At the end of last year I changed jobs. One of the complications with doing this is obtaining a new Visa so I can legally live and work in the United States. After a holiday back home in Australia while waiting for USCIS to process the paperwork I was finally able to return to the United States at the beginning of February.
Since my return I have been working on the new Android application at Match.com. On Thursday 25th after roughly 2 months of development we launched the beta version to market.
This has been a complete 180 from my previous employment working at Hands-On Mobile. While I worked on some applications my primary focus was on game development. After working on licensed titles such as Guitar Hero, World Poker Tour, Call of Duty, Hulk it is welcome change to work on something "you own".
If we want to add a new feature, we can. If we want to trial something, we can. The turn around is much faster than having to ask a 3rd party for permission before doing something. This allows development ("me") to spend more time working on real features instead of replacing minor elements to keep someone else happy.
Don't get me wrong I loved working on games but after 5 years it is a welcome change to try something new.
The official release of Match.com for Android is coming soon!
Don't worry, we are not releasing this to market and forgetting about it. We will continue to improve the application and add new features. If you have any feedback about the application please get in contact and I will see that your voice is heard.