It is with a sad and heavy heart that I write this. Unfortunately, 8sms is at a crossroads and, indeed, this may be the end of the road of 8sms as you know it.
Pending a dramatic change of fortune or some unforeseen event, my ongoing development of 8sms is financially unsustainable and needs to be reconsidered.
My monetisation strategy for 8sms ... has flopped, and flopped badly.
The only other potentially viable monetisation of 8sms is advertising. However, it's not something I really want to subject my users to.
Hence, with no monetisation, I can't really afford to continue developing 8sms.
Whilst I enjoy working on 8sms and making it even better, unfortunately, if it is not economically sustainable, it's not viable to continue.
So, where to from here?
I see some possibilities. An acquisition ...
* Sell 8sms to a buyer (whether the buyer will continue maintaining 8sms or chooses to add advertising is unknown),
* Be "acqui-hired" by a buyer who then employs me to continue working on 8sms,
* Be "acqui-hired" by Google who then employs me to fix the many mms-related issues in Google Hangouts.
or something more dramatic ...
* Add advertising to 8sms (which I have been reluctant to do),
* "Shut down" 8sms: Leave it available on Google Play, but stop future development and support.
I am one of those people who dislikes advertising, so I have resisted placing advertisements into 8sms so far. However, it is preferable if I don't have to "shut down" 8sms.
Pending a friendly acquisition, something dramatic may have to happen. Since events are not mine to control, let's see what the next few weeks have in store.
I am putting up the "For Sale" sign for 8sms.
If anyone is interested in purchasing 8sms, please convey your expression of interest in email.
Thank you for reading, and thank you to all the users of 8sms for their support so far. It has been a wonderful (though busy) experience.
No problem, I understand like i said its very minor. Sad to see you packing up shop. Could you possibly charge for 8sms like 1.99 or some other amount? Would that help? I'd be more than happy to pay a few bucks to keep it around. Again thanks for all the hard work you've put into this app.
That's unfortunate. This app really is the bee's knees if you're looking for simple functionality. I appreciate all the hard work you've put into it.
What percentage of users know about the donation page? Maybe a once only popup alerting users to that dialog? Or once per app update if they haven't already donated?
Have you considered a donation link here in this thread? Maybe in the OP? Maybe in your XDA profile?
I forget if you've considered a parallel donate version of the app in the play store ...
At any rate, I'd hate to see the ap go. I've used 8sms exclusively for a long time now, across multiple devices and multiple versions of Android.
Best of luck to you whatever path you choose!
The only way I can think of so far which would allow me to make enough money in order to continue developing 8sms ... is advertising. It's something I don't want to do, but if the alternative is to shut down 8sms, then advertising is the "lesser of two evils".
(If I did add advertising, then I'll probably allow them to be removed via an in-app purchase or donation.)
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