Perhaps this is a stupid plan. I could have done things the easy way. I could have invested in Dogecoin and been a millionaire by now. But nooooooo, even though I had cryptocurrencies on my list of possible projects for 2017, I decided to return to the madness of the app stores. WHY?! It’s not just about creating wealth, it’s about creating something of value. It’s about building “Photics” as a brand – a household name. With the second app of the 10-Year Plan published, is the project moving in the right direction?
About eight years ago, I started working on iOS development. Back then, my apps would sit in Apple’s review queue for weeks, only to get rejected on some small technicality. Today, things are way different. Now, Apple is much faster at rejecting my apps. But despite the tedium and frustration, I managed to get back into the game. For the first time in years, a new Photics app is available on the iTunes App Store and the Mac App Store.
It’s been about three years since I launched a new iOS app on the iTunes App Store. It was typically a frustrating process with little reward. Perhaps I’m still feeling burned from the failure of BOT. It’s not enough to just try again. I have to figure out what went wrong and then improve. Today, Apple announced a way to fix one of the major problems with iOS app development – TESTING. With TestFlight, now I can easily invite up to 1000 testers to try a new game.
I’ve been looking at the new Android phones and a lot of them do not have keyboards. I don’t know why the industry is still playing “me too” with iPhone-like interfaces. But as an app developer, I have to be aware of this issue. Considering that keyboard-less android phones have few buttons, the menu button becomes more important. That meant I had to get past a developer hurdle – learning how to add menus to my android apps.
When I would publish my Android Apps, the Google Developer Console would give me an unusual error. “The apk is not zipaligned. Please run the…” Blah, blah, blah… what’s Google complaining about now? Typically, I would just ignore this warning. Why should I care? Google didn’t prevent my app from being published, so I would just let it go. But recently, I decided to give this another look. How do I zipalign my apps? I went digging through the Android Developer documents and I was finally able to publish my apps properly. Although, as usual, it was a bit of a struggle. That’s because I hadn’t updated my Android software in a while. It seems that some things have changed in Android land.