Shopping Australia V1.2.0 Update

Today I’m announcing the next major update to the Shopping Australia app.

For those that don’t know, Shopping Australia is “your go to solution for shopping hours and more.

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So what is the major addition to this app?

All versions off our app to date runs off a service called Parse of whom is owned by Facebook.

Parse is an external internet powered database solution that allows us to update details in real-time so when you open the app when being connected to the internet, you always have the most up to date information.

Unfortunately earlier this year, Parse announced that they will be shutting down the service in January 2017 and recommended all Parse developers to find an alternative solution and migrate ASAP.

We have spent the past few months shopping around for the best solution to maintain the same experience for you the users, while being cost-effective and increase longevity in the product to avoid a scenario like this happening again.

With this update, you will now be connected to our new database solution and will continue to receive the most up to date information into the future.

Now that was the main goal for this update, but we didn’t stop there.

We also have the following changes to both of our apps on iOS and Android:

iOS:

  • Current Location on Maps page is now a blue pin to stand out when zoomed out.
  • Special Shopping Hours, Stores and Phone Number buttons will no longer appear if there is no information for them to display.
  • Switching between states using the State Filter on the Home Page and Maps Page is faster.
  • Improved the colour matching for the search bar on the home page.
  • Retiring the Push Notifications service due to Parse shutting down and will publish updates on own website, here and on social media.
  • Updated app store details.
  • Minor bug fixes.
  • Completely rebuilt Feedback page, due to Parse shutting down, which will email us directly for even faster responses.
  • Updated About Us page.

Android:

  • First time users will now get asked immediately what state they are in, when setting up the app.
  • Minor improvements to the interface across the app.
  • Improved app launching and loading times.
  • Fixed bug where some users may not get pins from other states to appear on maps page.
  • Maps page now lets users tap on a marker and select directions in bottom right corner of maps screen for immediate turn-by-turn navigation via Google Maps.
  • Updated app store details.
  • Completely rebuilt Feedback page, due to Parse shutting down, which will email us directly for even faster responses.
  • Updated About Us page.

The app & update are both available now for free on the iOS App Store and Google Play App Store.

Shopping Australia on iOS: http://apple.co/1Odsj95

Shopping Australia on Android: http://bit.ly/1ja2qdz

Shopping Australia on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShoppingAust

Shopping Australia on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShoppingAus

Follow Neil on Twitter: https://twitter.com/neilh_apps

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