We have released a new update to the LoyalDog Mobile app in the play store and the app is flying!
I'm really happy with the way this app is working and am going to be adding some new hot features to it and sexing it up a bit.
What took so long?
Well, you know... I've got quite a reputation for the blunt truth and I'm not going to let you down now. Here's what happened:
I saw this one coming over a year ago and hired someone to work on it. They made alot of changes and then tried to raise their price and quit when I wouldn't pay it. Unfortunately, their changes didn't work and I couldn't release an update. Setting up a computer for android development is hard and I never got around to it as there always seemed more pressing things to do. Now we have other programmers. Really really good ones, but android development isn't their thing so they are working all the other stuff that's really hard and I am working the Droid app personally.
Since I have taken over the Droid app in the play store personally (version 160 as of today), this is the app that I am recommending for everyone to use. This is the mobile app that is getting my full attention and that I can personally support you on. So far, version 160 is getting rave reviews. Plenty more to do on it, though.
I am very sad to tell you that I don't like our new iPhone app. It is a browser-based app at https://iphone.loyalpuppy.com to be used from Safari. We will refine this and make it smoother but it does not complare to our Droid app. We used to have a native iPhone app that you download from the iStore. I'm thinking VERY hard about going back to this one. There are just some things that are affecting me ideologically about doing a native iPhone app:
1) Apple forces you to get a Mac to do development of a native iPhone app. YES, I can put together a fake Hackintosh computer and defeat this, but it is hard to want to jump in a playground with this kind of fence around it.
Comparison: Android doesn't care computer I use to make Android apps on. I use Ubuntu Linux.
2) Apple has to approve the app before it gets into the iStore! Yep, they go through the whole interface to make sure it is cool enough for their iStore and they have to approve it.
Comparision: There is no approval process for Android. It's open.
3) If you make any updates to the app, Apple has to approve them first too before they allow it.
Comparision: No problem with updates, no process stands in your way.
4) You have to sign up for Apples 'Developer Network' to be able to publish something. Yes, it's only $100/year and yes, I have the money, but the principle that Apple would force me to pay to develop apps for THEIR phone... well, that's not fair.
Comparision: Android doesnt require any money from you to write Android apps.
5) Apple forces you to use their Xcode development suite to make apps that run on the iPhone. Rob really doesn't like to be forced.
Comparision: Android lets me use any development environment I want, right down to Notepad if I want to be old-school enough.
So, while we DO have a browser-based app that runs on iPhone, our native Droid app remains the best for you.
As for Apple....
I still may swallow my pride and bring us a nice native app for iPhone... A little age and maturity and kids have taught me well that pride can be unhealthy. I'm mulling this one around. Your thoughts?
*** Update 11/1/2016 ***
Well, it's easy to say Fuck Apple when you don't have the new iPhone 7! I got one a coupla weeks ago and I'm addicted to it. I'm setting up the development platform to make you a nice fast hot iPhone app. :) They have a new language now called Swift and it looks hot. I'm all over this.