Now that the Centro review is over, it’s time to ask developers about their Centro-related feelings. Ever-talkative Jan Slodicka from Resco was willing to share his knowledge and feelings with you – tune in for an interesting look at the Centro’s effects on software sales!
Please tell us more about you and your company
Hi Tam, first – thank you for the pleasure of being interviewed by one of the top Palm OS bloggers.
Some of your readers will know my name and even more of them will have some association when hearing the name Resco. Well, it’s primarily a PPC company, but we have created also couple of Palm OS titles that have a broad audience. Resco Explorer, Viewer, Backup and other titles are all leaders in their respective category. Plus there is attractively priced Resco Suite – the all-in-one package. (Old Resco users have interesting discounts).
Have you already handled a Centro yourself? If yes, how do you feel about it. If not, why not!
Unfortunately, I did not. First of all we have a lot of Palm devices in-house and as far the Palm OS modifications are concerned, Centro should behave more or less identically to the latest Treo models. Hence I don’t feel a real need.
Do you feel like the Centro could become a mayor source of income for developers given the target demographics
That’s the main problem – the user demographics. Centro sells wonderfully and acc. to the specs it is a very good PDA. Unfortunately, we do not see corresponding impact on the sales.
To tell the truth, Centro ranks as the device #3 in our sales stats after Palm TX and Treo 755p and more or less on the same level as other newer Treo models – T680 and T700p. But since the Centro is the top-selling Palm handheld…
Acc. to Palm 95% Centro users get a data plan, i.e. they buy the relatively cheap locked version. These users will hardly buy software.
Have you seen users migrating to the Centro from other devices? If yes, which were the most affected? Would you migrate yourself?
I got occasional user reports of such migration. Of course – the old Resco users asking for a new registration. But I can’t judge if there is any trend.
I would migrate – if my old device stopped working. Of course – unless we decided to say farewell to the Palm OS programming.
Do you think that the Centro’s camera is good enough?
I am no big photoshooter. (Despite we created an excellent photo viewer – added by yours truly). I take pictures a few times a year and then my requirements are higher. In other words – nothing for me.
Has Palm done a good job helping developers to get their apps Centro-ready before release?
Was there any such action? And was there any need for it? The OS is the same since years and there are only very few things where you would do something Centro-specific. For example all our titles have just one Centro-dependent thing – reaction to the Home button. (I apologize to Resco News users that the promised patch was not yet released – it is ready and will hit the road soon).
Have you experienced technical issues porting your apps to the Centro? If yes, of what kind have they been?
Partially answered above. But it is basically the same as for other new Treo
models: For example if the Explorer user opens an html file in the Blazer, then the Home button needs to be handled specifically.
One small thing is the run-time device recognition. Palm broke the rules applied to the last Treo models. (I mean companyID and deviceID.) If they went the old way, there would be no need to patch our apps.
Which device do you currently use yourself(and why)?
I am still a Treo 650 user. It fits to my needs and I am a bit lazy to change the device if there is no real need.
Feel like giving us a sneek peak at your upcoming apps which are optimized for Centro?
If you tell me some substantial difference, we could consider it. Maybe the point is that the Centro apps should be designed differently – with stress on UI rather than on the functionality. This isn’t the best message for us as our apps always tried to be the leaders in functionality.
We were thinking of adding for example sweeps to the Viewer, but I would like to first see that Centro really starts selling software.
Anything you’d like to add?
Thanks for running this great blog.