Andrei Mozheiko is Co-founder and CTO of Itexus. The mobile app development company was founded in 2014 by George Epshtain, Sergey Privalov, Ilya Galkevich and himself and is located in Minsk, Belarus. The company employs 45 IT professionals and developers.
Andrei started his career path as a Software Engineer and by now he has 12 years of work experience in IT. During this time, Andrei held different positions including Technical Writer and Lead Software Developer. Currently he is the CTO of Itexus and manages the Mobile and .NET departments.
Let’s see what Andrei Mozheiko has to say about Itexus and the mobile app development world.
What does Itexus do?
Itexus is a fully accustomed team which coverage ranges from delivering custom tailored apps to big data and Machine Learning depositories. We deliver both web (Ruby on Rails, .NET, Python), mobile native (iOS, Android) and cross-platform (Xamarin, Ionic/Cordova, React Native) software.
Our team has a strong focus on social, healthcare and financial apps (including robo-advisors and chatbots).
Having rich experience working with startups, we know how to avoid typical app development pitfalls and produce lean mobile MVPs and Products.
What clients have you worked for?
Our clients are mainly startups. Among them are Listly and Mango Connects. Itexus also built apps for brands such as McDonald’s and Unilever.
If you had to choose one category, what kind of app do you think is Itexus specialty?
The Itexus team is great in building mobile apps in the healthcare area. We certainly can help to navigate issues such as HIPAA compliance and data interoperability, build compliant back-ends that securely handle patient data and patient-provider communications, build APIs that talk to external systems and apps and many more.
What is the average budget of the mobile apps you develop?
In average the native app for one platform (iOS or Android) costs around $10K.
Do you develop all mobile apps in-house or do you outsource some parts of the process?
We develop everything in-house only. Luckily, here in Minsk there is no shortage of talented software engineers :) Having all the specialists under one roof helps us to ensure rapid and clear communication between team members, it also gives the development process an extra boost and makes the expertise exchange process easy.
Which would you say are the best mobile apps that your company has developed?
We are proud to help with the development of a symptoms tracker application with the purpose to visualize your symptom and pain history, educate about treatment options and connect people with similar health state.
I also think that our team did great developing the app that delivers a respected institutional financial research on a paid basis. Bond market observations, equity strategies and other valuable content are available online and offline as well.
Do you prefer to build mobile apps with native, hybrid or web languages?
We choose the language for a mobile application according to the client’s business goal. The technology we may recommend to our customer depends on several factors like the requirements of the app, target audience, UI/UX design, budget, timeframes, usage of specific hardware features etc.
In general, if we're talking about an MVP, we would recommend to start with Native iOS version and if it succeed, proceed with Native Android. In case the client is limited in time/budget and has UI design that shouldn't be pixel-perfect, we can go with Xamarin.Forms or React Native.
Cordova-based apps would be our last choice. This works well if the customer has a good responsive web site and simply wants to get an app quickly and cheap. In this case wrapping of the existing website may be a good option (as well as usage of Ionic in some cases).
Let’s focus on iOS and Android mobile app development. Which are the Pros and Cons of each platform?
One of the main advantages of iOS is that the app written with it could be stabilized much faster due to a limited number of devices. Thus we always recommend to start with the iOS version.
On the other hand, the App Store has more limitations than Android’s Play market. Still, we can't say that it is a major downside. All limitations of one platform are cloned to another platform because almost all mobile apps should have the same functionality in both of them. Thus, limitations of one platform in many cases become a mutual problem (or benefit?) for both platforms.
Which one will evolve more within the next 5 years?
They either will evolve almost simultaneously or one of them will die being replaced with a third one. I hope that we'll never meet absolute monopoly in this field as it will stop the progress.
Which device is the best in the market right now?
I don't like ultimatum statements. I'm an Apple user and you know that people become very addictive to the infrastructure they provide first of all. Thus short answer to this question is iPhone 7. All devices become very similar to each other and that is what I don't like. Probably one of the most interesting brands spreading rather quickly on the market is Xiaomi.
And which device do you feel more comfortable developing an app for?
Why is AppFutura useful to you?
Our Itexus team is open to new mobile challenges. We hope to find new partnership opportunities here on AppFutura.
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