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What Happened To Lexi?

Over the last couple months, the single biggest question I’ve received in my support inbox has been:

“What happened to Lexi?”

As these folks noticed, I removed Lexi from the App Store at the end of August. I’ve been intentionally quite about it both online and offline, as I’ve needed some time away. In short, some issues related to the app’s name and branding put me in a position where the simplest course of action was the remove the app from the store and take down the website.

Lexi was an incredible milestone in my career as a software developer. It was my first big indie app, gaining the attention of TNW, Engadget, The Verge, and many others. It appeared in Mary Meeker’s 2016 Internet Trends report and is used by quite a few people on the Alexa team at Amazon. Its removal didn’t go unnoticed, which is incredibly humbling.

So What’s Next?

Lexi will continue to work as-is for the foreseeable future. It uses the v1 Alexa endpoints, which Amazon may choose to disable at some point in time. That means if you’re using the app, you’ll be able to continue to do so until Amazon disables the old APIs. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to update the app when that happens. Since I’ve received no support requests related to bugs or problems with the app for months, I believe users are content with things as they are in the final release.

However, I’m not content. Back in August, I had a deep backlog of features and enhancements I wanted to build, and that list has only grown in the months since. Alexa is an incredibly exciting platform, and I’m pumped to be building for it again.

Favd

Favd IconFavd is a new iPhone app by the fine folks at YourHead Software. I’ve been beta testing the app since WWDC, and it’s great. 1

In a lot of ways, Favd is very similar to Instagram. Its prominent function is to capture photos and share them with your friends. It allows quick and easy application of filters, including live previews, and can broadcast to Twitter, Facebook, and of course App.net (ADN). Favd includes a beautiful timeline view for browsing your friends’ photos with gorgeous previews.

Where Favd draws one major distinction is the backend network that powers the app: ADN. The app blazes a trail that developer Isaiah Carew has been advocating, as have many others. The real power of ADN is that we are able to build applications like Twitter, Instagram, and even Facebook, on a set of APIs that keep the user in control of their data. The service continues to build out new features, and has shown a commitment to working with the community to make building great apps possible.

Be sure to check out Favd. It’s a free app, with some great premium filters that support its developer.

  1. I’ve been without the app since I got my iPhone 5s, so I’m really glad to have it back, and to be able to support Isaiah.