By Ross Cohen, COO of BeenVerified:
One of the things I’m most proud of as a co-founder of BeenVerified is the opportunity our company provides its employees to constantly grow their skills in new areas. An obvious recent example of this is the effort that went into the design and launch of the BeenVerified app for Apple Watch, which involved designing a new app from scratch for a brand new platform.
While the project provided some unique challenges, I felt there were also some amazing opportunities for our development team, including the opportunity to visit the Apple Campus in Cupertino. Our team was one of just 500 developers invited to test their app at Apple’s Watch development lab.
We asked our engineers who worked on the app about their successes, challenges and favorite features to come out of the BeenVerified app for Apple Watch. Below are their answers:
What was the biggest challenge in developing the app?
“The biggest challenge of developing the AppleWatch app was the space constraint. The limited real estate on the screens meant that we had to keep the app to the bare minimum that the user would still love to use. On top of that, we did not have an AppleWatch to test on until the app was 90% finished which added a degree of difficulty.”
Can you talk about the process of developing the app?
“We started developing the app by experimenting how the Watch communicates with the iPhone in order for us to understand how someone can most effectively use the BeenVerified Watch app. Then we began to study what other apps for the Watch were coming up with and how we could improve our app. It was interesting to see how people were developing for hardware that they haven’t laid hands on yet. After that it was a rush to the finish by constantly iterating in order to get the app ready for release. Lots of rushing, but well worth it to be one of the first ones out the door on the new hardware.”
What is the coolest part of the app?
“The coolest part about our app is the fact that instantly after inputting a phone number, you are presented with the users info as well as their photograph. We all get so many calls on our iPhones from random numbers, but can’t look them up in time, because you can’t leave the call screen. Our app alleviates that challenge. You can now look up numbers while the phone is still ringing. It’s just a huge convenience. These days, you just never know who is calling you, and there are a lot of crazy phone scams out there. We wanted to create an app that helps people avoid these calls. This app is a big step closer to the caller ID that’s missing on the iPhone. For people who buy the Apple Watch, this is the type of app we hope that will become part of their everyday routine.”
My co-founder and BeenVerified’s CEO, Josh Levy, put it nicely: “It was natural for us to develop an app for the Watch. We’ve built our company on offering people new and easy ways to access public data in an affordable and organized manner. And what could be easier than viewing incoming call details from your watch? We like to think that our app is one small reason the Apple Watch and wearables like it will become essential communication tools in years to come.”
We hope if and when you take the plunge and buy an Apple Watch, our app will be one of the first you go out and download. We wanted to focus on a real problem our users face and solve it with public data. This is what we’ll continue to do as new devices, platforms and products emerge.
We hope you’re as pleased with the result as we are and we’re always seeking to improve with your feedback.
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