The Sorcerer’s Apprentice app is approaching its second birthday, and during that time I’ve enjoyed getting feedback from you about new features, how best to use the app, game play tips, and other ideas.
But by far the most frequent comment I’ve heard is “What about Android”, or some variation of that question.
I assure you it’s not because I’ve been uninterested in having an Android version — it’s always been a purely technical issue.
I’m excited to announce that I’ve recently begun work on the Android version of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice — it’s underway and while I’m not ready to announce any time frame for completion, I’m happy with the way the work is going so far.
iPhone applications and Android applications — while they may look quite similar to a user — are actually very different from the developer’s perspective. Creating the Android version of the app is therefore going to require a good bit of work — but that work presents some great opportunities to re-visit the original design and see if there are areas that could be improved upon.
My initial plan for the app is somewhat conservative — Version 1.0 of the Android version will be roughly equivalent to Version 1.0 of the iPhone version that was released in 2013. This means it will support the card checklist functionality, but won’t yet have the game play features, trading, or the portal finder. But the roadmap for the app is to bring it fully up to the feature set of the iPhone version over a series of two to three major releases.
Over on The Sorcerer’s App Facebook page I’d like to keep the discussion going as I revisit all parts of the application in the process of re-engineering it for the Android platform. I’m also launching a “Nerd Central” tab on this site where I may from time to time dive into the technical details that I find interesting … those of you who are technically inclined are invited to click over.
I also invite you to respond to the poll below. Feedback from users has guided the evolution of the app from the very beginning, and as we embark on this next chapter I’d really appreciate getting your ideas and perspectives on the best features to preserve and the ones to change. The changes that are made during this process may very well find their way back to the iPhone version in a later release, so no matter which platform you prefer you might want to weigh in with your thoughts about design and features.
And now … I’m happy to share with you the first finished screen from the Android version of the Sorcerer’s App. Just a small taste to whet your appetite for what is to come.
More to come, I promise!