DURHAM, N.C.—August 20, 2014—Leading mobile app development company Two Toasters today announced that it has been ranked number 787 on Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 list for 2014. The magazine’s list, now in its eighth year, is an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies and represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs.
“Our growth is a testament to our great team that we have assembled over the years and our continued pursuit to improving our craft,” said Rachit Shukla, CEO at Two Toasters, “We are pleased to be included on this distinguished list of our peers.”
To celebrate this achievement, Two Toasters has launched a Crowdrise campaign to benefit the non-profit organization Girls Who Code (http://girlswhocode.com/), whose mission is to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors. The campaign’s goal is to reach $5,000 in donations by September 15, 2014. If the goal is met, Two Toasters will contribute an additional $5,000, providing $10,000 in total funds to the non-profit group.
“We would not have been able to get our start without support from local entrepreneurs and mentors,” continued Rachit Shukla. “Now that we’re in a position to give back, we believe that it’s not only a necessity, but also an honor to be able to impact those just getting their careers started in tech.”
Help Two Toasters invest in future innovators by contributing to their campaign benefitting Girls Who Code at http://bit.ly/TT_GirlsWhoCode
Google I/O is fast approaching and there’s an excited buzz coming from the Android corner of the Two Toasters office. In fact, they’re so excited about the conference that they put together this video discussing what they’re hoping for and expecting to be announced at Google I/O. Hear from Chris, Patrick, and Curtis in the video below:
What are you looking forward to seeing happen at Google I/O? Join the conversation and shoot us a tweet at @twotoasters!
Apple’s 2014 WWDC ushered in an era of interconnected mobile apps and iOS devices. In particular Apple introduced App Extensions, Healthkit, HomeKit and Handoff which allow apps to talk with each other, track a user’s health and expand into home automation. As with the iOS 7 launch, our team is hard at work learning and experimenting with the new APIs and tools. Two Toasters is excited to be leading the way in helping our clients integrate these developments into their mobile product strategies. Interested in getting a jumpstart? Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (more…)
Birchbox is a leading discovery commerce platform focused on providing a personalized way for customers to discover new beauty, grooming, and lifestyle products. Two Toasters helped them build their first iOS app in the fall of 2013. Now we’re excited to announce the release of a new version of the Birchbox app. While working with Birchbox to add new features for this version, we also helped them redesign the app to follow iOS 7 best practices, building the newest release against the iOS 7 SDK. So what things did we do, specifically?
Search CapabilityFollowing the success of making it easy for subscribers to buy featured items and providing an extensive browsing system, Birchbox wanted to make it even easier for customers to drill in. The newest version of the app houses a search option accessible from the left navigation menu. With this search bar, users can find specific types of items or browse all items of any brand sold through Birchbox.
More Product Information and Sharing Options
This new version of the Birchbox app offers users more information on individual products and allows them to share products they like with their friends using the share sheet in iOS. The current version also integrates product options directly on the product page.
Gift CardsAnother update in the checkout process is the ability to pay for items using a gift card. Located on the checkout screen, redeeming a gift card is achievable in just one easy step.
Updated iOS 7 Design
Much of the Birchbox app already had an iOS 7 feel, so we only had to make a few minor tweaks to align the design with iOS 7 best practices. Pictured below, in iOS 7 we simplified the back arrow and made the ‘Reviews’ space reach all the way to the edges. We also increased the font size for product information and lightened up the font for ‘Reviews’ to make it easier to view content.
About Two Toasters
Two Toasters is a critically acclaimed mobile product development firm which designs and develops iOS and Android applications for partner companies. We provide end-to-end mobile product assistance, including strategy, usability testing, design, development, and quality assurance testing.
Our clients range in size from established tech giants (Airbnb, Simple) and international brands (Zumba, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Lexus) to early stage, venture-backed startups (Luvocracy, Birchbox, JackThreads). Not only are our apps highly ranked on iTunes, one was actually featured in an Apple TV commercial (GateGuru).
We build products that are user-centric, incorporating user feedback to ensure that the apps are intuitive and useful. As a technical powerhouse in mobile, we’ve created several frameworks, such as RestKit (www.restkit.org).
Launched in 2010, Birchbox is a leading beauty e-commerce company for both men and women. Birchbox redefines the retail process by offering consumers a personalized way to discover, learn about and purchase the best beauty, grooming and lifestyle products. With more than 800,000 members, Birchbox users enjoy first-touch experiences with new products each month and exclusive access to expert editorial content to help them get the most out of each item. Additionally, through Birchbox’s online store, customers can shop a handpicked selection of full-sized products from more than 800 top brands such as Lancôme, Laura Mercier, Benefit, Stila, Caudalie, Payot, L’Occitane, Bourjois, and L’Oreal. In 2012, Birchbox acquired Paris-based JolieBox, gaining outposts in France, Spain and the UK. To learn more about Birchbox, visit www.birchbox.com.
We’ve been working on some exciting projects around the Two Toasters office recently. One in particular, Ebates, led to our Android developers coming up with some nifty new Android libraries to enhance the app and the Android platform.
SectionCursorAdapter by Chris Pierick
On Android when you want to display data out of a database in a list, Android helps you out with a cursor adapter. The problem here is that the adapter doesn’t have anything to help you build sections. In other words, you have to remap the entire cursor on your own. This process is burdensome and time consuming. Chris encountered this exact problem while working on the Ebates Android app. His solution was to make a library that lets the app pull information directly from a database, while easily including section headers and fast scroll into the list view. Check out Chris’ sample app of the SectionCursorAdapter library on Google Play or get the repository on GitHub.