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  Reply # 1767563 19-Apr-2017 20:39
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I think you are missing the point..... there was already a met service app that was previously sold without ads or I think you could get the free version with ads (I think). People just want the same options that have been previously offered by the met service. I paid for the previous app and I could have an expectation that this is just an upgrade but I am happy to pay again if needs be, or even pay a yearly sub, but I no longer can.




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  Reply # 1767582 19-Apr-2017 21:23
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dafman:

 

 

 

Does Google offer option this for app developers?

 

 

It's called "in-app purchases"


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1767706 20-Apr-2017 09:05
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Thanks for your comments guys - just wanted you to know that we're listening! We've had a lot of feedback on both sides of the ads/no ads debate, so it'll be interesting to see how that pans out. Re moving and/or selecting/de-selecting various modules within the app, the plan is to release regular updates so over time you might well see changes to what's available within this functionality. I'll pass on the feedback about being able to de-select cams and videos modules too.

 

 

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  Reply # 1767976 20-Apr-2017 16:12
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My phone auto updated overnight so I lost the ad free previous version I was happy with.

Could there also be a 4x1 widget like previous version as the 4x2 takes up too much space.

Missing the localised weather backgrounds too. IE here in Dunedin there was one with Larnacks castle.

+1 for turning off camera feeds.

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  Reply # 1768000 20-Apr-2017 16:34
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I'm actually also on the side of "I paid for the previous ad-free version and have a reasonable expectation that an update should continue that option". Perfectly happy to pay to have an ad-free latest version, but please don't impose ads on me, when I previously paid for a version without.

 

As far as the interface and options go - radically different to previously, but I'm warming to it. It's just different.

 

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  Reply # 1768097 20-Apr-2017 19:47
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Who blanket overwrites a (paid) ad-free app with an ad supported version.

Release a new ad supported version, fine. Grandfather the old, sure. But don't force a swap from one to the other. 

 

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  Reply # 1768099 20-Apr-2017 19:54
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muppet: Who blanket overwrites a (paid) ad-free app with an ad supported version.

Release a new ad supported version, fine. Grandfather the old, sure. But don't force a swap from one to the other.

 

[Mod edit (MF): removed unnecessary words]

 

 

Flightradar24 narrowly avoided this case. Thankfully they grandfathered the paid app, leaving it in store - it'll keep working (for now) ad free, but updated the previously limited free version to include additional features the others now lack, added ads and include subscription login to unlock further.


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  Reply # 1768281 21-Apr-2017 09:13
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Hi guys - a note on the idea of continuing the paid app while also running the ad-supported free app ... this wouldn't be a great business decision, given the additional infrastructure and maintenance requirements that would entail.

 

Re introducing an in-app paid option to remove ads - something we have not yet discounted, but it's early days so let's see how things go.

 

Re having paid for an app with no ads and now getting ads - if you downloaded recently, we have a refund option available: http://blog.metservice.com/New-MetService-App-FAQs - and if you paid for the app years ago, we'd like to think you got value for your sub-$3 purchase over that time.

 

 

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  Reply # 1768313 21-Apr-2017 09:51
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I agree about the widget 4x1 is needed. I have a nexus 6 but even with the bigger screen 4x2 just takes up too much room.

 

I quite like the app but as I have to take so many things off the front screen for now I will revert to yr.nor app.

 

Will keep an eye on development.

 

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Could there also be a 4x1 widget like previous version as the 4x2 takes up too much space.





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  Reply # 1768348 21-Apr-2017 10:17
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Hi,

 

I see the ratings tumbling on playstore for the new metservice app, lots of 1 star ratings coming in.
People questioning whether it is the right thing to do for a company especially state owned to charge users for an app ad free then turnaround later and force a new app onto them with adverts.
I am not a fan of the new version, the adverts + the layout.  Old version was clean and fast.

 

I don't suppose anyone has .APK of the old version?

 

Cheers

 

 


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  Reply # 1768352 21-Apr-2017 10:23
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So the official line sounds a bit like you've got our money, we no longer have the ad free app, but we best be grateful for the value we once benefited from but no longer do? Doesn't sound like feedback is really being taken onboard to me.

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  Reply # 1768354 21-Apr-2017 10:24
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It was a under-$3 purchase. I did mine years ago so that paid for itself many times over. People complaining about the $3 then turning around and buying their overpriced flat-whites are being hypocrites.

 

I think I paid, ads free version should be available. I rather pay for something with the option of not seeing ads.





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  Reply # 1768357 21-Apr-2017 10:37
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I'd pay again for an Ad free version.     


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  Reply # 1768374 21-Apr-2017 11:01
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I'm quite prepared to pay again for an ad free new version as the new version has extra functionality.

But I am annoyed that the new ad only version has overwritten the previous version add free version and I wasn't given the option of keeping the previous version.

I think you should be cautious about rolling out statements about business cases meaning you cant offer ad free versions as many of us already pay other companys authors money for ad free versions.

By all means raise the price to make the business case but reviews are suggesting , a number of people are annoyed.

If you are not actually going offer as free options just say so as I imagine the business case knows how much you need to charge if you chose to..

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  Reply # 1768380 21-Apr-2017 11:07
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I was keeping an open mind until trying it out and must say that, while the interface is slicker, in many ways I'd still prefer to keep the old app (and agree it would have been preferable if they'd released this as a totally new app, not an update to an existing one).

 

Most annoying thing - it seems SO much slower to load information when first opening the app; I also do dislike the requirement to sometimes have to close down a full-screen ad upon opening the app, as opposed to seeing the information.

 

I also preferred the functionality of the old app to flick right for the next days' weather, as opposed to different locations' weather (and also miss the background images). I do, however, like the inclusion of sun and moon info; that's one less app I'll need on my phone.

 

Like many here, I'd be happy to fork out a few bucks for an ad-free version, as I did for the original app, even if it required an annual sub... Particularly as the ads are more in-your-face than I'd hoped.


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