WHIZZ launched the Android app just a week ago, so it’s only fitting that our WHIZZ Employee of the Month is man who made it all possible: Keyur Thakkar.
WHIZZ Tech Lead Neil Grusd first hired Keyur to work on a test assignment. It took him three days to finish it. But could he finish an Android app in three months?
One app to rule them all
Keyur had two things working for him: extensive experience (he worked for LG Electronics for over 6 years) and the fact that he’s an Android user himself. “I’ve never even touched an Apple phone in my life!” he says. “There are more features, more apps. There’s just so much more you can do with Android.”
But this flexibility is exactly why developing for Android can be, well… such a pain in the app. Keyur and his team had to keep in consideration the vast multitude of different Android devices on the market to ensure the app worked flawlessly on each.
“On a scale of 1 to 10, my stress level was about… a 9,” says Keyur, who says the late nights and pressure never got to him because of the incredible positivity and support he got from the Whizz team. “It was a group effort and we met the challenges together. ALL IN!”
He adds that problems don’t bring him down; he actually welcomes them. “How can you do your best if you’re not being pushed past your limits? I get an energy rush whenever I encounter an issue. I am excited to find out how to solve it.”
Keyur and his team had to keep in consideration the vast multitude of different Android devices on the market to ensure the app worked flawlessly on each.
Keyur, After hours
Keyur loves to cook, and even signed up for classes on pastries, chocolate making, and different cuisines at the nearby community college. He’s in charge of WHIZZ’s Breakfast Club – a weekly potluck to kick off the day with good food and good vibes. Keyur collects everyone’s wish lists and assigns the dishes.
n weekends, he visits his sister and nephew. He also hopes to see more of Australia, and maybe find time to write again. He used to blog back in 2006, writing down his thoughts on relationships, life, a day at work. He would even write poetry.
But right now he’s focused on improving the Android app. “It’s like a baby. You take care of it when is sick (like when it isn’t stable) and you ‘raise’ it so it becomes better.”
Now download the Whizz Android app and make its daddy proud.
After months of development WHIZZ is proud to announce we are now on Android!
We promised that making a booking for a WHIZZ clean would be easy and convenient — with just a few clicks on your mouse or phone, you’re done! The Android app is the latest piece in the WHIZZ story.
WHIZZ Android App design
“The features and design of our WHIZZ Android App are on par with our award winning iPhone App, awarded gold in 2015 App Design Awards for Best App Startup. With the WHIZZ Android App now in the Play Store, many more Australians can use their smartphones to enjoy the WHIZZ experience!” says Neil Grusd, Chief Tech @ WHIZZ.
Like our award-winning iPhone app, you will enjoy a user-friendly and clean interface that lets you specify the cleaning services you require, select your date and time and then a quick and easy payment. Keyur Thakkar, who leads the Android development says that an “Android flavour” was added to the iPhone version, and the least used features removed so as to simplify the booking process and provide customers a seamless experience.
“The WHIZZ design team revisited the business requirements to create a streamline UI with the single goal of making a WHIZZ booking even more intuitive to our new Android users. It had to be short and simple,” says Keyur.
After 3 months of design, development and testing, the WHIZZ Android App was quietly released internally to identify and address potential technical issues before going ahead with a public release on Australia Day 2016. “Going ahead, having both Android and iPhone Apps enables WHIZZ to now rapidly extend our offering across AU’s mobile marketplace for on demand home services.” says Grusd.
Commitment to quality and convenience
The Android app development and design reflects Whizz’s commitment to details and constant endeavour to get things right. WHIZZ has combined the convenience of technology with a one-to-one personal touch.
“Some key updates were introduced to the WHIZZ platform start of this year which allows our customers to better communicate their personal needs to their WHIZZ cleaner. You can now customise your clean accordingly,” says Mark Bernberg, WHIZZ CEO. “We are driven by your experience as the customer. Everything from START TO FINISH is clean, simple and delivers on our WHIZZ brand promise – A HAPPY HOME.”
Download the WHIZZ Android App
Download the WHIZZ iPhone App
For more information about WHIZZ, go to whizz.com.au
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RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! We’re not kidding. This Movember – a worldwide campaign that raises awareness on Men’s Health issues like depression and prostate and testicular cancer — Whizz is tying up with Running Heroes Australia to inspire you to get your butt off the couch and exercise.
Why exercise can save your life
Men just aren’t taking care of themselves enough. Movember Australia’s website paints the scary facts: “Men are dying too young. On average, across the world, men die 6 years earlier than women. Three quarters of suicides are by men [one dies every minute]. Cases of prostate and testicular cancer are expected to double by 2030.”
Get Mo’ving, man.
Even just 30 minutes of exercise a day lowers your risk for cancer, heart attack and stroke. It also gives you a flood of endorphins that help relieve stress and prevent burn out and depression.
But despite the overwhelming scientific evidence that exercise lowers your risk for nearly every men’s health issue you can think of, most guys say “I’m too busy!” or “I’m tired” or… well, what’s your excuse?
Whizz and Running Heroes wants to give you an extra reason to get out and get moving! Running Heroes is a website application that’s connected to your running app or connectivity watch. Each time you hit the pavement, you earn points you can redeem for a home clean!
Get on your feet, come home to a treat
“Guys, Whizz gives you two ways you can get healthier and happier right now,” says Mark Bernberg, CEO of Whizz Technologies. “First, you have more free time. Household chores can take up to three hours of your weekend – time you can spend running, going out with friends, and doing what you love. Second, through Running Heroes, you can earn discounts on your home cleans. You save money – and you save your life.”
How does the promo work? Every 100 points gets you $20 off your first two home cleans. When you join, you’ll be signed up for a weekly subscription to be able to conveniently monitor and process your discount – but you can cancel at any time.
While the promo runs (no pun intended) only until January 31, 2016, Whizz hopes that it encourages more men to scale back, delegate the unimportant stuff, and put more time into their health and well-being. “Men always think that they need to do more. But sometimes you have to do less in order to be more. Whizz is here to take care of your home, so you can take care of yourself.”