[Update]: For those who are looking for my comments on the lack of reporting of marketplace, please read my stance here.
The two major comments of GoVoice on the marketplace are: 1) Performance, and 2) Push
Ok guys, I heard you. GoVoice 1.5 has been pushed to the marketplace over the weekend, which will address some of those concerns. Here is the rundown of 1.5 changelog:
- Major Performance Improvements
- Poll Notifications (experimental; more on this later)
- Password is no longer saved to storage for better security
- Save Settings bug
- Reduced page size from 20 to 10 to improve load speed
- fixed many button availability bugs
- Auto-save settings
- Visual changes
Please understand that most improvements are done over the objections of the neglected significant other. As I will get to all your requests eventually, please give me some time.
Now, regarding Push:
Because there is too much demand for Push, this has become my top priority for the next release. The plan is to introduce Push to GoVoice gradually.
Currently I have no idea how many copies of GoVoice are sold nor did I receive a single paycheck. Implementing Push is a very risky thing for me because I need to justify that the expenses will cover the maintenance cost of a Push server. If Push is implemented, the expenses are coming straight out of my paycheck, and that is very sensitive to me. I need to better understand the values of a Push server, and therefore, I am introducing a “poll” notification. Essentially, your Google Voice data will be polled every 60 minutes when the GoVoice tile is visible, and any unread message counts will show on the tile. This gets one step closer to where I want it to be.
There are two goals of this feature: Firstly, I need to know how people respond to privacy concerns. Obviously, to poll data, I need to set up a server to access your Google Voice account. I will avoid keeping your password anywhere in the system, but GoVoice server will still need to see your Google Voice inbox for Push to be possible. I want to know how people see this as a major concern. Secondly, I need to gauge how many people have purchased GoVoice. It makes no sense to me to lose my paycheck money for something worthless. I need to know how many people will sign up for the poll notification before I decide Push is worthwhile.
As you can see, your feedbacks are crucial in determining the future of GoVoice. If you have any comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me here or via my twitter handle.
Now, while I am still waiting GoVoice to pass certification, you get a preview of what is coming down the pipe. 🙂