Lightning Bug 2.7 addresses several issues that have been reported to us over the last couple weeks. We wanted to release these fixes prior to a few larger releases that we have planned.
We were hoping to release Winter Pack at the beginning of the season but considering it is still snowing it many places around the world and we are still wearing our winter jackets we think it is still appropriate! As you know we try hard to listen to feedback from our users and still try to balance making free and paid plugins for Lightning Bug. We are releasing Winter pack as a FREE plugin and it contains new sound samples and loops as well as a new visualization that will warm you up on those cold nights!
Lightning Bug 2.4 addresses two requests we’ve been getting more and more email about!
First, if you’re a Froyo user, you can now disable your phones button lights while Lightning Bug is running. Some of you have phone’s that already do this, but for those of you that don’t you can finally get things nice and dark! Unfortunately we can only provide this to Froyo users for now, but we’ll continue to look into ways to provide this feature for older Androids.
Lightning Bug version 2.3, available now in the Android Market, is another release all about the fans! We went through hundreds of your emails and comments in the Android Market, came up with a list of the most requested features, and got cracking on the 2.3 build. We get tons of requests for new scenes and sounds also, so don’t worry. For those of you enjoying our new plugin feature, we’ll be releasing new plugin packs very soon!
We recently started getting complaints from users that followed the form:
“I just installed the Android 2.2 update [aka, Froyo] on my phone and Lightning Bug now force closes as soon as it opens!”
In releases previous to 1.0.9 the Lightning Bug alarm didn’t function when Lightning Bug was closed or not running; a source of much confusion and quite a few feature requests. So, for the 1.0.9 release, Lightning Bug’s alarm and snooze functions were re-coded with the goal that the alarm would continue to function outside of the main Lightning Bug application. That is, so that the alarm still goes off even when Lightning Bug isn’t running.*
This past Friday (11/20) we released Lightning Bug 1.0.7 to the Android Market. There are some good features in this new version so we would recommend that you upgrade when you get a moment. The most noticeable is that we added sounds to the Van de Graff scene and it now includes White Noise. We will say that one disappointing aspect of this release was that Lightning Bug didn’t show up under the “Just In” category. We have had some issues with the Android Market in the past and now there seems to be a lot of conversation around how to “game” the market. To be honest, we were just disappointed that it didn’t show up as we typically are able to introduce some new users to the application that would most likely not have specifically searched for it.
If you’re like me, dutifully following updates from the Android Developers group and the Google Mobile Blog, you probably got excited last week that Google had quietly announced an analytics API giving Android and iPhone applications Google Analytics-esque metrics. And like you, I also immediately checked out the SDK documentation only to find the links it contained to the SDK download were giving back a 403! Serious Buzzkill!
Wheel of Yum has been on the Android market for a few weeks now and keeps getting lot’s of positive feedback. So a few days ago we decided to submit it to this year’s Android Developer Challenge. We agreed on some new features, an improved UI design, and got coding. Being that the ADC submission deadline is tomorrow midnight PT we knew we were kind of up against a wall getting a new release ready, but got everything built and tested by early Sunday evening anyway … and thats when we tried to submit our app to the ADC market…