Where is Droid? - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

When I released the first version of this application, I had very little programming experience. I learned almost everything by myself using tutorials on the internet and mostly by trying and making mistakes.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

The most complicated thing was managing the images. At the time of the first version, phones were not powerful enough to display such heavy images and most of the time the application crashed. The second major problem was to manage to retrieve the coordinates of an object to be searched regardless of the zoom level of the image. I will remember all my life the moment when it worked for the first time! What a joy!

The interviewee, Timothe, is the developer of Where is Droid. He, along with his friend Matt, who does all the designing work, "wanted to create something," and eventually made this successful app which now has 100K+ downloads on Google Play.

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

I don't have a lot of apps on my phone but I use a lot Keepass2Android that I synchronized with Google Drive which is really stable and helpful. And for the geeky side, I use JuiceSSH a lot to connect to my servers in SSH to make direct modifications when I don't have access to a computer.

How long have you been working on this app?

Ten years this year! In fact, to be more precise, we released a first version that didn't work very well ten years ago because of the performance of the phones at that time.

But in the last 3 years, the phones were powerful enough to handle the weight of the big images and we brought it back online with new worlds and new features. So it evolved little by little.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

I had several criteria:

- That the user can play it without needing internet (in the subway for example)

- That he is not bothered by advertising.

- That they don't need to know how to read to play (so for example young children) so the application is almost entirely made of images to click. You just have to let yourself be guided, you understand the concept very quickly. The only texts are the tutorials at the beginning which are very short.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

I am far from thinking that my application is better than others of the same style. On the contrary, I find that I still have a lot of progress to make to match some.

Mine is very simple, no advanced features, no connection to a server and all the nice animations that make the application attractive. But that's also what makes it strong I think. Its simplicity.

But the big plus doesn't come from me, it comes from the designer who drew the extraordinary worlds of the game. He is the real talent and what makes the application so cool! There's also something cool that doesn't exist elsewhere: the hidden sounds and the omnipresent pop culture references.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

We have just split the application into two versions for one main reason, which is to make room in version 2 to add more worlds. Each world and all the drawings and music that goes with it weighs a lot.

So the goal is to make the application evolve by adding worlds. We are also working on objects to find in all the worlds at once (because some objects have been hidden everywhere) and we are also preparing a special version for younger children.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

Try it and if you have children, test it with them. Personally, I sometimes do a screen cast of the application on the TV, and my kids have fun searching on the big screen.

They also love to press the hidden sounds. And if you like it, a little comment on the Playstore would make us extremely happy. And if you share it on your social networks, we'd love it!

Where is Droid?

About App:
Our friend Droid got lost in incredible worlds. Find him ! Tons of objects and characters to find, pop-culture references, hidden sounds... You are going to love it!

Have fun!
A "Where's Wally?" or "Where's Waldo?" or "Hide and seek ispy" game for the whole family.

Categories: Game, Puzzle

Date: December 10, 2022

Developer: Timothé Poznanski

About developer: The interviewee, Timothe, is the developer of Where is Droid. He, along with ... Read more

Website: https://whereisdroid.com/


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