Our vision is to combine the best that an App can do with a very user-friendly mobile website. That way we get all the benefits without having to support duplicated code base. That sounds good but what does it mean for you?
An App has the advantage to be on your mobile phone’s home screen and thus be very easily accessible. It would allow direct access to all of hobbyDB’s features –
While most features would open in the mobile web view (which we could then concentrate on making the best it could be) the ones where the mobile phone is best would open in the App. For now, that is our new UPC Scanner –
We’d like to add Image Recognition and a personal activity feed –
With the Image Recognition, you could identify that Corkscrew or Pin you just found (or even identify all those loose Action Figure parts you have put aside!) –
The mobile menu become “sticky” (always show) and would feature this new scan button right at the top of the page –
The scan button allows another UPC Scan, start another photo recognition session, or would direct to the Android or iOS store (if the free App was not installed yet).
As some have asked – we decided to plan for all of this versus storing an offline version of users’ Collections or Wish Lists as access to the internet is now almost universal and from the conversations we had with so many of our users we believe this would bring most much more benefits. All that being said we would love to hear your opinions here in the Comments!