Potado is a leading an app development company that builds app for iPhone, Android, web, and smart devices such as wearables and IoT. We work with the biggest companies in Vietnam as well as the coolest Vietnamese startups! Our global team is made of of UX specialists, marketing cowboys, graphic designers, product builders, as well as app developers and engineers.
We don't simply build apps, we build partnerships by working with our clients to develop awesome tech that goes on to support millions of users or large enterprises. Because of that we only work with clients we believe in, so if you want an agency that just codes without providing any input, you are in the wrong place. When we work with our clients we allow them to be as involves as they want and we offer suggestions based on our experience in the field. We've seen what works, so we will help you do what's best for your business.
Vietnam, has become one the the best places to launch a startup company. The growth of incubators, co-working spaces, and innovation programs have lured entrepreneurs from all around Vietnam and the world to build here. Along with the great business environment, cities like Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang are among the the best cities in the world to live for quality of life. We decided to ask a few founders on why they chose to develop their app in Vietnam, and this is what they had to say:
"We build smart city products and I personally am very interested in sustainability and green cities. Ho Chi Minh City has amazing parks and the city is quite walkable and growing rapidly. Vietnamese architects are integrating nature into their designs and use technology to improve living and save energy. This is the future, and so is Vietnam, that's why we building our startup here."
"We actually moved our team here from Singapore. Vietnam has some of the best app developers in Asia and the world. It must come from the fact that the average IQ and math skills of school kids are quite high here. Those are foundational skills for programmers so it all makes sense. Hiring talented engineers and developers are easy here. Singapore is great as well, but it's much smaller population means less developers and the ones that are there do prefer working at companies like Google and mIcrosoft instead of startups. That, plus a lower cost of living, is why we chose to develop our app in Vietnam."
"When I'm not planning business growth for my company I'm a huge foodie. Vietnam has a wide variety of food options. Restaurants and markets with food from all around the world. The coffee culture is also really awesome, you will find so many cafes. In most of Vietnam's cities, you can find great bars, hidden and rooftop bars, great for some work life balance."
One of the first things you need to decide when building a mobile app is which platforms you will target. Nowadays we have a few platforms namely Android, iPhone, and web and each of these require a different app to be developed. So for you will need an android app developer, iPhone app developer, and web developer to build out your product. This is a major difficulty, especially for smaller companies who have limited budgets or even just need to keep costs down. Not only is the initial app development cost high because 3 apps need to be built, but every upgrade, change or issue also needs to be done to 3 projects. Luckily in most cases you don't need to develop 3 apps if you want to target all the mobile platforms. Thanks to some really smart engineers we now have tools that let us develop 1 app that works on multiple platforms. Facebook manages and maintains React and React Native, Google manages Flutter, and the Ionic team also does a great job making our lives a lot easier. These tools allow us to develop cross platform apps and just about every app on your mobile phone today has been built with these tools.
Since Steve Jobs released the iPhone, iOS has always held a premium status compared to Android devices and because of the higher cost, the devices were more popular in developed countries like Singapore, Japan, and the Australia. As of 2021, 66 percent of Vietnamese mobile phone owners use Android. Because of the larger market share, app developers usually focus on Android first in Vietnam. However it's also important to consider than iPhones do still account for 34 percent of the mobile phones in Vietnam. With a large population, that is a few million people, so if you want your product to reach all your users you will need an app that works on both platforms.
When you hire our iPhone app developers we will use XCode with Swift or Objective C to develop native iOS applications. These apps are best suited for very hardware dependant apps such as camera apps. For most use cases we will develop iPhone apps with React Native, Flutter, or other cross platform technologies.
Android has always been the more affordable mobile OS in Vietnam, or the poor mans OS, but times have changed. Android now has some of the sleekest devices with advanced functionality. So now it's not a matter of which is best, it's a matter of preference. Android offers more customization and is nicely synced with Google, which is no surprise as Android is actually owned by Google, where iOS is more about minimalism, simplicity and privacy. So having a well designed app on both operating systems ensures that your service is available for all users no matter their device preference. Therefor, hiring Android app developers for your Vietnam startup is a smart step if you want to reach all your potential users.
Our android development team uses Android Studio with Kotlin or Java to develop native apps and Flutter, React Native or other web technologies for cross platform apps.
To develop world class apps, you need a world class process. Good planning and even better communication sets a solid foundation in any project. We know the technical details, we know design, we know how people use apps, and most importantly we know how to talk about these things in a clear and non technical way that you can easily understand even technology isn't your thing. We break up every project into a set of proven steps from planning to launch:
Once we begin the project we will start the discovery and planning stage. This is when our team will work with you to come up with a structure for your project. Which technologies will we use, how many views, which features we will have and what is the monetization and marketing strategy All those aspects are important having a solid blueprint is essential.
A wireframe is a rough sketch that illustrates the user experience and screens of the app. Color and design elements are not used yet and the focus of this is to plan features and functionality. During this step we will work closely with you to ensure we see eye to eye with your vision. Our app development team will also plan the data structure during this stage.
Using the wireframes, our UX design team will start to add some color. We use tools such as Figma, Adobe XD or Sketch to draw us beautiful app designers. We believe in simple and intuitive interfaces and always keep up to date with the latest and greatest design trends.
Testing is essential. Without it users can encounter errors that lead to bad user experiences. Too many of these and they will not be using your app. So it's important to fully test all functionality thoroughly to unsure quality before releasing the app into production. Any good software development company will know the importance of testing, so at Potado this is a vital part of any project.
Once we are ready to launch the app, we will work with you to prepare the app store listing for the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Huawei App Gallery. We will then upload the app and await for the review to be completed. Once that's done, we are live!
If you are looking for an a team of app developers in Vietnam to partner with, we would love to hear more about your project. We don't just work with any Vietnamese company. We hand pick all our clients and only take on projects we believe in. Here is what some of our clients had to say about us:
"I am a marketing guy, I run a few websites and focus on creating content. One of them happen to be a fitness website and I wanted to build an app where users could customise their workouts and share it with friends. Potado helped me achieve this. I had a great experience and am sure you will too."
"Our construction company based out of Vietnam did a lot of manual recording of data. We often lost the books, or couldn't record the data for some reason. We worked with Potado to build a simple app we could use internally to track and manage our data. The app works smoothly, and saves our team a lot of time, much appreciated!"