Why Printoid PRO is no more available on Google Play?

Hello Printoid users,

This is an important message, especially for users of Printoid PRO.

WHAT?

I have unpublished Printoid PRO from Google Play.

That means:

  • Only Printoid LITE and PREMIUM remain on Google Play
  • Printoid PRO can’t be downloaded by new users
  • If you have Printoid PRO installed on your device, you can still enjoy app updates

PRO

WHY?

Because, the offer was not clear enough for everyone. There were 3 versions of Printoid on Google Play:

  • LITE, for free but with limited features
  • PRO, paid app with all the main features of the app
  • PREMIUM, paid app initially made for 3D printing business

There is a versions comparator on Printoid.net, and from the app itself (within the tutorials). But, that was still not clear enough, even for new users and for current users of the app.

I really wanted to make a clear offer of the app since a while (see the discussion here) and that’s why I had to make a choice. And the choice I’ve made is to keep only Printoid PREMIUM as the only paid app, with all the features.

WHAT ABOUT NEW USERS

New users will be still able to download Printoid LITE to give a test to the app, then they will be able to pay for Printoid PREMIUM to unlock all the features.

  • LITE, for free but with limited features
  • PREMIUM, paid app but full featured

WHAT ABOUT PRO USERS?

In fact, nothing will really change for the current PRO users. You guys will still be able to:

  • Keep the application installed on your phone, of course
  • Enjoy every new releases (still from Google Play, as usual)

The only thing that will change for you is that, if ever you buy a new device, if ever you change your phone, if ever your reset your current device, you won’t be able to download Printoid PRO from Google Play.

But, don’t worry, that’s not really a problem. There are solutions available to you!

Read what you can do →

WHAT ABOUT THE FUTURE?

In the next weeks, I will probably cheapen Printoid PREMIUM on Google Play.

In a distant future, it would be nice to keep one and only one version of Printoid on Google Play: Printoid for OctoPrint (without any tier mention). This version would contain a store with in-app purchases to unlock things feature per feature – I mean, to unlock only the features you really need). This is still under reflection, and I’m not sure at all if this will occur a day. May be, may be not! We will see.

Another idea would be to make Printoid free for everyone. All the features free on Google Play. And why not making Printoid open-source, this way I would be able to continue the development of the app, but with the help of the community.

This last idea is great in my opinion, but this would totally break my revenues. That’s why I would be happy to have a lot of Patreon here, supporting me financially. You can fund the development of the app with only 1, 2 or 5$ per month from my Patreon page!


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