Hi everyone, I’m Kamla and I’m the marketing manager at Gigwalk.
I’m also one of the three Android users out of the 14 employees at Gigwalk
I love my Nexus S and Xoom. I love that they have a back button, I love how well they integrate with Google apps, and I love that I can watch full episodes of The Daily Show on them.
That’s not to say my Android love is totally rational. It’s a way better logo. Plus, have you seen the dessert field at Google HQ?
Image courtesy Techwhack
Suffice it to say, I get the frustration over how long it’s taken. I can’t even get screenshots of the app without asking one of the Apple fanboys in the office. However, there’s a pretty good reason that it’s taking so long:
When we released Gigwalk 2.0, it was a huge change. There were things that worked and things that didn’t. For example, we took out the maps interface because of the anywhere gigs, but found out that the map was one of the features people loved most about Gigwalk.
Every few weeks we’re putting out big updates that are fixing the things that didn’t work. These updates are fixing the user experience for both people doing Gigs, and people who are posting Gigs.
Android runs on around 100 different devices all with different versions of the OS. Making Gigwalk for Android means testing the different devices and the different versions which takes a long time. If we were to have to update the Android version every time we made a major update, it would take a lot longer to put these updates out.
So, why should we Android users care? We can’t do Gigs, and doing Gigs is better than not doing Gigs…
A lot of these major updates are improving the experience for the people who post Gigs as well. A better experience for them means more Gigs available to do. The faster we get these updates out, the faster we can build up a customer base that will post more Gigs.
Think of it as a long term investment in the health of Gigwalk and the number of Gigs available for people to do. It’d be nice to be able to do Gigs right now, but in the long run the wait will make the experience better for everyone. Not only that, but Android users will be getting a really awesome version of the app.
As far as timing - same thing goes.. still not sure, but we’ll update as we know more! But - We will be sending an email out to Android users with an opportunity to do a Gig outside of the App. The Gig will pay $10 for a survey, so keep an eye out for the email!