After half a year, we got back in touch with Messapps. This time, we spoke with Jeffrey Gomez, Marketing and Project Manager. Here you'll find some news about one of the top mobile app development companies in the United States.
Your last interview was published on 2015. What great apps has Messapps been working on since then and what are your company's biggest plans for this year?
Since our last interview, we’ve been working on a wide-array of apps. Everything from transportation, dating, and social networking - we even have an Oculus Rift in the office for much cooler projects. Being a technology company, you really have to stay in front of all the new trends - even if some of them don’t pan out. We’re always looking to diversify our portfolio with new categories of apps, but also devices they can connect to.
If you had to choose one category, what kind of app you think is Messapp’s specialty?
As a mobile app development company, we try to pick out projects that are challenging but with a real-world impact. Right now, we’re working on plenty of social networking and carshare apps, but the field is growing and we’re taking advantage of new technogoly that comes into play.
Do you prefer developing mobile apps with native language, hybrid or web?
Native apps are just the way to go. There are certain circumstances where it makes sense to build a hybrid app: cost, time, non-iOS/Android, etc.. However, in most cases, the optimal experience for a user will on a native application.
We’re huge believers that design and the user experience is what sells an app. The only real way to sell a user on design is through native apps. In hybrid apps, there’s usually tradeoffs. We aim for high quality.
Which app has been the biggest challenge for Messapps?
There are a couple of challenging apps that we’re working on. Some of the challenges that we’re facing is in creating Uber-like or Tinder-like apps where we have to excel on the features that will set us apart from similar apps. We have amazing designers that put user experience above all else to make sure that these apps look great and keeps the user engaged inside the app.
A few of our carshare apps have pushed us to break our own limits. Intensely challenging but it helps out in the end.
Last time we spoke, Vasily Malyshev said that the iPhone was the best device in the market. A lot has happened since then. What would you answer now?
The iPhone is the gold standard in the mobile device market. Samsung and HTC each put up a fight, and with a different platform, but the iPhone is still who everyone is trying to beat.
What do you think will be the biggest smartphone release in 2016 and why?
Apple sets expectations, so it’s only fitting that they’ll most likely end up being the biggest smartphone in 2016. At this point, though, it’s not the “smartphone” that matters: the days of spec wars is over. This day and age the biggest releases have come from the app and software side: being able to connect to things and also creating an ecosystem is where users are now engaged in.
Besides smartphones, what mobile device do you think is worth having first?
It’s probably not considered a mobile device, but you really can’t go wrong with an Amazon Echo. It’s the device of all things you.
What do you think mobile devices will be able to do in the future that they don’t do now?
The sky is the limit. Internet of Things has become huge in the past few years, so anything that can bring your entire life together will be the future is worth investing in.
What smartphone feature could you not live without?
Cloud sync. I need things on my desktop when I need to be productive and I need things on my phone when I need to catch up on things or do a little work on the road.
Is Messapps adapting to the new technologies and devices coming along?
We work on all types of new technologies. VR, as mentioned earlier, is something that we’re starting to get into. We’ve learned that to give the best product to clients, is to continually bem ahead of the curve in terms of next tech, devices, and platforms.
What advice would you give to anyone with an app idea who didn’t know how to get started?
Build out a features list. Although we’ll help you do that during the discovery process, most people only have an “idea” and nothing else. The idea may be great, but starting to build out what the app will actually do once a user opens the app will give you new insight as to how it will work. Once you have a features list, it’s easier to see where your main selling point of the app is and how all the other features really help it come to life.
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