Friday, October 17, 2014

Polljoy - customer feedback sdk

Polljoy is another customer feedback for mobile.

I have covered others such as Helpshift, Neemware and Apptentive.

They look pretty simple to use.

You can try it out for free with 1000 responses/month.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Parse New Pricing (2014) is so much cheaper

OMG. Parse is already my favourite BaaS, now it is even more.

Parse announced a new pricing - cheaper and simpler.

They used to have 1 million free push messages in a month. Now, it is 1 million unique devices!

That means if you send lots of push, but have less than 1 million active users a month, then you don't have to pay a dime!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Integrate Google Authenticator for your own website

If you have not activated Google Authenticator, you very well should.

Not only can the 2FA be used for Google services, it can also be used for third party websites.

You might have seen it being used in Wordpress or Evernote.

It is actually pretty simple. Try out a demo of how it works from dendory.net. The demo site uses ga4php. Better code using Python. Or use Node lib.

Read about the API on the URI key.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ultimate Guide to Understanding SMS API

There are many SMS API available, and they all seems to do the same thing.

Tell me the number and message to send, and I will send to the phone.

A simple I/O operation it seems, but the truth is not.

Nexmo provided a guide to SMS deliverability. An excellent guide for new API users.

I also learnt a few new things.

  • If you know the MCC/MNC your recipient is on (you can if you have a mobile app), then you can use Nexmo API with "network-code". This will avoid number portability problem.
  • REST can scale as well as SMPP 
  • Refer to their country specific guide

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

AWS now has mobile push notifications API

You can now send push notifications (Apple APNS or Google GCM) via AWS!

This feature comes under SNS (Simple Notification Service), which includes sending to email and SMS too.

The pricing is amazingly cheap too. Mobile push notifications will cost $1 or less for 1 million pushes! As a comparison, Parse charges $70 per 1 million pushes.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

After 4 years, iOS developers can now interact with WhatsApp via URL Schema

In their latest release, WhatsApp has introduced their app URL schema.

For example, the following URL will open WhatsApp from your app, with the message and user prefilled.

whatsapp://send?text=Hello%2C%20World!&abid=1234

At the same time, the app has changed from fixed paid app to auto-renewable subscription. So they earn $0.99 every year!

Interestingly, didn't Apple say auto-renewable subscription is only for apps that has new content?