Shipments coming to an end, what’s next?
It’s been a frantic few weeks for the whole Securifi team, as we’ve now shipped about 98% of all the pledges. What’s left is Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan, as well as a handful of ANZ units and some special requests or multiple-unit orders that we deemed a bit too complex to ship directly from the factory. We expect all of these to have shipped over the next two weeks. There’s of course that snafu with some of the European countries as well where we’ll be getting a few units back and re-ship them via EMS and once again, we can’t apologise enough about this. This past month has been tough for the whole team and everyone has put in a lot of extra hours, so please be patient with us if we don’t respond to your emails and questions straight away.
The iOS app has finally been approved by Apple and it’s called Almond by Securifi and you can download it here - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/almond-by-securifi/id908025757 At the moment the iOS app is fairly basic and apart from an option to reboot the Almond+, it doesn’t have any router specific features. We’ll be working on getting up to par in terms of functionality with the Android app, so expect regular updates.
We’ve sent a lot of the EU Almond+’s via EMS and due to the sheer amount of products we’re shipping, the local postal service which handles EMS in Taiwan has been overwhelmed. This has lead to slow updates of the tracking information and delays of getting the packages out of Taiwan by up to a week. We’re sorry about this extra delay, it wasn’t something we expected, but judging by the tracking information, these packages are now slowly starting to make their way towards their intended destinations. If the tracking information hasn’t been updated, please just be patient, your pledge is on its way if we've sent you a tracking email, it's just held up waiting for processing before being shipped.
We’ve shipped, now what?
Just because the Almond+ has shipped doesn’t mean we've reached the end of the line, quite the contrary and we know we have a lot of work ahead of us. We expect to have a new firmware in about two weeks that will address a lot of the reported problems. We’re working with our chipset partners to try and resolve some of the more complex issues, with the software team working on both adding new features, making improvements to current features as well as fixing bugs. If all goes according to plan, the Android app should have sensor notifications in two to three weeks’ time. We’re sadly running a little bit behind schedule on the Automation side of things, so it might not be until early October until that’s ready now. We’d rather not launch something that’ll cause more frustration, as we know this is something many of you are looking forward to.
We also wanted to let you guys know that the Almond+ is already compatible with the GE Wink bulbs, so if you’re looking for some affordable light bulbs that you can control with your Almond+, give them a try. We’re also working on adding more comprehensive sensor support in general to the Almond+, but this is a pretty big task, so if we don’t support a specific sensor that you have, let us know in the forum and we’ll do our best to add it over time.
This month we’ll also open up the SDK to everyone, but please keep in mind that the SDK requires some C++ knowledge if you want to be able to take advantage of it. We will also be posting a few more code examples, something that’s been long overdue and we’re getting the software team to start interacting a bit more in the forums than they have been doing so far.
The Almond+ Team