It's finally here! Well, nearly! Today I'm pleased to announce that thanks to the hard work of all involved the long awaited Native XenForo App is at a stage where we are confident and happy enough to start working with forums to begin pushing this out for people to use on their own forums.
Much has changed from the original concepts, pricing, ideas etc, so I will go over the main changes below.
Firstly, we toyed with many concepts and ideas, mixing hybrid elements of a native and wrapper apps, we tried a lot of things and experimented with some outright rediculous ideas, but the feedback from testers was often resounding in the end user simply wanted an easy, fast way to navigate the forums on their phone. This was backed up by our independant research who came back and said the same, so we then focused on simply giving the end user, the users of your forums, an app which would be quick, work without issue and allow them to quickly and easily interact with the forum.
Secondly the multi teired pricing is gone, this app will now be a flat rate for all regardless of your forum size. This allows us to focus on one product, streamlines development, bug fixing and support across the board. Pricing will be somewhere around the $15 a month mark, the exact structure of which is still to be decided but most likely a one off creation fee, followed by a monthly subscription.
Advertising in app will be handled by AdMob, a simple and easy to use system by Google, which inserts cleanly between posts. For those who have never used AbMob before, we will provide a tutorial on setting it up for use within the app.
So whats next?
Over the next few days, we will open up our official Beta testing. We will be looking for highly enthusastic communities, ideally those who have used apps before and are looking for a replacement to take part and really hammer down any major bugs or problems with our deployment process and help us add that final bit of spit and polish to the app. During this time we will also finish off work on the Android version of the app. If you would like to register your interest, simply reply to this thread saying as such! (Please don't start a conversation as my inbox explodes ) Every time we are ready to accept a new batch of people, we will randomly pick from everyone who has shown an interest and send you the details of how to proceed.
Oh, and did I mention it's FREE while the Beta is ongoing? Until both apps are ready to be charged for usage of the app will be completely free.
So, with all that said, I will hope to get a little teaser of the app in action up soon, and I look forward to any comments, questions or thoughts.
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