I just wanted to take a little bit of time to update interested parties in the status of Dialog, a Micro.blog application for Android.
• Initial design was completed a little over month and development began shortly after. If you haven’t had a chance to take a look, the project is available for viewing on Invision.
• The login screen has been built and allows users to log into their Micro.blog account, design is minimal as we’re focusing function at the moment.
• The timeline has been built and is semi-functional as of last week. Again, the design is still in a minimal state while we ensure the core functionality is working properly.
• We’ve been discussing models of revenue to ensure we can sustain the app without turning people off due to price. I’m also unsure how to avoid people simply downloading the APK online and using the app for free. Implementing some sort of complicated workaround for this feels more like punishment for regular users and will add to development time so we’re avoiding that route entirely. The app will be free.
Instead, we’ll be displaying a page in the application that will allow users to donate to the future development if they choose to. We hope that people will enjoy Dialog and be happy to support it but, if not, no problem. We won’t be limiting basic features behind a purchase or donation. In the future, the model may change slightly if, hypothetically, we introduce an in-app purchase or subscription for extra customization or power user features. However, in that case, basic functionality of the app will remain free.
I’d like to continue to do these updates to let those interested know where we’re at in the process. This is the first application i’ve designed without a large team (currently, we’re a two person show) so the timeline is difficult to ballpark. Hopefully, posts like this will give those interested an idea of where we’re at and give a little more transparency to the whole project.