Electron is a battery managing app for Android developed by Maher Safadi. In today’s interview, Maher joins us to talk about his product and the ecosystem of apps he’s created. He also tells us why he chose Localazy for his localization efforts.
📱 Introduction 🔗
Hi Maher, and thank you for your time. What can you tell us about Electron?
Electron helps users track their battery information on Android phones. There's a lack of battery data on this OS, so the app collects all the info you need to take care of its health. 🔋🏥
What makes Electron different from other battery managing apps is that it’s very easy to understand. Any user can comprehend if the status of their battery is good or bad by looking at a few simple values. 📊 I also created a very eye-catching UI that stands out from the others.
So anyone can use it, even if they’re not tech-savvy?
Yes! The app is suitable for any person, whether he is a tech enthusiast that understands every single bit of info or not. Every value in the app has a description that anyone can understand. I worked on a simple UI to avoid confusing normal users who don't know what certain stuff means.
If you want to get details about the battery’s status, it’s as simple as downloading it from the Play Store for free. 📲 There’s also a paid option to remove ads. Once you open it, you’ll see that the UI is really user-friendly. All the features are well described.
For instance, there is one that detects the current capacity of the battery. It’s represented in a nice gauge that anyone can understand.
You can also use a feature to detect if the charger is slow or fast 🔌 and if it’s faulty or not (so if someone’s using a bad charger, the app will tell them so they can get it replaced).
Other features included are:
- Battery temperature
- Charging status
- Current mAh level
- Average current
Do you have any tips to take better care of our batteries?
Sure! To keep your smartphone’s battery as healthy as possible, I recommend two things:
- Not using the phone at high temperatures 🔥
- Keeping the charge range between 20% - 80% 🔋
☝️ You have to keep in mind that battery heat is an error that causes the battery to drain faster. The age of the battery also affects drainage, so make sure to keep track of that. 🔦 If the battery is older it drains faster, so sometimes it’s better to get a replacement.
🔁 A whole app ecosystem 🔗
How was your journey creating Electron?
I launched the app as I was practicing the Flutter framework. I was making simple apps and this one blew up. I didn't think it would though! 🤯 What I had in mind was to practice by making a few small apps and then create larger ones to profit from, but luckily, I found success earlier.
My vision is to create an ecosystem of apps and keep working as an individual while making a profit from them. For now, I’m very proud to say that the funding for my projects is coming from the revenue 💸 I’m making from the different apps.
Can you tell us a little about the other apps you’ve developed?
Currently, there are four additional apps in the ecosystem:
- 🔍 Spectra, an app that gives you the device’s info.
- 🔗 Linker, which saves and organizes URLs. Right now I’m working on adding a URL shortener feature to it.
- 🔢 Numix, a number-based converter, and calculator.
- 🙏 Salati, an app for Muslims which gives the prayer times for each day.
All of my apps use the same design language. What sets them apart from others is the ease of use and the stunning user interfaces I create. I get a lot of reviews saying that my UIs are amazing. Users love them, and that's a very important factor to make an app successful.
Do you have any other projects for the near future?
I’m currently working on a weather app ⛅ with the same design as my other products. It will have 3D weather icons that look neat. It’s almost ready: it just needs some finishing touches.
📇 Business talk 🔗
Let’s talk about business. What's your current runway, and what are your future funding plans?
I'm currently working on improving the app. In the future, I might use the additional revenue to advertise it. Who knows!
What is the main driver that motivates you to keep taking on your business ventures? Did your motives change over the years?
The thing that motivates me is that nothing is impossible. ✌️ If you want something to happen and put the effort into it, it will surely happen. Just be patient.
Do you think the drive for entrepreneurship is something people are either born with or not, or is it something that can be taught?
I think it depends on the person. There are some people who are born with it, but you can definitely learn it. 📚 In my case, I’d say that I was always interested in developing projects since I was a kid. I had a lot going on in my mind back then. The tech world fascinated me since I was about 5 or 6: I used to always tinker around with any electronic device 🕹️ I had, and when I was 12 I started learning to program (C++).
By the time I reached university, I already had apps that had succeeded. It all happened because I had a very clear mindset.
After getting along with the field, I fell in love with the idea of developing apps. By the time I reached university, I already had apps that had succeeded. It all happened because I had a very clear mindset. It may sound simple but it’s not: there were tons of challenges. At a certain point I almost gave up, but I, fortunately, got back on track and continued with my goal.
Any tips for young developers who want to launch tech-based apps like Electron?
My only tip is that you should be the highest priority in your life. 🧘♂️🥇 Just focus on what you’re doing, keep walking towards your goal, and remember that nobody is worthy of your attention unless they’re real. If you forget about yourself, you will get lost and waste your time.
Would you like to highlight some services or products you really like to use on your own?
I especially like these:
🌐 Why Localazy? 🔗
What is your motivation for localization and why did you choose us?
I think localization is crucial. The internet is available globally, which obviously means that different language-speaking users will use your products. I chose Localazy because of how well put it is. It has a great community and it's easy to get started with it.
Regarding markets, I'm currently prioritizing Spain, Vietnam, and India because of the large user base in those countries. Not all users in those markets are fluent in English, so I think it’s important to support their language in my apps.
What do you like the most about Localazy?
Most importantly, it’s very easy to use. The idea that anyone can help translate other people’s apps is brilliant. Besides, there’s a wide support of different platforms.
Maher, thank you very much for your time. Best of luck to you! 🍀
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