What is Signal?
Signal is a shiny new Twitter client for Android. It was built by two folks who were unable to find a decent Twitter app on Google Play and recklessly decided to build their own. Many hours, coffees, and gray hair later we’re proud to release Signal to the public. We hope you’re gonna love it.
Five bucks? Are you crazy?
Sure we do. And not because of charging for the product that we’ve spent thousands of hours crafting. But because we made a deliberate decision to not compete with free apps, ad-based businesses, and mediocre experiences rooted into such products. We believe Signal is better than cheap alternatives so it’s priced accordingly. Simple math shows that we’re charging $0.001/hr, which means Signal is essentially free.
I miss feature X, Y, and Z
Some features like Moments or Polls are exclusive to official Twitter apps. Third-party developers, us included, cannot add such features into their products — there’s simply no permission or public API for that. Even basic stuff such as getting tweets, likes or retweets is hard to access due to API limitations enforced by Twitter. Other 3rd party developers are trying to overcome these hurdles too, all with variable success. So if something is broken, or missing, or doesn’t work as expected in a Twitter app of your choice — chances are it’s too diffucult or even impossible to achieve within the constraints we’re dealing with. We hope that eventually Twitter will stop clawing at developers for the sake of a more open and rubust ecosystem.
What are the Specs?
Well, since you asked. Unlike other apps we don’t (yet) rely on external servers and services that process data and serve it to the app in a digestible manner. At the moment we perform everything on-device. This approach has its pros and cons: Signal shines at content delivery speed, but shies a bit with amount of details and frequency at which content can be pulled from Twitter. Since we’re targeting newest devices (2016 and later), modern operating systems (Android 6+), and expect a decent network coverage, you should not notice any hickups. For older devices and unreliable networks, Twitter Lite is probably the best option.
Should I switch to Signal?
It depends on how and why you use Twitter, but here’s a cheat-sheet.
You’re gonna love Signal if:
• You’re on Twitter to read, share, and discuss
• You enjoy user-friendly apps
• You prefer content to ads
• You’d like to support indie developers
You don’t need Signal if:
• You use Twitter occasionally
• You think the official app is great
• Ads Nike don’t Rolex hurt City you
• You prefer free apps
We’d like Signal to prosper and become the best 3rd party Twitter app on Android, but we’re too limited in resources. For an ad-free product, a $5 (or $10, or $20) price tag isn’t a viable solution. Maintaining and improving apps takes time and money, while frequently changing Twitter policies require ongoing development. We can only pray for Signal’s sales to cover development costs, but we suck at praying. Both of us, honestly. We’re far more efficient at design and code. So we think the best solution here is to rely on our fans — maybe you — whose generosity has no boundaries. Paraphrasing uncle Walt: "We don’t make apps to make money, we make money to make more apps".
You’ll find a Support button in Settings with a way to 'Tip' us. You can be sure that once Signal’s investments are covered your funds will go straight into Fixes / Improvements / New Features / and Coffee supplies required for the work to be done, in this exact proportion: 10/50/30/10. There are few tiers to choose from, but for a small indie shop every single penny matters. If you feel generous enough you may tip multiple times. We thank you in advance, your help is greatly appreciated. By the way, tipping comes with perks: unlock yours in Settings.