Before you guys will head into Christmas holidays I wanted to ask whether we can expect any Chinese beta still this year? As I assume you will (understandably) not be available till the end of this year I can probably answer the question by my own, but still I want to leave some room for hope.
Regardless, is there a more specific time frame which you could share with us? I appreciate your efforts and I am really well aware that you are constantly getting “much closer” to work on the Chinese app, however this is still a rather fuzzy description for us. 3 weeks ago, Jake told us the wait should be rather be considered in days or weeks rather than months. In addition, I can really well remember the conversations here back in summer, when you were also emphasising that the new Chinese beta “should come soon”. However, months have passed since then (I know about the Japanese app problems).
By the end of January/beginning of February I will have my Chinese exams at university, that is why I need to use Skritter very extensively by the mid of next month. Reasonably, I am more and more getting nervous about the current situation. I rely on the app, as the mobile web version is not an adequate alternative to me. But unfortunately the current betas are still full of bugs etc. (just look the above mentioned problems).
So in summary, the situation has been a mess for almost half a year now and we still do not know when we can expect the next (reliable) beta. At the beginning I was fairly relaxed about the situation, but as my exams are getting closer, I am getting more concerned. The only thing I understood is that you will work intensively on the Chinese app, once the Japanese version is done. The “full, complete” Japanese version (which @Murkt was asking for) has not been released yet and I do not expect that to happen this year. But the question still remains: even if you release the final Japanese app in the first week of January, how long would it approximately take to get an equivalent Chinese version? Is January still realistic? Should we expect it in February or even later? A rough estimation would be really helpful here. For sure I know it is always difficult to predict things, but this way we can at least prepare ourselves and think about more reliable alternatives to circumvent the situation.
Once again, please do not regard this as blaming or hating or anything in that sense. These are just my honest feelings about the whole process and my only wish is a bit more transparency paired with concrete statements. Nevertheless, I am still believing in this whole concept and I will maintain my loyalty. I am not intending to threat with a possible cancellation of my subscription or anything that way. Quite contrary, I just renewed my subscription a week ago. So do not worry about that.
My post got way longer than I actually was intending, but that’s what happens if you really care about something.
I am looking forward to your comments, may it be today or next year!
Thank you and enjoy your holidays!