26 November 2019

Meet the team behind the new app: Mathieu Hausherr

Meet Mathieu Hausherr - Lead Mobile Developer

Written by Adam

As part of the launch of the new app, we sat down with a few of the key figures in the creation of the new app. One of these key figures was Mathieu Hausherr, the lead mobile developer at Virtuo. Mathieu has been at the forefront of everything we have done and the driving force behind the new app and in particular our brand new machine learning damage report. We sat down with Mathieu to pick his brain on the new app and what the future holds for Virtuo.

Who are you and what was your role in producing the new app?

Currently, I am the only in-house mobile app developer at Virtuo. I develop both iOS and Android apps, but occasionally we have contractors who join to help with new releases. We started the app revamp at the beginning of the year, where I was working with my colleague Romain Potier, who was sadly taken away from us by a horrible disease. For me, this new app is  so much more important than just a new app as Romain was heavily involved in its development.

How long have you been with Virtuo?

I have been a part of the Virtuo team since January 2016

What coding languages do you know?

I currently code in Swift and Kotlin but I used to code in Objective-C, Java, JavaME and even in C++ or C

What is the one thing you are most excited about the new app?

We have been working hard on the new app for 9 months now, testing lots of designs and screens. Every single screen in the app was built and rebuilt between 4 and 20 times before testing with users and rebuilt again! I am very proud that the new app is now available and our users can enjoy it.

"We have been working hard on the new app for 9 months now, testing lots of designs and screens. Every single screen in the app was built and rebuilt between 4 and 20 times before testing with users and rebuilt again!"

What is your favourite part of the new app?

My favourite part of the app is actually the launch animation where every element of the user interface appears one by one to reveal the all new key functionality.

You were the mastermind behind the new machine learning damage report, how much of a challenge was this to create?

The main challenge was not a coding challenge but was to choose which picture is the best to fit with our needs. I explain that in a conference available on youtube : https://youtu.be/uwqY0_Zm4HE

What can we expect from the new app as a customer?

As is normally the case when launching a new app, there will likely be some negative feedback as inherently people do not like change. However, we know that the new app drastically improves the experience through its simplicity. The key is easier to use, the damage report is easier etc.

And what can we expect in the future?

We will update the app to add all new amazing iOS feature including Apple Signin, Dark mode and more.


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