Friday, February 12, 2010
The Future of NewsRob
If you are not interested in this meta stuff you can go directly to the release notes of NewsRob 3.6 here.
Recently NewsRob turned one and also crossed the 100.000 downloads barrier. Yay!
I took this event to think about the future of NewsRob.
In retrospect I really liked the last 14 months working on NewsRob and interacting with you guys. Those months took a heavy toll on my work/life balance and my social life, but in the end there was much more good than bad. I can't make any promises, but so far I decided to keep on going with NewsRob.
There is one change though. From the future on there will be two versions of NewsRob: A free version and a paid version.
The free version will feature ads, but will have the exact same functionality as NewsRob has now. I will also continue to add new features to the free version.
NewsRob Pro, the paid version, will have no ads and features some exclusive functionality. In the future I will decide for each new feature to which version I want to add it. As the paid version is focused on the power users it will likely be features geared towards this group.
Maybe some of the exclusive functionality will also turn up in the free version later.
The price for NewsRob Pro is €4.99 (~USD 7, GBP 4.35) and is bought as a separate application from the Android Market. It unlocks the premium features in NewsRob. You can buy from within NewsRob from the options menu "Buy NewsRob Pro".
As a token of appreciation to the existing NewsRob users the price will be €3.99 for a week.
We are discussing this approach on the NewsRob mailing list. If you want to give constructive feedback and talk with other users too, join us there. If you want to vent you can leave a comment here at the blog and if you want to give me a piece of your mind or leave a death threat you can also email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you guys are happy with the new direction and give me feedback one way or another.