Android Client Caught Up!

Hello Guardians,

Two weeks ago; I promised to bring the new features of iOS version to the dear Android users as soon as possible. Well, here you go.

Let’s first remember what the new additions to the app were:

  • Enriched Notifications: You will now receive notifications when the Guardian Wishlist voting is open for you. No more forgetting to vote for your favourite exotic item.
  • In-app Purchases to Remove Ads: You are now presented the option to upgrade to premium in case you want to use the app ad-free. Please note that this is completely optional. You can still use Where is Xur? FREE of charge; the way you are used to.
  • Stability Improvement for Android 6.x (Marshmallow): A small fraction of our friends on the latest and coolest version of Android had some problems launching the app on their brand new phones. Now these problems have mostly disappeared.

What now?

Well, as I always do after major updates; I will be analysing the data coming from both iOS and Android clients for a while to see if things are going OK or not. (They look great for now!)

After that; I will be focusing on some new additions to the app -without disturbing the simplicity of the app, of course. The replies to the post I created on reddit clearly stated that everyone was satisfied with the current situation of the app and I do not intent to change that.

See you on the next update.

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Guardian Wishlist Statistics and the Gjallarhorn Issue

Hello Guardians,

Since its introduction in March 24; the Guardian Wishlist feature of the Where is Xur? app has been welcomed by you dear Guardians.

Though the voting itself does not have an effect on what Xur actually brings the next week; it is a fun way to keep track of what you want Xur Almighty to bring and see what the majority expects and wishes him to bring.

Today I will share some statistics of the wishlist votes. This is purely for entertainment purposes and for people like me who like to play around with numbers.

But first let’s talk about the “Gjallarhorn Issue” and my suggestion to solve this problem.

The Gjallarhorn Issue

Everybody loves Gjallarhorn. Everybody wants a Gjallarhorn. It is simply the best gun in the game. It reduces the most challenging encounters into a child’s play.

It is also infamous for evading people for months. That naturally makes it also the most wanted weapon in Guardian Wishlist.

The problem is that; since the day Guardian Wishlist has been available; it has been the #1 weapon. This has not changed even once with its amazing percentage of 24-25% stable every week. However, this also makes it boring and unfair for all those other people who voted for other guns. They are never able to see how many votes other guns are getting.

So what is the solution? The solution is simple: we kill the Batman.

Nope; that’s not the solution. The solution is to make the items with the most items clickable so that it will take us to another page where we will be able to see the top 5 items of that category. Gjallarhorn may sit on the top for how long it pleases; but we will be able to see how good are the other guns performing, too. This is the first thing on my to-do list; but I don’t have an ETA at the moment.

“But wait. Bungie stated that Xur will never sell Gjallarhorn again. Why don’t you just take it off the list?”

This is the most common comment I am getting on Instagram and from Google Play user reviews.

This is wrong!

Bungie has never officially stated that Xur will never sell Gjallarhorn again. At most, they -may- have implied it. Why would they? Why would they deliberately kill the hopes of people who are waiting for this weapon? Why would they make people hopeless for this weapon and let the quit the game on purpose?

Besides, with the new nerf wave; Ghorn is getting a nerf. We don’t know how a game-changing nerf it will be; but I am sure that it will be a harsh one; because Bungie is unhappy that everyone is just Gjallarhorn’ing everything, instead of playing the encounters the way they design them to be played. I am 99,99% sure that after the nerf hits, Gjallarhorn will be brought by Xur in a couple of months. Wasn’t this the case with Suros Regime?

This is all about Yolohorn. Now let’s see some statistics.

Guardian Wishlist Statistics (As of 07/18/2015)

General

  • Total number of Votes Cast: 829.595
    • Weapon Votes Cast: 264.799 (32%)
    • Warlock Votes Cast: 195.283 (24%)
    • Hunter Votes Cast: 192.310 (23%)
    • Titan Votes Cast: 177.126 (21%)
  • Day of Week with Least Votes Cast: Wednesday
  • Day of Week with Most Votes Cast: Thursday
  • Average Votes per Day: 7.091
  • Most Votes Cast in One Day: 25.196
  • Android Votes: 596.663 (72%)
  • iOS Votes: 233.013 (28%)

Demographics

  • Top 10 Countries with the Most Sessions Started:
    1. United States: 63,02%
    2. United Kingdom: 7,10%
    3. Germany: 10,314%
    4. Canada: 3,82%
    5. Italy: 3,11%
    6. Brazil: 2,56%
    7. France: 2,33%
    8. Mexico: 1,70%
    9. Australia: 1,31%
    10. Spain: 1,20%
  • Top 10 Cities with the Most Sessions Started:
    1. London: 1,72%
    2. New York: 1,64%
    3. Houston: 1,44%
    4. Los Angeles: 1,32%
    5. Dallas: 1,24%
    6. Chicago: 1,20%
    7. Atlanta: 0,83%
    8. Milan: 0,69%
    9. Sao Paulo: 0,64%
    10. San Francisco:  0,63%
  • Top 10 Items with the Most Votes (Regardless of their Category)
    1. Gjallarhorn: 71.496 (8,62%)
    2. Ice Breaker: 41.173 (4,96%)
    3. Mask of the Third Man: 39.314 (4,73%)
    4. Helm of Saint-14: 38.308 (4,62%)
    5. Light Beyond Nemesis: 35.124 (4,23%)
    6. Obsidian Mind: 34.560 (4,17%)
    7. Don’t Touch Me: 26.799 (3,23%)
    8. Skull of Dire Ahamkara: 25.426 (3,07%)
    9. Radiant Dance Machines: 23.512 (2,83%)
    10. Sunbreakers: 23.371 (2,83%)
  • Top 10 Items for Weapons (Total Number of Votes: 264.799)
    1. Gjallarhorn: 71.496 (8,62%)
    2. Ice Breaker: 41.173 (4,96%)
    3. Hawkmoon: 23.366 (8,82%)
    4. The Last Word: 21.537 (8,13%)
    5. Red Death: 18.166 (6,86%)
    6. Suros Regime: 16.954 (6,40%)
    7. The 4th Horseman: 10.570 (3,99%)
    8. Monte Carlo: 10.253 (3,87%)
    9. Patience and Time: 9.114 (3,44%)
    10. No Land Beyond: 8.798 (3,32%) – Trolls 🙂
  • Top 10 Items for Titans
    1. Helm of Saint-14: 38.308 (21.63%)
    2. The Glasshouse: 22.956 (12,96%)
    3. Helm of Inmost Light: 21.447 (12,11%)
    4. Ruin Wings: 21.295 (12,02%)
    5. The Armamentarium (19,513%)
    6. Crest of Alpha Lupi: 13.067 (7,38%)
    7. No Back-up Plans: 12.325 (6,96%)
    8. An Insurmountable Skullfort: 12.045 (6,80%)
    9. MK. 44 Stand Asides: 9.322 (5,26%)
    10. ACD/0 Feedback Fence: 3,500 (1,98%)
  • Top 10 Items for Hunters
    1. Mask of the Third Man: 39.314 (20,44%)
    2. Don’t Touch Me: 26.799 (13,94%)
    3. Radiant Dance Machines: 23.512 (12,23%)
    4. Young Ahamkara’s Spine: 20.997 (10,92%)
    5. Achlyophage Symbiote: 19.360 (10,07%)
    6. ATS/8 Arachnid: 13.675 (7,11%)
    7. Crest of Alpha Lupi: 13.542 (7,04%)
    8. Knucklehead Radar: 11.974 (6,23%)
    9. Lucky Raspberry: 10.916 (5,68%)
    10. Bones of Eao: 5.484 (2,85%)
  • Top 10 Items for Warlocks
    1. Light Beyond Nemesis: 35.124 (17,99%)
    2. Obsidian Mind: 34.560 (17,70%)
    3. Skull of Dire Ahamkara: 25.426 (13,02%)
    4. Sunbreakers: 23.371 (11.97%)
    5. Claws of Ahamkara: 15.461 (7,92%)
    6. Voidfang Vestments: 15.056 (7,71%)
    7. Starfire Protocol: 12,763 (6,54%)
    8. Apotheosis Veil: 11.271 (5,77%)
    9. Heart of Praxic Fire: 10.523 (5,39%)
    10. The Ram: 8.178 (4.19%)

New iOS & Android Versions for House of Wolves, Force Update, Vestian Outpost (aka Queen’s Bay) Map and Future Plans

Hello Guardians,

The House of Wolves DLC is bringing some critical changes to Xur:

  1. Xur can now spawn in the new social zone; Vestian Outpost
  2. Xur will no longer offer item upgrades

To prepare for these changes; I have made modifications in the app. The updated versions for Android and iOS clients are now live and ready to download / update.

Please note that because these changes are critical; I issued a force update; meaning that you will have to update your app to the latest version before you can use Where is Xur? any further. Please update your app as soon as possible.

To show Xur’s location at Vestian Outpost; we naturally need a map of the place. However, there is currently no map available for the new social zone; hence I had to draw one myself. It might not be perfect; (the proportions and etc) however it is more than enough for our purposes and to navigate around Vestian Outpost. Here is how it will look in the app:

Vestian Outpost Map. Click to see a larger version.

And finally, let’s talk about the future plans. Currently; there are two urgent matters to be addressed:

  1. Some of the new House of Wolves exotics are missing icons
  2. All of House of Wolves exotics are missing from Guardian Wishlist

I am currently working on these improvements and will release the proper updates as soon as possible.

Keep checking back.