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Case Studies

Xicom provides software development and mobile app development services that are driven by the ambition to help you derive maximum value from your IT investments.

About Spooner

Spooner is a visual guide which offers an easy way to discover the best dishes and restaurants in your area. It is an international company that delivers up-to-date dining and restaurant information to online and mobile customers in select cities across the world. It has more focus on searching particular food or dish. The company has strong aspirations to grow in a big way with an impressive brand with user-friendly mobile experience and penetrate deeply in the food and restaurant market. Spooner believes it’s all about dishes and not just restaurants. Spooner is a must mobile app for foodies. People across the world love to eat. Some of these people are real ‘foodie’and they consume millions of meals at restaurant of different types. Spooner approached Xicom to build mobile applications that would enable Android and iPhone users to easily search for food and restaurants by variety of keyword-driven parameters, made reservations and map their way to those locations. Spooner also helps you share your food experience with dish ratings, photos and reviews.

Key Challenges

Spooner wanted to build a mobile cross-platform application that would enable diners across the globe to use keywords on their mobile devices to search for restaurants based on a wide variety of information like food name, food type, specials, location, themes and much more. Spooner project involved massive volume of data based on the huge number of diverse restaurants in all major cities as well as distinct keyword-driven data types to make it easy for diners to find exactly what they wanted. This whole system also required to include an inbuilt reservation system, social media connections and a navigation utility for mobile users to reach their destinations. The important thing was that the Android and iOS applications were not just destined for the local area but ultimately envisioned and designed as working prototypes for an international audience that could be implemented for all major urban areas in the world.

Major challenges to develop Spooner could be summarized as under:

  • Search thousands of restaurants based on authentic user reviews and discover great places to eat around you.
  • Search 10,00,000+ dishes and cuisines. Spooner is a visual guide to good food and where to find it, in your area.
  • Reserve a table, manage bookings, find amazing deals and save everytime you book a table using spooner. It's quick and easy!
  • Discover amazing deals, offers and discounts offered by restaurants. See latest events and food festivals in your area.

Proposition & Solution

  • Xicom designed and developed Android and iOS mobile apps and a representative landing page website for Spooner. We have used latest cutting edge tools and technologies while developing the Spooner project.
  • Xicom has worked hand-in-hand with Spooner founders to design and develop mobile applications that would accommodate the member restaurant content and informational offerings while simultaneously delivering an attractive, intuitive user experience for customers looking for information about those establishments and activities.
  • Obviously there is a relationship between customers and restaurants which was to be defined by specific content types tied to keywords, including venue name, location, menu items, entertainment offerings and more. Additionally, Xicom incorporated special offers and coupons, as reservation system, social media connections and mapping services to guide would be diners to their desired restaurant.
  • The important thing was to create a mobile user experience which make it easy for prospective customers to quickly find the right restaurant for their particular interests, choice and location.

Results & Benefits

The solution designed and developed by Xicom met all of the expectation of the Spooner promoters regarding the app and website and they are helping people to find the food and restaurant of their choice. Following were the key benefits that we as a contractor successfully provided to Spooner.

  • Spooner was delivered the product on time thus allowing them with appropriate time to market their product.
  • Spooner is extremely satisfied with the deliverables provided on time and within their budget.
  • New features introduced within the Spooner system were taken up and Xicom ensured the faster delivery for the same to take the system to the next level. This overall dedicated effort from Xicom along with the overall software quality increased the customer satisfaction level, thereby increasing our client’s revenue and customer retention by huge margin.
  • The mobile applications developed by Xicom has gained very high reviews from its community of users, further strengthening Spooner’s relationship with its customers.
  • Spooner was extremely satisfied with the Quality Assurance Analysis (QA) efforts provided by Xicom.
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Technologies

  • Technology Stack: IOS: objective C
    Android: Java
  • Website: HTML5/CSS3

The Android mobile app was developed in Java while iPhone application was developed using native iPhone SDK and Objective C. The Spooner website was developed using HTML5/CSS3. In development Cake PHP, Solar Search engine, Postgres SQL were also used.

Client Reviews

During our interaction with the Xicom team we found that it is an extremely professional company with an expert team of designers and developers. It has demonstrated a high degree of flexibility and scalability to enable us meet the strategic goals. The team showed high level of commitment and completed the project in a very smooth manner meeting all the requirements and in the timeframe provided. We will definitely contact them for our other projects in future.

Founder Spooner Media Private Ltd