Native App Development
Rock-solid, enterprise-grade development.
We hire the best (choosing from more than 80 applicants for every software development position). Working together in co-located teams, we constantly learn from and challenge each other. Our teams stay lean and rapidly deploy customized solutions for each client. We assign seasoned Principals to every project to ensure personal growth and code quality, and we offer every developer the opportunity to attend one educational conference a year. The result: the lowest developer churn in the industry, and WillowTree is one of only five mobile agencies recognized as a Strong Performer in B2C Mobile Services by Forrester.
Native App Development Leadership
- Gregg CarrierChief Operating Officer
- Kevin SneadVP of Engineering
- Derek BrameyerVP of Operations - Durham
- Adrian GuevaraVP of Security
Native App Development
Our seasoned architects help our clients evaluate options to bring their projects to life. The best mobile experiences require a robust back-end foundation. Our teams have years of experience integrating with back-end and middleware systems and can evaluate alternatives based on cost, time to market, implementation risk, performance, scaling, and security considerations.
We began building iOS apps the day the iPhone SDK opened up, and we haven’t stopped since. We leverage the strengths of each and every iOS platform to build incredible solutions across iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. The result: over 20 of our clients’ apps have been featured in the App Store, and WillowTree has been named an official member of Apple’s Mobility Partner Program (MPP).
- iPhone / iPad Development
- Apple Watch
- Apple TV/tvOS
- Siri Intents
Since the earliest days of Cupcake, we’ve been developing incredible Android applications, taking advantage of everything Android has to offer, including a Chromecast app which Google engineers termed “the best Chromecast integration we have seen to date.” The result: over 20 of our clients’ apps have been featured in Google Play, and WillowTree is one of 18 worldwide Google Developer Certified Agencies.
- Android TV
- Custom-embedded Android ROM
- Android Wear
When it comes to cross-platform solutions, you want something that can handle complexity, but you don’t want to sacrifice the performance and feel of a native application. That’s why Xamarin is our cross-platform tool of choice, and why we’re an official Xamarin Certified Premier Consulting Partner. And because we do each platform natively, we know how to create apps from a single code base that look and perform great, regardless of what platform they’re on.
- Native Library Binding
SAP Mobile development
An official SAP PartnerEdge Build Silver Partner, WillowTree focuses on bringing consumer-grade design practices to our SAP clients. Through efficient, user-focused design, we’ve helped clients reduce field order time by 67%, improved sales conversion rates by 18%, and decreased customer service call time by 28%.
- SAP HANA Cloud Platform Cockpit
- HANA Cloud Connector (HCC)
- HANA Cloud Platform Mobile Services (HCpms)
- SAP Mobile Platform (SMP)
- Native apps (SAP native SDK)
- Web apps (Fiori/UI5)
- Hybrid apps (Kapsel/Cordova)
- Metadata apps (Agentry)
- Integration with Netweaver Gateway
Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP) allows companies to target multiple audiences and devices using a single codebase. That means new opportunities for brands to expand their reach and grow their audience—even outside the mobile space. Developing a great UWP app requires an in-depth understanding of the multi-use and multi-platform scenarios tied to the platform. Our developers can help you build a UWP app that feels as good on your 5" phone as it does on a 45" TV.
- C++ & C++/CX
- Xbox One
- Windows & Windows Phone
Interactive TV development
We’ve developed interactive TV and OTT experiences for some of the world’s leading media companies, including Time Warner, Fox, CBS, and CBC. We consider differences in context, input, and ergonomics that are essential to creating incredible TV experiences. Our proprietary Salix™ video platform allows us to rapidly deploy OTT projects in weeks, not months.
- Apple TV/tvOS
- Android TV
- Smart TV
- PlayStation 4 (PS4)
- Xbox One
- IBM Cloud Video
Mobile backend engineering
From the earliest stages of product conception and strategy, our API architects focus on building a custom solution to meet your specific needs. Whether it’s integrating with your existing systems, developing a middleware-based approach, or building a custom, from-scratch solution, our engineers have done it.
- Amazon Web Services
- Cloud Computing
- Microsoft Azure
- SAP Data Services
QA and testing
We consider quality assurance and testing absolutely critical to every project we take on—that’s why our QA team members are involved from day one through product launch (and after). We aren’t satisfied until your app runs the gauntlet of our automated and manual tests, and makes it through intact.
Tools & Expertise
- Charles proxy
- XCTest UI
- AWS Device Farm
- Xamarin Test Cloud
- Firebase Test Lab
- Sauce Labs Real Device Cloud
Security & compliance
Mobile security is a boardroom topic. Forrester projects that a security breach will force a Fortune 5000 company into bankruptcy this year. WillowTree has developed an industry-leading approach to ensure we offer our clients comprehensive approaches to testing every project before every deployment.
- BlackDuck (open-source security tracking and scanning)
- Checkmarx (static application security testing)
- netsparker (web and web service scanning)
- Internal audits and pen testing
- Code logic obfuscation and encryption
- Response, continuity, and disaster recovery plans
- Industry standards compliance (OWASP, PCI, HIPAA, NIST, FFIEC)
- Background checks
Native App Development Toolkit
Our development toolkit is changing constantly as technology evolves. Right now we're focused on using the following technologies to bring our projects to life:
- Android Studio
- Xamarin Studio