It’s been some time since my last post. Time inevitably flies. So what have I been up to lately?
Since my last post in February, a few things have happened. First – BlackBerry launched their Z10 and BB10 OS. So did 2 BB10 apps I made – Tuner and Beats Brainwaves for BB10. Tuner has been doing alright. It was recently a featured Built for BlackBerry app in BlackBerry World and has been listed on the trending list a couple of times now. But it’s only generating about $10 per day. Even after a post on CrackBerry.com, purchases on the app remain pretty low (around $14 for a brief time). That’s pretty small beans in the gran scheme of things. A part of me is considering upping the price from $0.99 to $1.99 but another part of me is thinking that doing so might have the reverse effect. I may do some price testing over the course of a week to see.
Beats Brainwaves for BB10 hasn’t been doing that well either – mostly because of a bug in the app for some devices and on some versions of the OS where the app crashes when the device goes to sleep. This has been recently fixed, so I’m hopeful that purchases increase in the coming weeks. Unfortunately the latest version of BB10 (the one before 10.1) hasn’t been pushed out to Verizon yet (apparently) so some Verizon folks still see the issue.
I have a new BlackBerry 10 app that I’ve been working on for a bit. I’m tentatively calling it Quiet Mind – I originally wanted to get it done in one evening and submit it as part of BlackBerry’s Last Chance Port-A-Thon in February where they were handing out $100 for each app that got approved during the one day event. This didn’t happen but I did manage to submit a couple of other trivial (dare I say ridiculously simple and nearly shameful) apps and, as promised, was paid out $100 each. Unfortunately the scope of Quiet Mind quickly increased substantially and as such has taken not just one evening but over a month to get nearly complete.
In non-BlackBerry app development news, I finally updated WOD Timer for iPhone. This has been on the backburner for quite some time. But I recently saw a tweet suggesting that apps would be pulled from the app store if they didn’t support iOS 5 or retina graphics, so this backburner project quickly shot up to the front of the line. I didn’t have time to do any of the work myself so I turned to oDesk and paid $200 for someone to get it done in a couple of days. Ahh the beauty of outsourcing work. The release of the update hasn’t dramatically affected downloads but I do feel a little better that it’s out there now supporting retina graphics and iOS5. I also had the opportunity to fix a couple of bugs as part of the release.
So since my last post I’ve gotten a couple apps out for BB10, updated an iPhone app that hasn’t been updated in 3 years and I’ve delved a little more into outsourcing work when I just don’t have the time to do it myself. This has made me a little money, cost me some money and I got a free Limited Edition red Z10 and a BlackBerry Dev Alpha C device.
And that is the word.