It's about time that this be brought up, but +The Seven+ Project as it was known is long over. +Launcher7
continue to be updated, and #Launcher8
is out as well, but aside from continued support by their respective developers, that's about it. I, +Thomas Barrasso
have long given up on bringing the Modern (Metro) UI to #Android
. Lately, I've been getting a number of emails and messages regarding this, so allow me to clarify.
When I started +The Seven+ Project
I was in high school, and I was a senior. I had a great deal of free time, and was still (and still am) learning #Android
and general mobile development. I had some background prior, but that's it: some. I was by no stretch of the imagination an expert, just a hacker. After #WP7Android
fell apart, I didn't want to be left developing alone. It's quite difficult for an app to get the attention it deserves. I convinced previous members of the team to "work together" under the umbrella of a new project.
But that's just it, "working together" was merely an illusion. As much as everyone wants to work together to cross-advertise and get more attention to their and each others projects, they don't want to sacrifice what makes their development independent. There was never more than one person working on a given project, and seldom if ever sharing of more than a source code snippet.
I'd attempted to build a library of the #WP7
UI, like a mini-SDK wrap-around for Android that would make it easy to turn normal apps into Modern UI ones. Given my lack of expertise, and what turned out to be minimal return on investment, that too soon fell apart. Few developers were willing to share revenue in exchange for my source code, and other developers just couldn't be trusted. It was a wash, and the only thing left to show today is #OpenMetro
although that is now outdated, inefficient, and not comprehensive enough to build a truly immersive, Modern UI experience.
Since the library I had released the #WP7Calculator
(now open source) and #StatusBarPlus
(acquired on +Apptopia
), neither of which have seen updates in a while, nor will they likely any time soon. I am fortunate for the later because, in spite of my mistakes, it proved to be my most successful app to date both in terms of the size of the user base and the money earned. For that I have the image of +The Seven+ Project
to thank, as well as +Temitayo Odesanmi
and +Luke Rodriguez
for encouraging me to release an app when I didn't see it's potential. It had never occurred to me that non-root users would be interested in customizing their status bar.
Fast forward well over a year, and here I am today: a rising sophomore at #UMASS
Amherst, employee at #PlanGrid
, and independent developer. I can say with certainty now that my in spite of my fortune, a focus on WP7/ Metro/ Modern UI was my biggest mistake. It limited the appeal of my apps to a small niche community. For this reason, as well as a loss of interest and demonstrated failure with +Windows Phone
I will not be developing such apps anymore.
My latest side project is #reClock
, which is free & live on Google Play. I have ideas for future apps as well, but given my limited time and commitment to my education, they'll move at my pace and I'll choose them based solely on personal interest and perceived earning potentials. It is a much less haphazard approach to development, and given my limited time and need to fund my own education, I'd argue both are perfectly reasonable metrics.
So I'll continue to post just as irregularly as I do now on this page, but follow the respective developers of the apps that interest you for their updates. Their won't likely be much, if any, Metro/ Modern UI news here.
Thanks for reading, hopefully this will solace the curious and give a more personal perspective on "our" development and The Seven+ Project.