the last 3 years

Although I've been occasionally posting on my latest development updates on my Twitter (@gyubok) account, it's been a while since I wrote a blog post. A lot of things happened in the last 3 years since my last blog post and I want to summarize what's been going on.

To put it briefly, I stopped freelancing and started a bit more professional life.

Read my full post on Medium

about that corky notes update..

So, Corky Notes received a huge update several days ago. This update was probably the hardest and the most crucial update that I've ever pushed. It required a lot of decisions and careful selection of which features I should add from the pool of cool features suggested by your guys.

If you have updated Corky Notes from its previous version, you probably noticed the new splash screen, Diaree ad, and an introductory page (with top hidden menu bar and my Twitter).

Beyond that, if you’ve heavily customized your Corky Notes in the past, all your customizations are now gone. The dark theme, background, note shape, toggle show/hide pin, and toggle note rotation... all gone.

It's not a bug, it's not a glitch; I did that.

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so many 10.0.x!!!

Everybody loves numbers!

10.0.x still takes 5% of the total downloads. 10.2.x adoption faster than expected.

10.0.x still takes 5% of the total downloads. 10.2.x adoption faster than expected.

Don't really know what to think here.

Don't really know what to think here.

originality is overrated

We have all thought of an "original" idea just to realize someone else have done it in the past. When someone tells us about their exciting new "original" idea, we desperately think of something or someone who have already done the same thing. By doing so, we will have accomplished our mission of telling them their idea is not original.

What those people don't know is that originality is good but killer execution (pun) is better.

It is important to know that a product doesn't need to be original to be successful. If you look around, the best things in life are improvements of their predecessors. Facebook had MySpace, BBM had SMS, Samsung had Sony, etc. The ideas of my work over the years have mostly been original. puZZed, Corky Notes, Lazy Lists, and Diaree are products and services that haven't existed when they first launched. Though they were (and are) all successful in their own ways, each one of these products had to break new grounds for the customers to know what they are.

To support my bold claim, my next project will not be original at all and I'm going to attempt to build a user experience so that it will over throw the top player.

that's too expensive

How much should an app cost? It seems like there's a constant battle between the developers and the consumers. Both parties are very stubborn in their point of view and it's often quite frustrating to see them arguing over the topic and missing the big picture. Instead of writing on and on about how you should price your app, here's how customers feel when they find an app that intrigues them.

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filling in the blank with MAKE

Three days ago, I released MAKE, a BlackBerry 10 Starbucks client app, without much expectation.

Here's what happened in the last 3 days.

  1. MAKE received 86 reviews within the first 24 hours of release (This is a record for me and I am so thankful to everyone who left such kind comments!!)
  2. Have been downloaded over 5000 times despite crucial download restriction*
  3. The Google Places API which is used to retrieve all the Starbucks stores near the users location in the "Store Locations" tab, have been called over 10,000 times.
  4. Without me telling anyone besides some regular users on Twitter, MAKE was featured on CrackBerry, N4BB, BlackBerryCool, BerryReview, NerdBerry, and even in mobilesyrup (this was a pretty big surprise), all on the day of launch.
  5. Congratulations from many of my fellow developers :)

I'm blown away by the response from the BlackBerry 10 community and the events over the last 3 days is a clear indication that there is a huge demand for the official Starbucks app.

 * MAKE requires BlackBerry 10 devices to have OS version 10.2 and above but at the time of its release, the 10.2 update was not widely available to the public.

 

what is user experience?

Everyone talks about user experience, every app development firm talks about user experience,  every handset maker talks about how their user experience triumphs their competitors.

What the hell is user experience and why is everyone so obsessed with it?

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who cares about icons

Everything needs a "face". Unless you were born with one, your "face" will either an icon, logo, or sometimes both. I am talking about, of course, mobile applications. The design of icons are often overlooked by many group of people as they are deemed less important comparison to the weight of the entire product.

They are wrong.

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awesome music to listen to while coding

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