Last Thursday KillerDeals v1.0.1 hit the shelves in the iPhone AppStore. It was only a minor update to fix a few bugs that appeared post release. So we got right to work hammering out a quick fix and Apple approved the update in no time flat. This was good news.
The necessity for the "emergency" update got us all really talking about the future of this application and where we want to head in the future. Here's a short list of the plans that will be rolling out over the next few releases:
- Create a KillerDeals web service – Currently our application communicates directly with the ODAT web sites, retrieves the content, parses it, and redisplays it in its current format. Although this is a completely acceptable approach, we are at the mercy of Backcountry. If their developers change the website format or content, our app is too tightly coupled to handle this change and thus we would need to release another application version through the iPhone store. But if we moved the retreval and parsing code to a Grio owned server, we can make changes on the "fly" without ever having to release an update through Apple. Much faster response time to content related issues.
- Push notifications -This app was meant to incorporate Apple's Push Notification system. Apple has been promising this technology for quite some time and iPhone 3.0 will finally deliver it. We all very excited about this. We have some very unique ideas about how Push alerts should be configured but you'll just have to wait to check out our innovative approach.
- More sites - Recently added to the ODAT family are Brociety.com and Chainlove.com. Expect to see these sites in KillerDeals sooner than you might think. But with 6 stores the tabs might get a little crowded. So we'll just have to see what our crafty Grio developers come up with.
- More information – KillerDeals is lacking a few bits of crutial information in its current state. Items and time remaining are key indicators for the ODAT sites. Expect to this this data ticking down the seconds in an upcoming version of KillerDeals
In summary, I guess you can expect KillerDeals just to get better with every release. Remember we are exicted to here from our users so drop us a note or leave us a blog comment. We'll be waiting.