Top app development companies interview: Space-O Technologies – Follow up

Published on Aug 24, 2016 in App Development
Space-O Technologies

After half a year, we interview the mobile app development companySpace-O Technologies again. This time the interviewee is Atit Purani, CTO and co-Founder.

Here you'll find some news about one of the top mobile app development companies in India.

Your last interview was published in 2015. What great apps Space-O have been working on since then and what are your company's biggest plans for next year?

We are working with Startups and Enterprises and delivering the most complex ideas into reality by developing applications. Recently, we have come across an enterprise app idea of Bollywood movies and developed intelligent film discovery platform of Bollywood Movies: ‘Flickbay’, backed by the Excel Entertainment.

Another interesting idea we converted into an app is Bevy that is featured on TechCrunch, Yahoo News, Telegraph, and many more media sites. This application allows customers to order alcohol through an endless stream of alcohol types. Additionally, this app has simplified navigation with clear categories and optimized search option to order “impulse goods”, including alcohol, snacks, and tobacco with just a few click. We have integrated stripe payment gateway as an easy payment option.

We are also working on the white labeled on-demand taxi booking platform which is very much in-line with Uber/Lyft/Careem, that can be provided as SAAS (Software as a service) at affordable packages.

If you had to choose one category, what kind of app do you think is Space-O’s specialty?

60% of our clients are startups. We are receiving many unique ideas to develop apps like MSQRD, Uber, Tinder, Zomato, Prisma, Amazon, Airbnb, Spotify, Apple watch extension, Apple TV extension, connecting mobile apps with hardware devices, etc. We discuss our clients’ requirements and develop unique apps and interactive with effective user experience and interfaces.

One of the Uber types of app development examples is Bevy app that supplies alcohol within 30 minutes. We can proudly say that we have delivered the most complex solutions that give a challenge to 99% of our developers. Recently, we are working on some photo applications like MSQRD, Prisma, and Lumyer.

Do you prefer developing mobile apps with native language, hybrid or web?

We prefer and recommend to develop apps in native languge only. The obvious reason for the same is to have better control over hardware and native functionality to provide the best possible user interface and user experience.

Which app has been the biggest challenge for Space-O?

Our team was developing an on-demand app, Bevy, and our client wants application fees on every transaction. Application fees are something where you need to have to go through Oauth(authentication), which is a web thing and they do not have any callback thing that is required in a mobile app. As we all strongly believe in “Get Shit Done” culture, we came up with the solution and even Stripe guys were amazed at our solution.

The client wants 10 cents as application fees. To activate that, we have to use stripe’s connected feature, where user undergoes through the Oauth and once user allows us the access to their account, it redirects us to the other URL. As soon as the app redirects, we get a URL that we call and an API to get unique customer IDs on which we can charge. We can now charge to that customer using that customer ID and as our account is now connected, we can also get application fees credited to our client's account.

For this, our development team has discussed with Stripe official team, participated in forums and figure out the solution.

Recently, we are facing issues with the development of a MSQRD type of app, and we already have achieved 90% accuracy on the same and have a roadmap on how to achieve 100%.

Last time we spoke, your colleague said “The mobile devices working successfully nowadays are the one with a bigger screen ”. A lot has happened since then. What would you answer now?

It is the same with the fact that mobile devices are already at the stage where we cannot expect even larger screen sizes than what we already have. Apple has launched iPhone SE with all hardware capabilities of iPhone 6 with a screen size of iPhone 5.

What do you think will be the biggest smartphone release in 2016 and why?

I think this year iPhone 7 will be a big change as the iPhone 6S doesn't bring anything amazing aside from fancy new 3D Touch technology. iPhone7 will have new color options, a larger camera lens, ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack and will be thinner with 32GB as minimum storage choice.

Another thing is you can have more control of the iPhone and iPad over the version of iOS 10. For the first time, users will able to delete built-in apps like Music, Video, Calculator or Maps and download them again later.

Users can see all the major iOS applications within the App Store, and they have removed screenshots and descriptions. In iOS10 SDK, users also find new APIs and services that allow new categories of apps and features. Developed apps for iOS 10 can also extend to Siri, Phone, Messages and Maps to offer more engaging functionality like never before.

Besides smartphones, what mobile device do you think is worth having first?

There are startups, small and midsize businesses following the mobile trends and adopting Apple TV. Apple has introduced a new tvOS platform after 10 years of the company’s first attempt to bring iTunes and cloud content to the TV to power the future of its Apple TV vision for the living room. We also received an inquiry to convert an iPhone app to tvOS app. Our mobile app developers are working on fitness apps for watchOS to watchOS 2 and also integrating Apple watch apps features.

What do you think mobile devices will be able to do in the future that they don’t do now?

We might be able to have mobile phones responding automatically with intelligence, this might be possible with ever growing SIRI (voice recognition, Facebook Bot, AI, and AR). The trend alredy started with Pokémon Go.

What smartphone feature could you not live without?

Smartphone itself as it is, no more just a phone, it’s a combination of Phone+Computer.

Is Space-O adapting to the new technologies and devices coming along?

We are working with a lot of new technologies such as artificial intelligence. Bot development is the combination of artificial intelligence and low-friction interface that enable users to ask questions, provide the facts or express a wish in speech and text. Recently, we have developed our own bot for Facebook Messenger and we do offer bot development service as well.

In 2016, Go released a new version 1.6 with more improvements that include HTTP/2 support for net/HTTP servers and clients, support for blocks in text and HTML templates, an official package vendoring mechanism, a memory sanitizer that checks both Go and C/C++ code, and the usual collection of improvements and fixes. Go’s way forward looks a bit brighter now and we are trying to get ourselves trained to develop apps with Golang.

From 2016, we have adopted the syntax and coding pattern of Swift. Swift is designed to give us (iOS developers) more freedom than ever. Swift removes the unsafe pointer management and at the same time also maintains interaction with Objective-C and C. The syntax and the coding has been made easier with many added features which were not present in Objective-C.

What advice would you give to anyone with an app idea who didn’t know how to get started?

We had conversions with more than 2000+ entrepreneurs and companies and the common question we have always received is how to secure your app idea and how it will proceed with an idea to life.

We understand the importance of the app idea and thus, we sign NDA with people, who want to share an idea with us. We believe in the design-led-engineering process, wherein we first make the sketch ready app product for our clients and if the idea is pretty much clear, we make wireframe and prototyping the idea and show to a client the exact deliverables. Once the design is approved, we work on engineering part (app development) and develop the product as a client has expected.

During the phase of discussion, we discuss funding, idea, deliverables and budgets with our clients. We define the project into phases / milestones. If an idea or budget constraint, we recommend MVP (minimum viable product), which is a complete product with basic facilities required to run the app. For an example, you want to make an app for photo editing. The first thing any developer will give you is a basic app that allows you to add 10 filters to any image and add a frame. Once this app is well-liked by the people, you will cover the other features in phase 2.

Another is POC, working sketch demo that allows you to run usability studies on it. POC communicate and test mobile ideas. They are often used to demonstrate the feasibility of implementation. It’s not a completed product ready for market. User stories and a test plan will help when collecting data and feedback from end-users. Having measurable, consistent data is important to help you validate or invalidate your “Proof” of concept.

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