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Two major updates planned for 2012

16 Jan

So as promised, I worked through all the user’s e-mails and suggestions.

Again, I have to thank everyone who took the time to provide useful feedback.  I created a list of all updates that I believe are feasible and would provide value to users.

One recurring request is that of data syncing. Now this is a great idea and one that I wish to have included from the start. It’s also one that I’ve been struggling with from the inception of Wedding Plandroid. While that is the most requested feature, I probably will bench it to later this year. There are several ways to implement it but I still require some time (and possible better infrastructure) to implement it. User feedback on this would be great and very much appreciated.

So the title of this post indicates that I’ll actually announce what I’ll be doing and not just what I’m putting aside for now.  The first update I’d like to make would be to include a Wedding Plandroid countdown widget. I’ve always loved widgets on Android and there should be no reason for users to download a separate one. I’m starting on it this week and I hope it won’t take to long to get out the development door.

The next major update would be to finally make the app Honeycomb compatible. It really is a shame that it doesn’t simply work on Honeycomb tablets and something I didn’t really know with my first release of the app. I want as many people as possible to use this app and tablets make up a big percentage of Android users. So for you tablet users out there, please hang in there, your time will come!

I’m also considering doing a series of  “Did you know?”  posts on this blog. I find that many users miss out on some of the features and functionality of Wedding Plandroid, simply because they don’t know about them. So expect to see a few of those in the coming weeks.

As always, thanks for using my app and stay tuned for more!

Disclaimer: Please note that I’m not a full time Android developer. I work on this app in my spare time when my family, work or gaming/football addiction allow for it. I always try to make time for app improvements, but I can’t guarantee any set  dates for these updates. So please be patient for future releases.

Version Update: Search Location and Ads

2 Nov

So in the next 2 weeks I’ll be releasing an update for Wedding Plandroid. I’ve added a new feature that I believe will help people search for relevant vendors much easier in a specific location.

Once the update is released, you can go to the Vendor section, press menu and select the option to Search Location. This will open the screen where you can enter the vendor/business you are looking for as well as the area where you’d like to search in.  This will then open up the Google Maps application and start the search.

I initially planned to use the Google Places API and keep everything located inside the app. While this might still happen in a future release, I found that the Google Maps search function was a lot more robust and provided much better results. I think this is a great little feature to add to the Wedding Plandroid experience.

Unfortunately, you can’t add the located vendor info back into the app. That’s why I’d still like to (at some point) use the Google Places API so that the results can be loaded directly into Wedding Plandroid.

This update will also include ad placements. I understand how annoying these can be for users, so I’m trying to keep it to a minimum. I honestly hope that users will understand and not be put off by these ads. Developers need money too 😉

I’m still playing around with a screen unlocker or just banner ads.  I’ll see which works best.

So that’s about it. The update should be out by next week if all goes well.

PS:  To those of you who have submitted bugs or small requests, I haven’t forgotten about you.

Once this update is live there are several small tweaks I’ll be making to improve the program. I appreciate all the feedback and try to implement it as best I can.

Time is unfortunately not the best friend of a part time developer.