So a lot of people have been asking for an Android version of the app so here’s the official deal with what’s happening with that.
I had originally planned to make both an iOS and an Android version at the same time however I quickly found out that I could not afford to do this. So I decided based on the mobile traffic to this site being mostly from iOS devices to do the iOS version first.
Then I could hopefully make back the money it cost to make this app and then follow up with an Android version and this is still the plan.
The reports are in for sales of the app for August and so far I’ve made back about 20% of what it cost to have this app made so it looks like it might be another couple of months until I can get the Android version happening.
I’m hoping that we’ll be able to use the database of emoticons that was created for the iOS app again as well as most if not all of the graphics that were used in the app and that this will make the Android version cheaper and faster to make. I don’t know a thing about app coding though so I could be completely wrong.
So how can you help?
If you’ve downloaded the iOS app please leave a 5-star review. I didn’t want to program any of those annoying “please review this app” pop-ups into the app but we do need reviews so I’m asking here. It only takes a couple of seconds and is important for a number of reasons.
1) I need at least 5 reviews to show an average star rating on my app.
This is the first time I’ve ever made an app and I’m still learning things like reviews only show up in the country that they were made. So far only Canada and the United States have 5 or more reviews and are the only countries currently showing an average rating.
2) Reviews help the app get found in search results in the iTunes app store.
This is especially important since some guy has literally stolen all the content off this site as well as graphics that I created for this site and released his own iPhone app.
His app currently ranks before mine in the search results because it gets a boost since it’s “free”. It’s not free though, he offers a few of the emoticons free and then you have to pay inside the app to unlock all the content that’s literally copied and pasted from this website.
A side note:
I’ve been pretty cool about people taking the emoticons from this site and putting them on their own sites since I don’t own them, no one does so whatever. Even if you’ve copied and pasted everything straight off this site I haven’t really cared that much.
I have however put a lot of work into this site and assembling the collection of emoticons here and if you’re going to steal all the content from this site with the exact same categories and lists, steal my graphics, steal my app description and then intentionally try to mislead people who are looking for my app into downloading yours then you’re officially a dick so don’t do that.
But by all means feel free to use these emoticons where ever you want and do whatever you want with them. A link back to this site is always appreciated but it’s ok if you don’t do that. Just don’t be a dick.
Some other site news
I’ve got some other plans for this site over the next little while when I can get the time to work on it.
An awesome guy created this random emoticon generator: http://dominick.p.elu.so/fun/kaomoji/index.php and we’re going to hopefully get it added to this site.
I also plan to do a complete re-organization of all the emoticons and probably create a bunch of new categories to hopefully make that a bit better and easier to use. The categories are a bit out-dated, especially with all the suggestions you guys have been making.
Also with that will quite possibly be a site redesign since this site is starting to get a bit too complicated for this design.
And for all of you that have suggested emoticons I haven’t forgotten. Once I re-organize everything and also hopefully create a new system that will make entering the emoticons to the site easier I’ll be uploading everything in my backlog of suggested emoticons.
So that’s it for news for a while. Thanks again for all the support and a huge thank you to everyone who’s downloaded the app!