Progress Update on the MFP Blackberry App
We know a lot of you have been patiently waiting for a MyFitnessPal Blackberry app, so we thought it might be helpful to share some details about our progress on the app to date:
- We are full-speed ahead on the app. Following the initial launch of the Android app in early August, we immediately turned our attention to Blackberry, and since then we have spent more time and effort on the Blackberry app than any other project. With the release since then of various updates to the iPhone and Android apps, I know it seems like we're spending a lot of time on the other apps and not on Blackberry, but that's actually not true. The Blackberry app has been and currently remains our #1 priority, and we're working hard to release it as soon as possible.
- Unfortunately, building an app takes time. Creating any app is a lengthy process - you have to go through the learning curve of figuring out how to write apps for that particular platform, and then of course you have to write the code. But Blackberry has been particularly challenging because there are so many different phones with varied feature sets - some scroll wheel, some touchscreen, different screen sizes, etc. - combined with many different versions of the operating system. Each of these work in slightly different ways. Many Blackberry phones also have a much smaller screen size than iPhone or Android phones, so we've had to tweak the UI quite a bit to make sure the app will be usable on a smaller screen. And finally, Blackberry phones can be more limited in memory and storage space which has required significant adjustments in the overall architecture of the app. Of all of our apps so far, Blackberry has been the most challenging for these reasons.
- The good news is that we are making great progress. Just this week we finally have a feature-complete version of the Blackberry app working for one screen size and one OS version. It still has a ton of bugs which we are working hard to fix, but we at least have something relatively functional.
- The bad news, though, is that we still have a lot of work to do to make the app work nicely on other screen sizes, other OS versions, etc. We hope it will not take too long to complete that work, but at this point, we're not ready to state an estimate of when we'll be finished. The app won't be ready in a week, but it also definitely won't take us 6 months - beyond that, it's a bit hard to say at this point when we'll have something ready.
Overall, we wanted to reassure all of the Blackberry folks out there that we haven't forgotten about you! We are very very anxious to release the app, and we're doing everything we can to make that happen as soon as possible. Hopefully this blog post gives you a better feel for how far along we are in the process. When we feel the app is in good shape, we absolutely will have a beta test before we officially launch it. If you're interested in the beta test, make sure to either Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or check the blog here periodically, as we'll announce any beta test in all of those venues.
Hope that helps. And hope you are all enjoying the site.
Mike & Al