Back in May we made an announcement cause we wanted to share with you what is upcoming. We just started getting positive feedback from early commercial customer, we showed a demo to some big guys and all them liked what they saw very much. We were, and still are, eager to deliver you our latest developments.
Why still delay? Well, there is a lot of work to do to modify something that is working for a specific customer flexible enough for a general use. And there is number of things you have to do to support public usage itself, like billing, themes, documentation, etc. Our underestimation of these efforts is part of the reason. But the bigger part is that we keep being busy delivering the demands from our commercial clients. For example, this month we again didn’t get to work on public blynk 2.0 cause we were working on native integration with popular voice assistants, improving the search-for-anything-in-one-place system and adding new types of conditions in automation system.
I’m not sure many people understand the importance of us working on these incoming requests from commercial customers.
You may like it or not, but the truth is that the pivotal part of the company income comes from commercial customers. Unfortunately, energy sales cover a fraction of our expenses and would never cover developing big new features, not to talk about refactoring the whole platform.
So, when someone comes to us saying, hey, I’d like to use blynk for my product, but it lacks this feature, we evaluate the efforts, the ability to reuse by others, including your votes and requests, and try to negotiate a win-win deal for that someone to sponsor the development of the feature. Basically, all recent features of Blynk 1.0 (like SuperChart or Reports) were made possible to develop this way.
The public launch of the new platform is inevitable.
Meanwhile, we assure you again that the existing platform is being supported. We make sure that all the widgets that you spent your money on are working, the app is working fine on the new version of operating systems, the server is up and running, etc.