My ideas of what the mobile app should entail:
1.) A timer, of course, with options to expand to moon, day, ship/ferry/airship (assuming these all return)
2.) A way the user can input their company name (I assume SE will have something like the "beta LS community page) and you can pull latest topics and threads of each company you belong to and have the latest topics shown
3.) A way to see "who else is online" not necessarily on your server, but in your company as well (if the "SE Company Page" supports that...or at the very least who's else has the app and is using it)
4.) PING! Send a message to a user and have it notify their phone ("Hey, I desperately need my armor repaired, can you log on?" or "Reminder.. Event starts in 15 minutes!" or "NM up!! I know you need the item? Can you log on!!"
5.) A search bar for within FFXIV's wiki
6.) Updates from SE
7.) Avatar, hopefully just take a screenie of your character so its visible
8.) FFXIV"Retainer".com or whatever that will become, a quick link to see whats selling,.. whats not... and a mobile friendly version to update your wares, assuming SE is going to make a regular page for that.
9.)Auto Alert of Server Down/UP
10) Integrate Company Calendar to the mobile phone calendar and have all events renamed to Dog sitting for my neighbor, so you appear to have a legitimate excuse for not leaving the house.. ever!!
Some good ideas there! #1 I've already done a clock for android (see signature), so that's easy! Once the game launches (or hopefully once the information is available in the beta, but I don't want to assume) it'll be easy to add airships and that sort of thing.
I think #5, 6, & 9 would be very feasible even without input on Square's part (and pretty useful). 8 would be great if/when someone decides to do a FFXIAH type site. The rest would probably require Square to provide some data themselves, which while I hope they do that, I doubt it.
#3 & 4... just use google talk or other RL messengers (or, more realistically something like Meebo because everyone uses different ones).
I really hope Square comes out with something like that where you can get an API key from them and get a bunch of data from the game. But for some reason I doubt they will actually do it. All you beta testers should go suggest that. You'd be doing the whole FFXIV community a favor. Do it now!
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