I started writing this blog post and got carried away from looking at what we, as a team (you and us!), have accomplished in just a year, and then I began to ponder what the new year will bring. Soon enough, I realized I was going off a tangent when the real focus should be on what’s next with Corona.
So what is next?
Simple. We are going to add the features that have been brought up by many of you for quite sometime now, and we are going to strictly focus on the features that have been “missing” and plaguing us for a while now. They are, in no particular order:
- Android in-app purchases
- Game Center without OpenFeint
- iOS Mail with attachments and without leaving the app.
- Map view on Android
- Push notifications (remote) for iOS
- URLSchema for iPhone
- Intents for Android
- WebPopup redux
- More social gaming features
- Twitter integration for iOS5
- Messages/SMS in app for iOS
- Graphics engine improvements
- Debugger enhancements
These are some of the first and foremost important features that we will focus on immediately. Some of them will end up on iOS first, and then Android if the feature is available — or vice-versa.
We’ll also be adding some other stuff that we have on our list, but I’m purposefully leaving that out because — after tallying all the requests — the aforementioned are the priority features which we will work on first. Rest assured we will get them out to you on a Daily Build starting in a few days as we prep our code repository for several branches we are working on.
We will continue to fix bugs, revise the list as we move forward, and continue to build upon Corona SDK to become the de-facto publishing choice for cross-platform development.
In the meantime, enjoy the new build, look for new features to start creeping up, and I’ll continue to look forward to your apps and games on a daily basis.
I know there are other issues and features and what-not that are not on the list. Well, once we implement most of the features here, we’ll probably have to follow up with another ‘State of the Corona’ address.
And don’t forget that this is software and it comes with its own set of nuances (or maybe “nuisances?”), especially when it comes to keeping things cross-platform. The list here is an unordered list, and implementation details will dictate which features go in first, second, last, etc.
Nevertheless, it’s going to be one heckuva 2012…