Thanks for voicing your thoughts. We realize that the core Steroids/Supersonic experience has not received much love in the past months, and we apologize for that. It’s been a matter of focus, and we’ve been super busy working to get all the pieces together for a big announcement. It will provide a way forward regarding many of the problems mentioned. There’s been a few delays, but I’m hopeful we’ll have something to share soon.
We will be opening up the rationale for focusing on internal enterprise apps – it’s a huge topic to cover, but to give a short answer, the @Daniel3’s point about business apps “being easy to build” and companies having “a lot of money to pay for them” is just not true.
Business-critical apps have a LOT of moving parts: security on all levels, users and ACL, data connectors, backend logic, automation… In addition, enterprises globally are struggling to meet growing mobile app backlogs – Gartner estimates that in a few years, demand for internal business apps will be 5x greater than the ability to deliver. And that is even with enterprises having growing internal dev teams and increasing their expenditure on outsourced mobile app projects.
At the same time, the app store consumer app space is more competitive than ever, and there’s a lot of focus on flashy UI/UX – something 100% native code has always done better than hybrid apps. We believe there’s huge untapped opportunity in business apps, and we want to help you guys benefit from that.
It’s clear that new, even faster tools are needed to help enterprises deliver, and that’s why we believe in Composer. Thought it might seem like we’re building a dumbed-down visual tool that will never make apps as great as you can code with Steroids/Supersonic, that’s not true – there’s a lot going on under the hood and upcoming in the pipeline. We are still very much focused on developers as the core audience, and extendability through code is one of the key differentiators of Composer compared to other visual builders. There’s exciting stuff coming up.
I’m sorry to be repeating the same mantra of “we’ll soon tell more”, but I hope you’ll stick around to hear what we’ll be next bringing to the community. I can’t give a date for the announcement yet, but it should be soon enough.