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Snooth's iPhone Application

Posted by solomania9, May 1, 2009.

Just a few months after launching our iPhone-optimized website, we're proud to announce the completion of our first native iPhone application. Here's an example of using the app to find a mid-priced bottle of Pinot Noir near your location.



Like the iPhone website, the application is powered completely by the robust and growing Snooth API - which essentially gives developers unfettered access to the world's largest repository of wine data. When combined with other powerful APIs (such as Twitter and Facebook) this is an opportune moment for developers to create a wildly popular (and potentially profitable) wine application. That is, if you can beat us to the punch...

The iPhone application is pending approval from Apple, but stay tuned for updates. Developers can follow Snooth Dev on Twitter.

Cheers!
Mike

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Reply by gabandstephen, May 1, 2009.

Looks great. Can one view one's wines or add a new bottle - using the iPhone camera? - to one's account?

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Reply by oceank8, May 1, 2009.

Looks good, I use it all the time. I'm going to be a broken record and add that I still want to see "My Wines" in the application :) Thanks for all the hard work everyone puts in!

Blog comment by Andrew plan, May 2, 2009.

Excellent iphone features. Actually I just buy my very first iphone and its so amazing. I like the design and color. Thank you for designing such a wonderful iphone. Interesting blog. Thanks for sharing.

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Reply by Philip James, May 2, 2009.

gabandstephen - The ability to view your wines partially exists - you can pull up your wishlist of bottles you'd like to buy, but not the bottles you already own at the moment. However, thats a commonly requested feature, so we'll look into adding it.

Camera support is something we're talking to a few people about - if we do it, i want to make sure we do it well, so we're looking to outside image recognition experts.

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Reply by Philip James, May 2, 2009.

Ocean - we hear you. After these changes it will be easier to add myWines support into it - just keep hassling us and it'll get on the list.

What we've been spending a lot of time on, and you'll see soon relates to food and wine pairings - if you cook, you'll love it...

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Reply by quickdex, May 6, 2009.

Wow, I didn't know there was an iPhone application, I'm gonna go snag it now!

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Reply by Philip James, May 7, 2009.

Quickdex - the app's ready, but we're still waiting for apple to approve it (1 month so far!) - in the meantime you can go to iphone.snooth.com and use the iphone optimized website.

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Reply by RobUncorked, May 7, 2009.

That would look great on a BlackBerry (which incidentally still outsells the iPhone).

http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/...

So I'm not quite sure why everyone releases iPhone applications first, when more people actually own a BB.

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Reply by oceank8, May 7, 2009.

Although it may not be an "official App," it works just like one. When you visit the site you can add an icon to your iphone screen. I don't think I even realized it wasn't out yet!

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Reply by Hexley, Oct 20, 2009.

Let me start out by saying that the Snooth iPhone app is well coded, well designed, and I appreciate the hard work that was undoubtedly put into creating it. Now, there are a few things I'd like to see in future versions:
1. Ability to view and add wines to "My Wines" (I can't do this at all currently, because the iPhone version of the site doesn't allow this either, and there is no way to switch to the full version, that I know of.)
2. Synchronization of Wishlisted wines (currently the app only shows wines wishlisted in the app, and not the full site, unless it's just me?)
3. Access to the forum (Probably not happening, but hey, while I'm here...)

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Reply by Hexley, Oct 20, 2009.

I retract the part of #1 that says there is no way to switch to the full version of the site from the iPhone version...I found it.

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Reply by mbugbee, Oct 21, 2009.

My sentiments are similar to Rob's: I own a Google phone, which is also has it's version of apps coming out after the iphone.

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Reply by Hexley, Oct 21, 2009.

It could be because the iPhone developer tools make it easier to create apps for the iPhone than other mobile platforms. I could probably code an iPhone app if I had the time. A BB app? Wouldn't know where to start. This is my theory, anyway.

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Reply by mbugbee, Oct 21, 2009.

Huh... I thought that the G-phone platform, Android, was supposed to be more developer-friendly than that of the iPhone. Maybe that's just what the Tmobile sales guy told me to try and get me to buy the phone.

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 22, 2009.

Wonder if the Tmobile sales person has ever coded anything himself... ;-)

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Oct 22, 2009.

One of the most difficult parts of mobile development is switching platforms once you've invested heavily in one. I don't have much experience with mobile development other than our iPhone app, but I've reviewed the different platforms as an interested party.

The iPhone platform is probably the least comfortable for the most people. The programming language is Objective C. Only developers of Apple products are likely to be familiar with the language. Otherwise, it does not enjoy wide use.

The Android platform is the most comfortable for the standard Linux hacker. The coding language is Java, which is widely used and highly portable. Android phones are also built on the Linux kernel.

Blackberry apps are also coded in Java, but the underlying Operating System is not as familiar to developers as Linux is.

All of the platforms will take a bit of learning to understand how to interact with the phone and advanced features like touch screens. The difficulty would probably go something like iPhone >= Blackberry > Android.

Why is the iPhone the most popular platform if it's the hardest to adapt to? Simple: It's well promoted, well used, well liked and well hyped. Developers are incentivized to overcome the learning curve to move to the platform.

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Reply by Philip James, Oct 22, 2009.

Hexley - re your issue #2, we're not able to produce the same error here. Silly question, but you're using the same account information for the iphone and the website? Can you send me a private message with more info and we'll continue to troubleshoot.

Thanks

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Reply by tturchin, Apr 24, 2010.

Please, please, PLEASE add access to the "my wines" feature--or break it out into ratings, cellar, and wish list.  I really miss being able to see my ratings easily on the phone.

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Apr 26, 2010.

Hey tturchin, thanks for putting this on the radar again. We definitely know this is a need, and we hope to meet it soon.


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