Well, that was probably unexpected. However, after some careful consideration, I have now made LifeBord free. Before I begin, I would like to say that I am only making LifeBoard free. Violoncello will continue to offer a paid, premium version for the foreseeable future.
With that out of the way, I feel that I should explain why I made LifeBoard free. For those of you who are not aware, LifeBoard had an upfront cost of $0.99. There was no lite version or any other way to test the app before buying it. This presented a problem.
Today, most people want to use an Android app before they pay money for it, especially when the app comes from a small publisher like myself. This started to become increasingly clear as time went on, and I knew I was going to have to switch strategies for my next app.
As a result, Violoncello Premium was born. For just $0.99, you could get a few nice extras while supporting the app’s development. Best of all, since this upgrade was in the form of an in-app purchase, people could use Violoncello without it and still have a fine experience. This strategy has proven to be much more successful than the last, so I’m likely going to continue using it for future Android apps.
As for LifeBoard, I fully intend to continue development for it. Obviously, charging upfront for it failed. However, this whole experience has helped me learn what works best for me when it comes to paid apps.
I feel that the future of LifeBoard is brighter than ever. By making it free, more people will be able to use it, which is what ultimately led me to making this decision. Anyway, I look forward to seeing what comes next, and in the mean time, you can download LifeBoard for free on the Play Store!