Twisted Peel for iPhone was released this month to coincide with the unofficial 3rd anniversary of Twisted Peel and the official release of the 250th Twisted Peel cartoon strip (entitled Man Flu Revisited) which was covered by the popular web comic forums Comix Talk, Top Web Comics, and The Web Comic List.
This week, Scrapings of Peel interviews the brains behind Twisted Peel for iPhone, Romain Criton, from iPhone development house Mobiware.
Mobiware was founded in 2010 by Romain Criton, a Telecoms engineer with 10 years of experience in software development, project management and team management, in particular on mobile devices. Mobiware specialise in software development outsourcing and consulting on mobile platforms: iPhone and Android, of course, but also Blackberry, Symbian, Bada, Windows Phone or J2ME. Mobiware also develop mobile-optimised websites adapted to mobile devices, from high-end smartphones, like the iPhone, to mass-market dumbphones.
I originally contacted Romain back in January 2010 after I saw the iLbert app by Mobiware Casa (a Dilbert comic reader, no longer on the App Store but still available in the Android Market) and realised the potential for releasing Twisted Peel for iPhone using a similar format. Romain and I corresponded back and forth while I was travelling with my wife Amy in Thailand at the start of this year and, within a couple of months of my return to the UK, we signed a development contract for Romain to start work in the summer. Following several rounds of testing and enhancements, Twisted Peel for iPhone was released on Saturday, 16th October 2010 and has so far seen very healthy download figures from almost every corner of the globe and received very positive feedback.
Twisted Peel for iPhone is currently one of only 58 apps competing in the webcomics category in the iTunes Store (compared to the 20,000+ webcomics competing across the Internet), and is now sitting side by side with the big names in the webcomic market such as XKCD and Cyanide & Happiness. If you are an “Apple fiend”, then get yourself over to the iPhone app store and download a copy of Twisted Peel for iPhone. It’s FREE, and it’s AWESOME. You can trust me, I’m not biased.
Romain commented, “It was a pleasure to work with Peter and help him bring his hilarious Twisted Peel comics to the iPhone. An iPhone app was the ideal way to let his readers enjoy Peel’s adventures on the move…” Ah, you’re too kind, Romain, too kind… but I couldn’t agree more!
I asked Romain for some final thoughts about the current state of play with the mobile application market and the Mobiware philosophy. “It is very important for us to be “platform-agnostic” and cover all the major mobile platforms because that’s the best way for us to help our clients reach their targeted population. Put another way, we are advocating peace and harmony in the middle of the raging “mobile platforms war” (or should we say “wars” since there’s a “web vs. apps” war, an “Apple vs. Google” war, a “Google vs. Microsoft” war, etc.).”