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September 10, 2013

Mike Hines

One of the problems I’ve had with my wine blog is that my audience couldn’t read it when they really needed to, that is to say, when they were at a restaurant or wine shop and they needed to read my brilliant and witty take on a wine. Fortunately, my blog generates an RSS feed, so my next step was to learn how to code an RSS reader for Android and iOS. I already do some Android development, so this didn’t seem too daunting. That is until I actually tried to find the time to start. Honestly, by the time I get around to this, some of the wines I’ve been aging will be eligible for Social Security!

Enter Conduit Mobile (http://mobile.conduit.com.) One of my colleagues was talking to me about my RSS reader woes, and he told me about a way I could get my wine blog distributed as a mobile app for iOS and Android in about 20 minutes. Hmmm, what kind of an app can I get in 20 minutes? I wanted to find out, so I went to mobile.conduit.com and found out that I could try it free without supplying any credit card info; just the level of commitment I was looking for! Sure, I could only distribute 5 copies of my app with the free account, but it would give me a chance to see what I could get, so I signed up to give it a try.

It really was simple to choose a layout suitable for a wine blog, and paste in the URL for my RSS feed. I bypassed the options for eCommerce and user messaging because I was in a hurry to see what it looked like. Conduit Mobile generated an .apk that I sideloaded to my Kindle Fire, and it ran great with no issues.

I got what I wanted, an app that works. But Conduit Mobile wasn’t finished. They also helped me manage the submissions to the app stores. I just needed to supply the metadata assets and my store credentials, and Conduit Mobile would submit the app and all app updates for me just by clicking one button. (They only supported Google Play and Apple App Store at the time, so I had to manage my own Amazon Appstore submission.) Elapsed time, ~90 minutes.

I’ll admit this was pretty easy, and the .apk Conduit Mobile generated looks really good, so I upgraded to an account that would let me distribute unlimited copies of my app. My next step was to ask our business development team why Conduit Mobile didn’t offer an Amazon Appstore option. Our BD team was probably already working on this with Conduit Mobile, but they were nice enough to let me think it was my idea, and now Conduit Mobile will publish your new app to the Amazon Appstore as well as Google Play and the Apple App Store.

I suppose I could be angry with my colleague for missing his ’20 minute’ time estimate by such a wide percentage, but honestly I’m still grateful for the tip he gave me. You see, it’s been months since I’ve published my wine blog as an app, and I still haven’t finished writing my first Android RSS reader.

 

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