I’ve just released version 2.5.0 of StormEye. The main visible changes in this version are the ability to donate via an in-app purchase and a new look to the storm list when it is empty. Many smaller improvements, especially in the backend, are also included in this update because this version of StormEye was built against the newest framework changes that were implemented during development of StormGist. Since StormGist and StormEye are built from the same codebase, they both benefit from the improvements to the StormEye framework.
Recently I released an app called StormEye Donate which had no functionality and was just to allow users to donate to support StormEye development. It is a fairly common practice for developers to release separate donate apps so I spent a few hours one night creating StormEye Donate. However, when a purchased app is uninstalled the user will be refunded their money if the uninstall is within 15 minutes of purchase… or at least Google’s documentation states it is 15 minutes. However, several users were refunded their money by uninstalling StormEye Donate well over 30 minutes after they purchased it. Due to this, I decided to implement donations via in-app purchases.
StormEye 2.5.0 has a new item on the menu labeled Donate. When you tap this menu item, you are presented with a dialog which gives you two different values which you can donate. Choosing either option kicks off a Google Play in-app purchase. You can still cancel the donation up until the point you tap “Buy” inside the Google Play dialog. Also, if you’re feeling generous you can purchase the donation items as many times as you like.
Since StormEye 2.5.0 now has in-app donations, I’ve removed StormEye Donate from Google Play. Only 7 people purchased StormEye Donate. StormEye has 27,600+ active installations so 7 purchases means about 0.025% of StormEye’s active users donated… not exactly promising. Hopefully more people will donate now that donations are integrated into StormEye. It’s only a few dollars!
The other main visible change is a new look to the slide out storm list when there are no storms. Before 2.5.0, the storm list would just say “No Storm Data” at the top and the rest of the list would be empty. Now, in 2.5.0, the text is centered and the top bar is hidden when there are no storms. This change is thanks to the work done in StormGist since StormGist is basically just the storm list.
That covers the gist of the changes in StormEye 2.5.0. You can get it now on Google Play! And don’t forget to buy me a cheap meal… by donating!