When did you started developing Tren?
Tren is a weekend app. I started planning and coding the mock-ups on March 28 2014 (Friday). Worked really hard on each feature on March 29-30 (Saturday and Sunday) and sunday night, i already have the alpha app for testing. My friends are my guinea pigs (and i love them, truly they have an eye for quality). And on Monday, i have been busy testing the BETA app for release. Making sure that the app won’t crash on my device, and won’t make my testers unhappy.
And on April 1 2014, tren has finally launched in Google Play. It’s a living proof that April Fools Day is not only just for pranks.
Why did you focused on developing Tren?
I have a LOT of app ideas in my mind. But these ideas are needed to be cultured, it needs to be planned. A perfect way to launch an app is timing and research. I think it’s the best time to launch a train guide to serve better my fellow countrymen and the fact that the growing need for info app focusing on public transportation is becoming a necessity.
Why is the CCTV feature NOT built-in on the app?
I’ve been getting the same question right before i’ve launched the app. It’s simply because it’s MRT’s property. I don’t like the idea of serving a feature and have to sneak on their system just to make that feature work. I respect the whole organization. But if ever they would offer an API access for third party developers, like me. I’ll be more willing to cooperate.
Are you seeking partnership?
Yes. Specially if the offer would really benefit the users. If you have a proposal, you can E-mail me instead.
Is Tren really FREE? How do you earn?
Tren will always be FREE to use. I’ll earn through Google’s Ads. I’ll use the money to buy me some coffee. Or a small meal when i’m hungry coding.
Why is iOS not supported from Day 1?
Technical stuff. But hopefully, i would launch an “Up-to-date” version of the app at the end of the year.
That’s it! I hope you liked reading this behind the scene post. I’d like to thank a good friend Bea Fel, My mom, My Uncle and all of my friends who helped and supported my app. I appreciate all of your efforts! You guys are awesome!