AppyGuide – Contactless City Tour App

Partner to create AppyGuide’s app, introducing a distinctively contactless city tour with captivating audio guides from the world’s most famous experts and TV presenters for numerous locations worldwide, starting with Florence, Italy. This app incorporates advanced slideshow/video functionality that enables users to obtain an immersive visual representation of their desired travel destinations at a very reasonable price.


1 Scrum Master, 1 Technical Lead
2 Front End devs, 2 QAs


Hospitality & Tourism

Products and Services

iOS & Android app


2019 – 2020



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The Challenge

Instead of spending hundreds of dollars, not to mention many hours, on tours, download AppyGuide, a handy city tour on the go that provides audio, slideshow and other engaging information about art, history, and culture from leading experts in their field like history professors and art historians. Consequently, the challenges for SmartDev to develop this audio guide app are multifaceted. AppyGuide app must not only effectively manage videos and permissions based on user accounts but also ensure a seamless end-user experience, even in cases of weak connections. 

The audio stories can be downloaded before travel to use offline. This will require sophisticated optimization techniques and thoughtful design decisions to ensure that users can easily navigate the app’s features and content. Compliance with GDPR and CCPA standards also presents a significant challenge for this project. These regulations require careful management of user data, with strict rules regarding consent, data storage, and privacy. We need to ensure that the app’s data management processes are fully compliant with these regulations, while also balancing the need for data access and usability.

Technology Stacks

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React Native


iOS App


Android App

The Solution

SmartDev was selected as the outsourcing partner to provide proposals for the development of the AppyGuide mobile application. Our company successfully delivered the following solutions:

1. The utilization of cloud storage technology is employed as a remedy for connectivity constraints. The storage of data in the cloud allows for mitigating the impact of connectivity issues and facilitates seamless video playback and enhanced system performance.

2. The integration of Umbraco in our Content Management System (CMS) is aimed at enhancing customization capabilities and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) potential. The adoption of this solution is expected to foster optimal content management and optimization, resulting in an efficient and well-optimized video management platform.

It is worth noting that AppyGuide has received numerous positive reviews from its user base, attesting to its efficacy in augmenting the travel experience.


AppyGuide Core Features

Slideshow/Video Feature

  • Provide users with detailed information about various travel destinations, including things to do, places to eat, and sights to see
  • Allow users to view photos and videos of various travel destinations and attractions

Automatic Updates

  • Automatically update its information to ensure users have access to the most up-to-date information about their chosen travel destination

Run Offline

  • Traveling and have no mobile data package? No problem! The user can purchase and download stories
    whenever they have Wi-Fi, and listen to them all at will.

Let’s Build Something Together

SmartDev offers a number of solutions, from fully outsourced development to staff augmentation on specific projects, to meet tight deadlines.
What is SmartDev?
A Swiss company built and managed by highly experienced Europeans with a dedication to technical excellence, passed on to promising Vietnamese developers. SmartDev has outsourced development centres in Danang and Hanoi (Vietnam).
How big is your development team?
SmartDev has a team of over 200 developers in Vietnam. Our experienced HR team has the technical knowledge to scale teams up and down as appropriate and find the relevant skills for your project.
How do I get a quote?

Put your email address in the form and an expert will contact you shortly after analyzing your business requirements. We sign an NDA to ensure the highest degree of privacy. We will then issue a comprehensive project proposal, including cost estimates, timelines and skills required for your project. Upon agreement, we will assemble your team and begin delivery within ten days.

Why choose SmartDev?

We have been delivering complex technology projects for businesses since 2014. The SmartDev team has expertise in front-end development, backend development, application development, APIs and other integrations with over 70% of developers having more than 3 years of industry-specific experience.

Our Quality Promise
Our offshore development, onshore management model ensures that we have the correct blend of skills to meet your project needs. Our skills extend to Agile development processes and scrum methods, making sure our projects are always delivered on time to our clients’ requirements. We are certified to ISO standard 27001.