Apple finally lets us reply to reviews 🙌 👏

If you are an iOS developer or somehow related to publishing apps on the App Store you know that you cannot reply to users reviews, and that sucks

Finally Apple announced that “When iOS 10.3 ships to customers, you will be able to respond to customer reviews on the App Store in a way that is available for all customers to see. (This feature will also be available on the Mac App Store.)” — source

They also added SKStoreReviewController API that enables us to ask users to rate or review your app while they’re using it, without sending them to the App Store. That also looks useful because develepers don’t need to make their own dialogs and redirect to App Store for that.

But the main thing is the fact that we will be able to reply to reviews. I don’t know why we didn’t have that from the beginning, we can only guess. But what I know is that it was putting us in a bad spot. People read reviews, use them to get some initial feeling about the app before they download it, decide if they should download it or not, etc. And we all know that when you like some app there is more chance you will not leave a review, but when you don’t like the app, you will write that one star review as soon as possible. 🙂

There are valid bad reviews but sometimes people have some problem that we can help them with, but we did not have a way to respond them and solve the problem. By adding this reply feature we can do this, we can respond to users problems, questions or maybe have fun with some trolls.

Also, there are sites/companies that offer you to buy reviews, so for example your competitor can buy fake reviews or just write fake reviews and people will talk trash about you and you don’t have a chance to answer them and tell your part of the story.

Apple thank you for finally giving us this feature and I hope that you will think more about this kind of stuff in the future! 🙂

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Fabric will be shut down by the end of the year

Yesterday you probably got an email or read ( about Fabric being aqcuired by Google.

Few years ago Crashlytics was bought by Twitter — — and became Fabric.

If you are using Fabric today you know that it is being used for real-time analytics, beta testing, crash reporting, in-app monetization, twitter login etc. They are all sets of tools that we use to make our apps better.

Now take a look at Firebase, Google’s product. As it says on their websites tagline, “App success made simple”, “The tools and infrastrucure you need to build better apps and grow successful businesses”. In more detail: “Firebase is a mobile platform that helps you quickly develop high-quality apps, grow your user base, and earnmore money. Firebase is made up of complementary features that you can mix-and-match to fit your needs.”

Now tell me if you think Fabric will be a live by the end of the year? I don’t think so. Google will slowly “inform” us via email and other ways about Firebase and benefits from it. And eventually they will send a press release that Fabric will be shut down on day X.Y. It is simple math, having one servise, Firebase, and focusing on it is easier and better for them (and probably us), then having to maintain Fabric.

It will be fun to see if this will happen… If not… My bad! 😜

Take a look at my WWDC trip recap post if you plan on going to WWDC this year!

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