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Old 08-16-2011, 09:18 PM   #1
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App for Iphone and Android?

When can we expect to see apps for Android or Iphone?
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:52 PM   #2
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My guess would be never, since a web-based page would work on those platforms too. Fuelly don't have many staff from what I can gather, so apps would be a luxury they can't afford.

Of course there's nothing to stop someone else writing an app to import the rss feed.
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Old 08-17-2011, 01:41 AM   #3
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This is definitely our top request. If you search the forum for 'app' you'll find plenty of past discussions. We have a FAQ entry about it too: Do you have an iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry app? We probably get a couple emails a week asking about it.

Our answer to this question is that we have Fuelly Mobile, a web application optimized for phones. It works on iPhones, Androids, Blackberrys, Nokias, Palms, and just about any other handheld device that can access the Web. So we develop Fuelly Mobile once and we can support all of these devices.

It's still something we think about quite a bit. Let me give you a little background about Fuelly and how apps are built.

Fuelly was built by two Web developers. As Web developers we know how to build web applications using Web technologies: SQL, Server Scripting (ColdFusion in this case), HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. We've been using these technologies for years and we know them pretty well. Native iPhone and Android applications are written in a different way using completely different tools. That means we'll need to hire someone to build any native apps we offer. App developers are in high demand, and designing and supporting apps isn't cheap.

Side Note: We could offer an API and let 3rd party folks build apps, but we want more control over people's experience with Fuelly than that offers. People build fantastic 3rd party apps every day, and people build not-so-great 3rd party apps every day. We don't want people to start out with a not-so-great Fuelly experience.

So with this in mind, the question we ask ourselves: Would a native iPhone or Android app make adding a fuel-up easier? I think the answer is yes, slightly. A native app would load slightly faster and be available when there's no network. So the next question we ask ourselves: Is the increase in efficiency worth the development expense? This is the tougher question to answer. We haven't been able to say yes to this.

It's not quite as simple as answering this question. Obviously apps are the hot thing in technology at the moment. People want to discuss apps. So a native Fuelly app would make it easier for people to share with others because that's what people want to talk about. It would put Fuelly in app stores which people are currently exploring and excited about. So there's a marketing aspect. That leads to another question: Would a native app make Fuelly more popular? Our mission is to get as many people tracking their fuel economy as possible and native apps might help move us toward that goal. Is the expensive development cost worth it if we're doing it primarily for marketing? That's not as easy to answer as the efficiency question.

It's not just small projects like Fuelly struggling with this question. These are important questions for many companies right now. Web legend Tim Bray recently wrote a post that summed up this problem: “Web” vs. “Native” where he looks at a few companies that offer both.

So the short answer is: we don't have any native apps for the iPhone or Android planned at the moment. We are thinking about it.
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I thought Android apps were Java based ?
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Old 09-10-2011, 12:19 PM   #5
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Not sure, 71sbeetle. It's confusing, but Java and Javascript are two completely unrelated things.
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