A lot of you have been asking for more transparency to the development of Sports Tracker and rightly so. We’ve been busy recruiting and ramping up a killer team to take the development of our service and apps to the next level and in the process have not been as active as we should have been in communicating with you – our users.
Time to change that.
Here are the highlights of what we are up to at the moment. In the future you can find the latest on our service and app development status in the new Behind the Scenes -section of this blog.
Building a killer team
During this year we have grown from 5 people to 15 experienced developers and experts. This has unfortunately been a big strain on our ability to deliver updates as bringing new people in takes quite a lot of time and energy.
Luckily we found some amazing new talents to the team and we are now more ready than ever before to take the next leaps in the development of Sports Tracker.
We have great feedback from all of you on what the main developments should be and even though it might feel like we have not listened we have and we have taken a ton of notes.
Now we have the team to turn those notes into reality.
Working on service stability
As most of you have noticed we have experienced some unfortunate service cuts and other issues with our service and apps lately. As Sports Tracker is growing (thanks to all of you) we have realized that the solutions we have had in place have not been sufficient to handle all the amazing adventures you are tracking and sharing.
Luckily this did not come as a surprise to us and we have been hard at work on rebuilding our backend systems ever since the spring of this year to make sure we can deliver the level of service that you have come to expect from us. The new backend will not only ensure service stability but will also enable a host of new features.
This work is expected to be complete by the end of September and until then we can only ask for you patience – we will obviously do all we can to minimize issues affecting your use of the service and the apps. If you for some reason do experience difficulties please contact our support team!
Developing and enhancing the apps + creating a brand new web service
The new team has not only been working on revamping the backend of our service but work has also been ongoing on multiple other fronts.
Our Android app is being rebuilt from scratch to make it more efficient and stable, the iPhone app will also get a major update in September with some long-awaited features (gotta keep some secrets) and today we are sharing the first glimpse to our new web service also launching in September!
Head to our development community and let us know what you think of the new look & feel of the service. Our new head of web development, Risto Vainio will be taking part in the discussion and taking in all your valued feedback :)
The new web service and apps will be developed aggressively this fall and beyond to take in to account all the feedback your have shared. More info on the details of these features and improvements will be shared later in the “Behind the scenes” -blog and in our development community.
A new web store and new products
During the summer we also launched our new web store with prices now in both Euros and USD’s and shipping worldwide.
We also added some new products to help you train better: We’ve got the brand new Sports Tracker Cycling Jerseys and Pants for all the roadies out there as well as the classic I’m a Tracker -tee’s to help you show your color when in the office or out in your favorite bar for that after-training recovery drink.
More new products coming soon…
Going forward we will focus our development efforts mainly to both the Android and IOS -platforms. This means that all new features and enhancements will first see the light of day on these platforms. In most cases we will first launch a new features on one of the platforms and when it has been perfected with the help of your valuable feedback it will then be implemented on the other main platform and also in most cases on Windows Phone – mainly on the upcoming Windows Phone 8.
Symbian development has not been cancelled but at the moment we are in maintenance mode making sure the app functions as is and we are still evaluating the possible updates to the app. The future of Symbian is unfortunately very bleak as Nokia is slowly ramping it’s support down and moving on to Windows Phone and as a small startup we have to prioritise and maximize the impact of our efforts to make sure the majority of our users will get the best possible experience with Sports Tracker.
Thanks again for your patience, understanding and support!
Your Sports Tracker Team
Antti, Jussi K, Jussi S, Mikolas, Timo, Mikko, Risto, Tommi, Vesa, Katja, Ramon, Mika, Hannu, Simo, Jari and Ville