Well Android fragmentation is one thing. However for me the most severe one is app fragmentation. Take a look at the below screenshot from Power Schedule Google Play statistics. The lime line is currently the 1.5 version. Orange is the 1.6 line, while the others represent the 2.x versions. The blue ascending line is the latest version, 2.1.2 – this seems to have a steep update rate, which is a sign that initial 2.x problems were solved.
It seems many users don’t update apps that often (as opposed to me, I always want to have the latest and greatest :P).
I just received notification from SlideME Android Market that Power Schedule has been approved and it’s up for sale (0.99$) at:
This version is AD-FREE, POINT-FREE. Just plain events. As many as you need.
You can buy it directly from the Web or from SlideME Android Market (SAM). Download SAM from:
I’ve had mixed feelings about implementing the Tapjoy “points” system. I can tell you that after a week, so do the users. Some don’t like it at all, and ask me for a paid version insted. I would gladly have one, but as I mentioned countless times before, I can’t sell on Google Play (reason being Google, not me).
Anyhow, I will also add Google Analytics, to analyze some things (such as average events used by each user etc.), to see how users interact with Power Schedule.
But coming back to Tapjoy, the results are promising. I’m getting an average of $7.04 eCPM over the first week since implementation. Also the trend is increasing (since only around 30% of users are using the 2.x version). I hope once people get used to the point system and also the new User Interface, things will get even better.
There are some other things which I plan to keep an eye on: localization. I really want to see the effect of translating Power Schedule to Slovak and French. I hope this will add some completely new users, which didn’t see the original 1.x version at all.
I have some new updates which I didn’t post online yet. First of all, the new 2.1+ versions got Power Schedule users back. Yes, the 2.0 version was quite a disaster, as it was quite complicated to use. Also the point system was not sufficiently explained. Here’s the chart from Google Play:
Anyhow, I’m glad things are getting back on track.
Also, the new 2.1.2 version is translated to Slovak, French and Romanian (more languages to come). By the way, if you know Japanese, Italian or Spanish and want to help me out with the translation, drop me a message.
Today I just uploaded the “point free” Power Schedule version to Amazon Appstore and SlideME alternative Android markets. Yes, it seems they are more open to developers, as they allow me to sell apps there. Power Schedule “unlimited events” edition costs just 0.99$. If you don’t like the point system, you can get the paid version. No ads, no points – just events. As many as you like 🙂
It will take a few days until the Amazon and SlideME staff review and approve the app (hopefully :)). I will post the purchasing links then.
Also, stay tuned for an income report update. This time, from AdMob, Leadbolt and Tapjoy.
Last night I updated Power Schedule to version 2.1. I listened to people who complained about the new User Interface. Yes, now that I look at it, it was poorly designed. But somehow I missed this because I got used to it (while working on it).
Anyhow, I hope you like the new one. It’s much more clean and intuitive. I also added a “reboot” event – for Power Users who rooted their phones. You can set up a reboot each night, to have a “clean” phone in the morning (for example).
I plan to add a lot of other features as well – some suggested by users.
Many thanks go to these people (in no particular order):
They helped me fix some issues and contributed with some ideas (or translations). I will also add their names (with their permission) in the About page (inside the App).
Looking forward to the next version
Translators needed! I translated the strings to Romanian. However I need help in translating the new strings in other languages as well. If you want Power Schedule in your language, just drop me a message or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As I said before, I will publish the revenue generated by ads. In total, Power Schedule and App List generated a total of… 6.16$. 🙂
This is not much, as the ads are non-obtrusive and are displayed only if the user requests it (by choosing the “Special Offers” menu item).
Here’s the screenshot from my LeadBolt account (referral link):
During the last week, I’ve been walking continuously n my Sisyphus path (also known as Power Schedule 2). I managed to rethink most of the User Interface. Hopefully it’s much more friendly and intuitive – also a LOT more flexible 🙂
Yes, most of the requested features are present (and working) already. I’ll leave the rest for the future versions (better to have a stable running version before adding new stuff). This will also support localization properly, so you’ll have Power Schedule in your own language (I’ll post the files soon for translation).
I *may* be able to release it this week (we have Easter holiday on Sunday, maybe things are more relaxed at work).
Meanwhile I also made a small fix for the 1.x version of Power Schedule – mainly, to support Data Connection control on Gingerbread (2.3+) devices. Grab the 1.6 version from the market now if you haven’t already.
So, next post will hopefully be the release news 🙂
Well, it’s easy to get over-enthusiastic and get burned 🙂
It happened to me last night because I didn’t test Power Schedule 1.5 on more devices. So first it crashed because I removed a needed library, then because LeadBolt (ads provide) apparently has some problems on Android 2.1 (even though they say they support it – heads up for other developers as well).
So now I just published version 1.5.4. Hopefully the crash reports are gone for now.
Next time I’ll take my time and test it on all supported platforms.
OK, I made a little mistake with 1.5.0 – seemed to crash on most devices. Fixed in 1.5.2 – please update now 🙂
Well, I’m now definitely back to work. I’ve had quite a stressful year at work (hopefully things will chill down for a while). Yes, some of my team’s work can be seen in the new Audi A3 (just revealed at Geneva Motor Show). Pretty proud of that, actually. Soon you’ll also see it in the new Golf 7 😉
But anyhow, as I said I’m back to Android development – and hopefully without major breaks this time.
To start, I thank the 15,000 active Power Schedule users by releasing a new minor update: version 1.5. I’ve finally added one thing most of you asked for – “vibrate” instead of “silent” option.
Also, if you don’t mind, I’ve added an ad, as a splash screen. This is because my hosting costs some bucks / year. I hope this doesn’t upset anybody – if most users demand removal, I will.
You can find it in the form of a checkbox in the “Ring Profile” section.
So go on, update your app. And if you don’t use it already, what are you waiting for? 🙂