did not delivered on time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We’ve created a great product with a very low percentage of crashes and bugs. They were able to execute on our vision.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    If someone has a bigger budget and wants senior level developers, then they may need a different firm. They’re not going to fit everyone’s needs.
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