A thought: would you consider open sourcing it? I'm be more than willing to pay some money towards the cost for you to recoup your initial investment.
If you released it to Github there are a number of developers in this community who together could improve this app as a community for years to come. Thoughts?
plofstof said:HI everyone. I have good news.
Like most of you I have been super frustrated when I realised that the NQLink app is not available anymore. And like many of you I have also been trying to support the developer historically.
After the app disappeared I reached out to the developer and despite some difficult language barriers I was able to determine that Google has banned the developer from the Play Store. I have no idea why, nor am I interested, but presumably he violated some of Google's Ts&Cs. The developer briefly attempted to open a new account but Google detected this and deleted this, too. He sent me the attached screenshot of a mail he received from Google - in the mail Google basically indicated to him that he will never be allowed back into the store.
The subscription options, be it monthly or annually, have also disappeared and so anyone using the app right now will be forced to use the death-by-watching-diamond-collecting-ads that he had built into the app.
In any event, over the past two weeks I negotiated a deal with the developer through which I purchased the source code of the app from him. I know that the OmniPro community is probably waning in size, but to my mind the NQLink app is one of the best apps out there and using native apps like Snaplink is just not an option. Having access to source code is crucial, as future updates to Android my render any current APK incompatible.
I have now obtained the source code and confirmed that the source code I purchased is functional and complete. In the next few days I will be working towards publishing an updated "under new management" version of the app on the Play Store.
My primary purpose here is to allow users like myself and others on this forum to continue using the app. I will keep you posted on new developments in the near future. Now that I have the source code I will be able to make sure the app remains compatible with future releases and Android updates etc.
Please also let me know if there are more appropriate forums where OmniPro II users tend to discuss, so that I can spread awareness more widely.
I only just registered on cocoontech to join this discussion. It will probably take me 7 to 14 days to deal with all of Google's security requirements.
They need to check that I am a real person and they need to run some security checks on the code before it can be made available in the Play Store. All of this takes a bit of time but we'll get there soon enough. I will keep everyone posted here.
How do you know I'm not him? Hehe. That is a question I never anticipated but it is a fair question I guess. Let's see. For one I can speak English and he can't. If you ever mailed him you'll know what I mean. I never knew about the active OmniPro community here on the cocoontech forum, in the past I have been most active on Homeseer forums where the OmniPro plugin is discussed (that forum directed me here, in fact). But other than hosting a zoom session and allowing people to look me in the eyes I don't know how to prove my identity I guess trust must be earned over time.centerscape said:Since you're a newbie, how do we know your not him?
I would never trust his app again!
Just my personal opinion....
plofstof said:How do you know I'm not him? Hehe. That is a question I never anticipated but it is a fair question I guess. Let's see. For one I can speak English and he can't. If you ever mailed him you'll know what I mean. I never knew about the active OmniPro community here on the cocoontech forum, in the past I have been most active on Homeseer forums where the OmniPro plugin is discussed (that forum directed me here, in fact). But other than hosting a zoom session and allowing people to look me in the eyes I don't know how to prove my identity I guess trust must be earned over time. I also fell victim to the same bait-and-switch. Actually, I have been subscribing on an annual basis and then more recently he cancelled my annual subscription mid-term in what appeared to be an attempt to push up the price. Which would have resulted in me losing six months' worth of upfront-paid subscription time. Talk about greedy, he could not even wait until the next subscription renewal date. That may be why he was banned. But I can only speculate. Like all of you I have become reliant on the app, which is excellent, and like all of you I became super frustrated with the behaviour of the developer, which is dodgy and inexcusable. And so I decided to try and do something about it. I took considerable risk when I transferred the cash to purchase the source code, but fortunately he did honor the transaction and I have managed to get the code to compile. (That was a big "phew" moment...!) My offer to go open source remains, as per my previous post. I am not doing this for the money. I'm doing this for the functionality of my own home and that of the community. I love the OP2 system, really sad that it has been discontinued by Leviton, but hoping to get the most out of it in cooperation with the community who is in the same boat. Sent from my SM-G998B using Tapatalk