Snapchat was designed for to keep grownup out! so the complicated UI becomes a factor in keeping only the cool kids in. making it a lot harder for adults to use. That I think was a great UXD.
But yes, design is overrated.
When the cellphones started to get large scale adoption, everyone was trying hard to get good coverage to all areas. There are still areas which are not covered but the general problem of connectivity is solved. But that did not stop mobile manufacturers in any way.
I still don’t get the reasoning behing choosing inhouse over other service. did you guys try to evaluate firebase ?
why ejabberd instead of tigase or openfire? Did you guys evaluate those tools too, would be nice to hear about the trials.
@chrisbrandow if you see i’ve linked it in my article. This is a lot like it as it covers resizing images, but with image quality as focus not speed. NSHipster article focuses on performance.