I know, it’s been a while. Apart from sporadic responses to support mails (and tweets) there’s not been much activity on the Radbox development front, and now would be a good time to share what’s been going on.
When we started Radbox on the web our end-game was to build a great video experience across platforms, from handhelds to large TV screens. Earlier this year after a pretty long development cycle we shipped Radbox for iPads, and offered integrations via an API, feeds and an XBMC plugin. This made your Radbox queue viewable on televisions (via XBMC, Boxee) as well as iPads (which at that time meant more than 90% of the tablet market).
While Radbox continues to do well on the web with zero marketing effort, the iPad app didn’t get a lot of traction for various reasons. Perhaps the experience was sub-optimal, although as a user I’ve spent countless hours watching my Radbox queue as well as curated (buzzword, sorry) lists when I was too tired to read. Our inexperience in the mobile app market didn’t help either.
As we had little fuel in the tank, we started exploring other things. We knew we were almost on track with Radbox from a product perspective, but it needed some more work, a few more iterations. Today we’d like to introduce you to our next iteration in a great video experience - Alyssa. Alyssa is the name of one of our earliest and most active users. This is her third year with the service, and last time we checked she had added more than 5000 videos to her queue. Since naming an app, like naming a company or a band, is so hard, we decided to borrow her name for the app. As a bonus, it works really well with the app branding.
We’re aiming to ship the app this coming January (assuming the world doesn’t end as scheduled). If you’d like to help test it out on your iOS device, please add your email to the list. Android fans out there - till we are confident we’ve nailed the iOS version we don’t plan to spend resources on an Android version. When that happens, you’ll get Alyssa for your shiny Nexus 7s and Kindle Fires.
There will be some edits to the Radbox web application. Most importantly, we’re considering dropping Facebook and Twitter auto-import, and focus only on manually added videos. The way these services keep changing their APIs and policies makes it a lot of work to keep everything running smoothly.
At the risk of sounding like an Oscar acceptance speech, we’d like to thank everyone (Guy Sie, Bruno R., Jason Karns, Brajesh and several others) and look forward to wowing you with the next instalment. For questions or feedback, mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.