The first version of Nihongo no Kana has been released on the App Store on the 15th of May 2012. In that time, iOS was still in version 5 and since then many things have changed. It is time to look back and set what we will be the future of the app.
As we recently stated, Nihongo no Kana has been downloaded more than 10,000 times since its release and many people in more than 50 countries use it daily to learn the basis of japanese language. For us, it is true success!
Concerning the habits of our faithful users, more than 60% of you are using an iPhone and the rest an iPad. Only about 3.5% own an iPod Touch.
iOS is globally up to date for most users of Nihongo no Kana: less than 8% still use iOS 5 or earlier version. We wanted to keep backward compatibility with old versions of the system as long as possible down to iOS 4.3. However, with the upcoming release of iOS 7, we have to make a step forward. Nihongo no Kana 1.2, currently available, will be the last version to be compatible with iOS 5.1.1 and earlier versions. Future updates of the application will required iOS 6*.
* iOS 6 is available for the iPhone 3GS, the iPad 2 and later.
The new version of the application will include several important modifications and long-time requested new features.
Among the many new features that iOS 7 will offer, the system user interface has been entirely redesigned and does not look at all to what it is today. Many applications will look out of date after having updated the system and we think this will be the case for Nihongo no Kana.
The graphic design of our user interface has been reviewed since the beginning. The release of iOS 7 is a good time to modernize it. We will present several sneak peeks of the new visual aspect of the application in the coming weeks.
Many of you have requested this feature and it is finally here. Nihongo no Kana 2 will include a writting mode which will allow you to learn tracing the signes in the right order and the right shape. For several months, we have worked to make this mode possible and we hope it will fulfill your expectations.