Skinny is an usage app for Skinny Mobile, its a simple and elegant viewport of your usage. I'd never done an app outside of the deviantART niche, but creating this gave me a great new perspective on the world of apps and how simple little tools such as the app could be greatly useful, even just for myelf.
Simple bars and text show your remaining usage for your current week, while the user interface allows these to shine through for fast checking of your usage.
I started building the app on the 25th of March, the first working prototype was built that night with the basic user interface styles created and data being scraped in as needed through the Skinny Mobile website.
Within a few days I had a fully working copy of Skinny running for iOS and began work on an Android port atfer being encouraged by Skinny Mobile to do so.
Skinny was my first Android app and my first experience with Java and the Android system. Suprisingly it didn't come with the learning curve I was expecting and I had a basic copy running in a few days. Considering this includes learning Java and the Android APIs I am quite happy with how long it took.
So far Skinny hasn't quite met my expectations sales wise but as it was originally created purely for myself I'm just happy other people wanted it and are even asking for it to be ported to other carriers including US ones such as AT&T and Verizon.
These ports may happen, either as a single application or as seperate ones. This change would bring me into competition with Consume which I really want to avoid as that app is absolutely gorgeous and would be hard to compete against other than through quick and timely updates to the data location API's.
Along with questions of ports to alternative carriers, I've been asked for an iPad version, this has been planned from the beginning but it has to be done right to fit with the platform. I also need to acquire an iPad 3 to test on the platform effectively.
More features are coming to the app as I can work out the best way to do these. Potentially these include points showing where your usage should be based on the time of the week and graphs of usage (this would require the app to be launched regularly).
The Skinny Mobile team helped a lot with this launch and I'd like to thank them for their support and I'd love to work closer and more integrated with them if they ever wish to.