Saturday, January 10, 2015

Wedding around the corner

It's early 2015 and that means our wedding is just around the corner. And I can honestly say I'm marrying my best friend!

It's that time where you start to feel the excitement and a bit of anxiousness with planning and organizing but it's going to be awesome.

I'll be creating a blog leading up to the wedding to share our thoughts and plans for the big day!


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

SarioDev Apps: SarioDev Goes Live !

SarioDev Apps: SarioDev Goes Live !: SarioDev Apps Website goes live and this is the first post going up on the site. I'm really excited to get this off the ground and ...

Go and check out the SarioDev site! I've decided to discontinue SarioDev Apps specific posts from this blog and have a dedicated one.

I will still continue to post things here but will be a different focus - you may have noticed it has been very SarioDev focused as of late. So to clean it all up and centralize the App side of things please check out the SarioDev website and let me know what you think!

Is it a good choice?

See for yourself.

SarioDev Apps

Sunday, May 4, 2014

May the 4th be with you... SarioDev celebrates Star Wars Day with an announcement of a 10Up Video Review

May the 4th be with you... Ah, yes, SarioDev is a Star Wars fan and has got a nice Star Wars Lego collection to go with it.  On this great day, we are excited to announce that our friends at GiveMeApps have done a video review on 10Up Number Puzzle Game!

Favorite quote of the video:
"Great way to recharge your brain, keep your brain fresh"

Without further adieu, here is the video so check it out and share with someone you know.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

F8 Developer Conference 2014 - 10Up to build with Facebook?

Following the Facebook F8 Developer Conference this April has me excited to find out whats the latest. It appears that Facebook is focusing on mobile platform and cross development with some apps focus. That's great news for app developers which has me realizing that I don't have true Facebook integration for the 10Up App.

The 10Up App page is where users can get the latest news about 10Up but the app does not directly post to the page. This conference has me aiming to focus on Facebook integration in the next update! What do you think?

Now that I'm starting to get more traction with the app I want to make sure it gives users all the social features they want. After update 1.7 we integrated Google Play Services allowing users to share with their Google+ Circles for Leaderboards and Achievements. Many users are jumping on board and posting their scores I just want to extend that experience.

Now back to the Facebook F8 Developer conference, they have announced anonymous login to users to lower the trust barrier that users have with allowing apps to have access to their Facebook due to spam and not wanting to share this type of information with friends. I'm glad to see Mark Zuckerberg and the team has addressed this. Great Move!

Hopefully I'll have 10Up v1.8 out to you soon and continue to build the SarioDev brand.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Play Services Leaderboard - Way more difficult than it should have been!

Frustration has set in as I continue to try and integrate play services into my app. Originally I thought it was going to be difficult. But after reading the developer information on it, I was under the impression that it was going to be really easy. It turns out that the leaderboard concept is really easy - which it should be and it's great ! But getting there is another story!
In particular because they recommend extending BaseGameActivity and the entire example is based on this. In my case my activity could not extend BaseGameActivity because it extends something else!
This cause frustration, although it looked like there was hope in implementing what BaseGameActivity class did as it is a wrapper class for GameHelper (which is used for Google API connections etc.)

Last issue is the manifest issues - they mention many times about one of the metadata required, but I think mention only once about another one (APP_ID) that you must have as well. - Another delay

Long story short. I've made progress in that there now seems to be a signin process happening in 10Up when it starts. Only problem is it doesn't actually sign in.
I have read that this may be due to using a debug version of the app for testing (which isn't signed of course)

So now I'm uploading an APK for Alpha Testing and see if I can get this thing done !

Saturday, April 19, 2014

10Up Android App Promo Video

The 10Up Promo Video has gone live on Youtube! Check it out!

This will be integrated into the App Description  Page here:

It is recommended by all top app developers to include an app video to help your app stand out against the rest. So here's the video for 10Up!

I took the footage on a Galaxy Note III and an iPhone 5. Let me know what you think!
Here's a behind the scenes look at the studio setup for this trailer.

Friday, April 18, 2014

SarioDev: Keeping up with updates

You can never build the perfect app nor complete in one release. If you do, you most likely missed your window of opportunity by now and it would only take one user to change your "complete product". It is very important to listen to your users and take their feedback on board.

With SarioDev apps I've been trying hard to keep updating the app, which I've many ideas for, but by listening to my users I have a bit of guidance on prioritizing what to update first.

My general strategy is to have a list of ideas to implement, based on 2 metrics: Value of update and Difficulty to implement. These are my 2 key factors as I am the only developer I must keep these 2 factors in balance. What changes the value of the update is value for the user, and value for future development.
Value for the user is first determined by what value it will add to myself, as the first user (all my apps I use personally) then based on feedback of users I know, and then I look at the feedback of all users. Depending on how frequent a request may be and which layer the request is from helps me determine the value. After I can filter these by the difficulty to implement. It's a pretty simple process.

Share how you manage your apps and updates. Or if you want to know more feel free to contact me as well!

Speaking of updates here's the latest from SarioDev - 10Up Number Puzzle Game v1.4 for Android!
The 10Up community is building and I'm really excited about where I can take this app.

Happy Easter All!