Last week we finished up and submitted the next update to Math Ref. Aside from the awesome things we’ve already mentioned in a previous post, this update also brings compatibility support to iOS 6 and iPhone 5. Now that the iOS version is in Apple’s hands we’re now splitting our time between the next Android update and our first game.
The Android version will be getting a tablet specific UI as well as using the Halo theme where available. It will also be getting a content update and some more tools. Updated look, more content, and more tools. We think it’ll be a great update.
So, a few weeks back we said we would layout out our pricing scheme for our apps. For starters we believe that if you make a quality app then people will pay for it. You guys have proven that to us. The idea that you need a race to the bottom, or you have to be a freemium is bad for everyone. Freemium apps sometimes forget that they need to be quality to start with and begin to treat their users as eyeballs or resources. When we started, $0.99 seemed like a very reasonable price for our app. It was a tool that we used to help us tutor others in math, but has since grown to be so much more. We want to add more advanced topics to the app and a lot more tools. However, not only will this cost us time and resources on our end, but the majority of users will never use those sections. We feel what Math Ref needs are more examples, more interactivity, and a better user experience.
Our plan is to have a version of Math Ref for $1.99. This version will be no different than the one we have now. Then for $0.99 you will be able to purchase an advance pack, which will include more tools (way more than we have now) and more advance sections (real analysis, number theory, etc). We’ll still have a free version, which you will be able to unlock the full version for $1.99, and you will be able to purchase the advance pack for $0.99. The free version will let you also, just purchase the advance pack, if you don’t need all the content of the paid version and you don’t mind the ads. We think this will really let users pick just how much content they want. Maybe this is a terrible idea, and if it is we really hope you voice your concerns.
Well, thank you all for being awesome and for your support. Hope this coming week goes well for you all.