Uptech

Design & Development company - Apps for bold ideas

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Uptech is an international software development company that helps build profitable products with product market fit for companies on Fortune 500, Inc. 5000 lists and fast scale-up teams for technology startups. Our customer-centric approach to app development and industry know-how results in our client’s remarkable growth and our long-term partnership.

What apps we create:

  • Native iOS and Android apps
  • Cross-platform mobile apps (using Flutter)
  • Web apps

By working with us, you not only get a 5-star product. You get smooth communication, full support, and openness. Why? Uptech is fully transparent and honest. This lets our team work like one organism and deliver service beyond expectation.

Our expertise:

  • Healthcare
  • Fintech
  • E-commerce
  • Proptech
  • On-demand apps (like Uber)
  • Streaming apps (like HQ Trivia)

To know the price and duration of development, contact us at [email protected]. We’ll specify the features of your app and provide you a full time&cost estimate.

Let’s make your idea real!

$25 - $49/hr
50 - 249
2016
Locations
Ukraine
59 Zhylianska str., Kyiv, kyiv 01033
+380936067875
United States
3415 South Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 1100, Los Angeles, California 90034
+13107769351
Poland
Antoniego Abrahama 46B, Gdynia, Pomorskie 81-395
+48 57 126-70-45
Cyprus
Giannou Kranidioti 29,, Paphos, Paphos 8035
+48 57 126-70-45

Focus Areas

Service Focus

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  • Mobile App Development
  • Web Development
  • App Designing (UI/UX)
  • Web Designing (UI/UX)
  • IT Services

Client Focus

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  • Small Business
  • Medium Business

Industry Focus

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  • Consumer Products
  • Healthcare & Medical
  • Financial & Payments

Uptech Executive Interview

Andriy Bas
Andriy Bas
Co-founder, Team Lead
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Please introduce your company and give a brief about your role within the company?
I’m a Co-founder and CEO at Uptech a design and development product studio based in Kyiv, Ukraine. We’re a team of 50+ engineers helping companies all over the world bring their bold ideas to life. Our focus is to handle all product lifecycle, from the market and user research, generating and validating prototypes applying the best design thinking methods, design, development, release, and support.
What was the idea behind starting this organization?
While working in other companies, my Co-founder Dima Kovalenko and I felt that the way organizations are run is not the most optimal one. We believe that the team can achieve outstanding results if we create an environment where every team member can reach their full potential. Thus we founded Uptech, and built the work processes based on trust, freedom, and responsibility, made everything transparent inside the organization and stay committed to our mission of creating an inspiring work environment.
What are your company’s business model–in house team or third party vendors/ outsourcing?
All engineers are based in Kyiv, in a single office. We believe in the power of teams working together (even though we allow our team members to have a flexible schedule and work remotely from time to time). We don’t outsource to other vendors, the projects we handle all in-house (or if we cannot handle it in-house, we refer the client to one of our partners, who takes over the project completely).
How is your business model beneficial from a value addition perspective to the clients compared to other companies' models?
We’re a one-stop product studio for clients. We can do almost all parts of the product development in-house by our team. It’s a rare combination of culture and team expertise that is found mainly in the best tech companies such as Facebook or Google. So the clients benefit from working with us without the need to combine different expertise from different teams. We take ownership of our products, working together with clients to solve user needs and achieve business goals.
What industries do you generally cater to? Are your customers repetitive?If yes, what ratio of clients has been repetitive to you?
We don’t limit the industries we work with (we’ve done projects in over 15 industries). The most common are fintech, education, the marketplace, on-demand delivery apps, social apps.
We are blessed to have a lot of repeat customers. In fact, 80% of our new projects come from the referrals of the existing ones. This is a good metric that signifies how our clients are satisfied with our services.
Mention the objectives or the parameters critical in determining the time frame of developing a mobile app.
Our first step when any project starts is to conduct a Discovery. Without the proper Discovery, it’s just speculation about the timeframe of the project. Before that, we roughly estimate how much time/effort such a project might take (with a wide range of the low-high estimates). If the client is okay with the range, we start the Discovery, during which our team analyses the project, conducts research, builds the prototype if needed, and only after that can send the proposal. To give you some numbers, the first version of the mobile app for one platform (iOS or Android) can start in the range of $40,000 — $80,000.
How much effort in terms of time goes into developing the front end and back end of a mobile app?
It really depends from one app to another. For example, for the data-focused advertising platform Advaice that we built, the main focus and challenge were on the backend. On the other hand, for the consumer-focused location-based video chat Yaza — it’s a much more frontend-focused project.
What are the key parameters to be considered before selecting the right platform for a mobile application?
Here are a few questions that you need to answer before selecting the right platform:
• What are your business goals and the expected roadmap?
• Who is your target audience?
• What are the Jobs-to-be-Done of our target audience (or their needs)?
• How will the product solve those needs?
• How do you know that you have a Product/Market fit? If not, what minimal effort can we do to validate/invalidate it?
• How do we plan to reach that audience?
• What is the budget?
• What are the business/user/market/privacy/legal constraints we need to take into account?
• What is the desired timeline for the project?
Which platform do you suggest your clients to begin with when they approach you with an idea (Android or iOS) and why?
It depends on what is the product, in which industry you work, what are user expectations, who are the competitors, what is the budget, etc. Our clients often start with the iOS, and after a few iterations, when the Product/Market found is fit, we develop and bring the Android version up to speed with the iOS.
Android or iOS, Native or Hybrid — which platform is best to use to build your app? What are your recommendations?
It also depends on the product. For example, for the established, well-known brands, we don’t recommend to start with the cross-platform app since it might harm their reputation.
For the less-known brands that are just starting, it might be okay to start with one platform or to start with the cross-platform solution (React Native or Flutter) for the MVP. And migrate to the native solution once they get traction.
In general, we see that the user expectations increase and the quick MVP with minimal functionality is not good enough to start. Thus it’s better to launch on one platform with a good MVP, rather than on both platforms with buggy MVP.
What are the key factors that you consider before deciding the cost of a mobile application?
It depends on the type of product that we work with. Some of the most common factors are:
• The number of features in the app.
• The UX requirements of the product (how smooth/fast the app should work).
• The complexity/quality of the design.
• Offline/online support.
• Types of some specific features/technologies involved (audio/video processing, location-heavy features, video streaming, AI, VR, etc.)
• Edge cases handling.
• Screen orientation support.
• How many different types of devices do we need to support?
and many many more.
What kind of payment structure do you follow to bill your clients? Is it Pay per Feature, Fixed Cost, Pay per Milestone (could be in phases, months, versions etc.)
We usually work according to the 2 models. The first is the Dedicated Team model when the client hires the team to work on the project and pays for the week or month of the work of that team. Such team usually include PM, designer, backend and frontend developers, QA. The benefits of this model that we can start faster and iterate on the go. It works best for long-term projects, as it requires less planning before each iteration.
The second model — Fixed-price project. It requires more planning up-front but allows the client to make sure the project would fit within the limited budget.
Usually, we start with the client with the Fixed-price project for the first MVP version and then move to the Dedicated Team model for the next releases.
Do you take in projects which meet your basic budget requirement? If yes, what is the minimum requirement? If no, on what minimum budget you have worked for?
We focus on working only with the projects where the full project-team can be assembled. Usually, we start with projects from $40,000 for the first version.
What is the price range (min and max) of the projects that you catered to in 2018?
It depends on the project. The minimum was about $40,000; the maximum was over $500,000.
Which business model do you suggest to your clients enabling them to generate revenue from mobile applications? Why?
It is usually up to the client to define the business model. If the client has not decided yet, we brainstorm and discuss different revenue models, including subscriptions, in-app purchases, fixed costs, etc. The most sustainable in 2018-2019 proven to be the subscription model. But it depends on the product and the industry a lot. Thus I cannot give any strong recommendations without the product/industry details.
Kindly share your feedback on how GoodFirms has been doing so far in increasing your visibility among potential clients.
GoodFirms is a good platform where clients search and compare different vendors. The GoodFirms presence and client reviews on the platform helped us earn credibility from our potential clients.

Uptech Clients & Portfolios

Key Clients

  • GOAT
  • Aspiration
  • Dollar Shave Club
  • Yaza
  • Cardless

Dollar Shave Club (Unilever) Android app
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Dollar Shave Club (Unilever) Android app
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$500000+
100 weeks
E-commerce

Dollar Shave Club (owned by Unilever) makes and delivers everything you need to look, feel, and shave like a million bucks!

Results of the app:

☝️ 2017 Webby Award Winner for Best Shopping App

⭐ 4.8 rating on Play Store 

❤️ 98,6% crash-free users

Yaza - a video mapping startup
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Yaza - a video mapping startup
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60 weeks
Real Estate

Uptech is developing an MVP for a video mapping iOS app. We work as an offshore team to help build UX/UI and solve problems with GPS, video functionality, and performance optimization. 

Yaza is a social app: video messenger for recording, storing, and sharing HD videos. 

Yaza is focused around the location and personalized recommendations, optimized for video sharing, and has full privacy controls for users.

Aspiration iOS and Android apps
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Aspiration iOS and Android apps
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$50001 to $100000
40 weeks
Financial & Payments

Aspiration(link is external) is a financial firm you can fall in love with.

Aspiration is built on trust, focused on the middle class instead of millionaires, and founded on the idea that we can do well and do good at the same time.

Aspiration brings to everyone the kinds of banking and investing options once limited to only the wealthiest Americans.

Results of the app:

⭐ 4.9+ App rating on App Store

✅ 99% Crash-free users

❤️ 40k monthly active users

✍️ 2.24k reviews on App Store

Ripkord.tv iOS and Android apps
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Ripkord.tv iOS and Android apps
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$50001 to $100000
30 weeks
Art, Entertainment & Music

Live mobile TV network: Play games, win real $ prizes. Ripkord.tv is the next HQ Trivia!

Results:

  • ⚙️ 98.3% crash-free sessions

  • ❤️ 8000+ monthly active users

  • ⭐ 4.3+ rating on App Store

Sprent iOS and Android app
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Sprent iOS and Android app
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$10001 to $50000
30 weeks
Business Services

Sprent is an on-demand app for delivery services in Saudi Arabia. 

UPTech team worked on the iOS and Android apps. 

App results:

☘️ 10k monthly active users

⚙️ 99.6% crash-free sessions

⭐ 4.4 rating on Play Store

DroneBase
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DroneBase
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$10001 to $50000
30 weeks
Business Services

DroneBaseoffers professional drone services for every business.

Results:

⛳Featured in TechCrunch, Hilton, Zillow

✔️More than 10 drone models supported

⛰️DroneBase flies in all 50 states and over 30 countries

ArtKive
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ArtKive
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$10001 to $50000
40 weeks
Social

***Featured as an APP OF THE DAY by Apple***

As seen on THE TODAY SHOW, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, in REAL SIMPLE, PARENTS MAGAZINE, and countless other parenting resources, Artkive is the leading and original app to chronologically store, share and print your child's artwork or schoolwork.

Results of the app:

☝️ ArtKive app was nominated App of the Day by Apple

⚙️ Stability increased from 88% to 99%

❤️ 33 000 monthly active users

Freebird iOS & Android app
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Freebird iOS & Android app
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$50001 to $100000
30 weeks
Business Services

Freebird Rides(link is external) brings you to the best bars and restaurants in town. 

Select where you want to go, accept the business's ride contribution offer, and request your ride. Freebird connects directly to the Uber app. You'll get your cash back when you close your tab at the bar/restaurant.

✅ 98+% crash free users

⭐ 4.5+ App rating on App Store

⚡ 200+ successful rides/week

PhotoOps iOS & Android app
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PhotoOps iOS & Android app
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$10001 to $50000
24 weeks
Gaming

Photo Ops(link is external) is a competitive, real time, photo sharing scavenger hunt.

Dominate the competition and win prizes! Winners receive everything from computers, high-end fashion accessories, vacations packages and anything else you can think of.

In Photo Ops the players get to decide whether or not a find is legit. YOU get to decide who wins and who loses.

#YoShirt Android App
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#YoShirt Android App
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$10001 to $50000
16 weeks
Consumer Products

YoShirt is the app for creating one-of-a-kind apparel and accessories. Simply snap it, customise it, and wear it.
Our client asked us to create an application that will resolve their needs.
It took us multiple iterations to design elegant solution, that at the end appeared to be rather easy to implement. Using modern reactive programming approaches, we were able to handle all the engineering challenges. 
YoShirt is a big and challenging project that gave us an opportunity to do a lot of research, enhanced our expertise in image manipulation and processing, concurrency, image caching, reminded us about all the math we’ve studied in the university)). It’s a pleasure seeing how people dreams come true with elegant YoShirt apps.

Audiojoy - iOS & Android
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Audiojoy - iOS & Android
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$10001 to $50000
13 weeks
Art, Entertainment & Music

Client had a bunch of content packs, and already published iOS app. Client wanted to take the same approach as with previous iOS version - create one template project, that could be duplicated and customised. The solution should be simple, and so that even non-technical person could create customised apps for new content packs.
Audiojoy is a great project that gave us an opportunity to do a lot of research, challenged us with non-trivial task, enhanced our expertise in Android build system and audio playing features. It's a great delight seeing how Audiojoy apps, centered around self improvement, personal growth and inspiration, help make this world a better place to live.
"Really though, its by far the best android development and non US based I’ve ever had… and I’ve been doing tech for 20+ years." - says Jeff Solomon, the client.

Voter - iOS & Android App
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Voter - iOS & Android App
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$10001 to $50000
17 weeks
Consumer Products

Voter - Matchmaking For Politics. 
It’s like online dating, for politics! Voter analyzes mountains of data, including public stances, voting records, speeches, and more, to make sure your matches are accurate. 
Voter allows users to answer a few simple questions and find out which politicians truly have their best interests at heart, and have a track record to back it up.
Main challenge for our team was to match the iOS app in animation quality and performance. 
In addition to mastering animations on Android platform, Voter project taught us to make full use of architecture patterns and best practices and in the field. Application is 100% written in Kotlin, which is a great innovation for us. We believe that trying new technologies and constantly innovating is the key to great software development.
"We got the android version out, it works well and looks good, it was on time, and it was within budget." - says Hunter Scarborough, the client.

Uptech Reviews

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Peter Sisson

Top notch team with a rigorous process able to take on challenging projects.

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Project Detail

$200000+
Completed

Review Summary

Uptech built our app for capturing and mapping videos that can be shared with a link and play in a browser. The map uses Google AI image classifier to make videos searchable, built-in chat, a social feed, and a “playable map” interface. The deliverable was an iOS app, all its backend server work, and the web-based link player.

There were some initial performance issues, but those were addressed over time. The app was launched targeting travel use cases just a few months before covid started. Uptech worked with us to help us reposition the app for other use cases to help the company survive. That burned more money than we had budgeted, but Uptech allowed us to pay it over time. The only thing I didn’t like is that when it became clear our money was low, they passed us on to another firm who were not so great. In the end we were able to raise more money and it would have been much better for us if they had stuck with us.

What was the project name that you have worked with Uptech?

Yaza video mapping and sharing

What service was provided as part of the project?

Mobile App Development, App Designing (UI/UX)

Describe your project in brief

An iOS app for travelers to map and share their experiences with short videos that can be shared as links that play with a map in web browsers.

What is it about the company that you appreciate the most?

The people there are great. Talented, smart, and able to take on challenging projects.

The have adopted the latest lean startup practices. It feels very much like working with a firm straight out of Silicon Valley

What was it about the company that you didn't like which they should do better?

I didn’t like being dumped when we were between rounds and low on cash.

Although they discounted billing to address some of the performance issues, It was a bit of a battle to get there.

Their bottleneck was having two few UX/UI designers in house, but perhaps that has been addressed with more hires.

Mahmoud Haji

The best team I had worked with so far

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$50001 to $200000

Review Summary

They are really good at what they are doing, always provide suggestions on how to improve the product, well organized, fantastic quality and for sure friendly team.

One of the best development company I had worked with and I highly recommend them to anyone who cares about his product :).

What service was provided as part of the project?

Mobile App Development

Jeff Solomon

Srsly, these guys are the best, that is really all that needs to be said

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$10001 to $50000

Review Summary

The whole team is on it. I've build real friendships along with a strong business relationship. I continue to give the team more responsibility, more projects, more tech variations and more complex PRD's.

What service was provided as part of the project?

Mobile App Development

What is it about the company that you appreciate the most?

They suggest improvements over my original scope.

What was it about the company that you didn't like which they should do better?

The only area we could improve is the task management. I'm sorta a PT guy and they like Trello (not a huge fan). But we manage and we're improving.

Dan Flanegan

Amazing Team and Expertise

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The UPTech team has been consistently a great group to work with! Not only is the quality of their work superb, but they are always there to hunt down answers to our most pressing questions regarding the right way to approach product development! We love working with them and look forward to a long lasting relationship!

What service was provided as part of the project?

Mobile App Development, App Designing (UI/UX)

Hunter Scarborough

Best of the best

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I had the privilege of working with UpTech last year. They did a phenomenal job, always delivering everything ahead of schedule. Most notably, they would go above and beyond, asking permission to add this or that component to improve usability free of charge. They truly care about the products they build, which is incredible to find in an agency.

What service was provided as part of the project?

Mobile App Development, App Designing (UI/UX)