Those of you that have been following our development news will know that we have a lot going on right now. We are currently working on three different major releases simultaneously. We’re working extremely hard to get these finished as soon as possible, but we want to ensure high quality products by not rushing to release. Below is a quick summary of what we’ve been working on for the past few months, what the current status is, and what our roadmap for 2014 looks like.
Unified Remote for Android
The next major version of our Android app will be a significant improvement. Our main focus has been improving and optimizing the user experience. We’ve also put a lot of effort into customization. We’ve completely overhauled the app navigation and improved core functionality such as keyboard & mouse remote control, server management, widgets and quick actions editors.
At the moment we are working on finishing the last few features and getting rid of bugs. We have not announced any release date for the next version of the Android app simply because we do not want to make promises that we can’t keep. The same goes for our other releases.
Our roadmap at the moment is to release a beta within the next 1-2 months. We will then continue with the beta until we feel that the quality and satisfaction is up to our standards. If all goes well, the beta hopefully won’t last very long.
Unified Remote for iOS
Over the past few months we have been making very good progress with Unified Remote for iOS. We are currrently in an early beta phase where a limited group of testers are able to try out the app and give us feedback. There are still a few important features that need to be added, but overall the beta is going well.
Our roadmap at the moment is to continue with the beta until all the core features have been implemented and until the quality and satisfaction is up to our standards. Our goal at the moment is to have a first version ready for public release within 1-2 months.
Unified Remote Server
The next major version of Unified Remote Server is by far the biggest change. We have completely re-written the entire server software and re-implemented all of the remotes. The reason for this is that the current version of the server was developed for Windows only. By re-writing the server we were able to choose a different approach and target a much broader range of platforms including (but not limited to): Windows, Mac OS X, Linux. We are even working on providing servers built specifically for embedded devices such as Raspberry Pi and Arduino.
The other major change in the next version is that we are completely opening up the remote implementations. By embedding a powerful scripting engine we are able to provide a framework for developing remotes that can be used by both us and our users that are interested in creating their own remotes, or modifying our remotes to suit their needs.
At the moment the new server is available as a Developer Preview, intended for those who want to try out the new scripting functionality. We are currently working on finishing up the last core features before we are able to release an alpha or beta version.
Our roadmap at the moment is to release an alpha or a beta within the next 1-2 months. The beta is likely to continue for at least a few months due to the broad range of hardware and software that we want to support. Therefore our goal is release the new server as a parallel release until we feel that we can completely replace the v2 server.
As stated, we have a lot going on right now, and we are still a tiny team! With the work we are doing we hope that we can grow our team during 2014 so that can we provide more features and quicker releases. But, in the meantime, please be patient and if all goes as planned we should have betas of all 3 releases available within 1-2 months. The best way to support us is to purchase the full version of our Android app, or join the beta testing groups. Thanks, and have a great 2014 everyone!