So, a couple of months ago I was given an idea for an Android app. As I’d not done native Android development before, I started with a small part of it, which involved calculating a quote by entering quantities for various items. At some point, it occurred to me that it made sense as a stand-alone application, and on the 28th of August I officially split it off into a new project, Quick Quote. (Still a work in progress, so there will be some slight differences in appearance in the released version.)
Quick Quote is an Android application that lets you quickly produce quotes, estimtes and invoices, and then save them for later or share them, such as via email. Create quotable items in advance, then when it’s time to calculate a quote, simply choose which items and how many. You can see more screenshots on the Quick Quote page.
Working on an application is very different from a game. In some ways it’s been refreshing – I can make a list of what needs to be done, and know that when that list is complete, so is the app. Games are much less certain, and something you work on for months can turn-out to be no good. There’s also the issue of competition; games all effectively compete with each other, whereas I could not find any other apps that already do what Quick Quote does, which feels more secure. In addition, apps seem to suffer less from the race-to-the-bottom and expectations of being free that mobile games do.
Overall, I’m pleased with what I’ve accomlished, and it’ very satisfying. I’m not fully decided on what I’ll work on next, as that will partly depend on how well this goes. There are a couple of extra features I’m considering adding (but am avoiding doing so until I know it’s worth the time.) As something that took a little over a month, it’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t sell. It’s been a learning experience, at any rate.