PROGIA GRIDPHONE UPDATE
I'm posting this update but 90% of the work on these was done by Neon. So he gets the credit here.
YOUR PHONE HAS BEEN RENAMED!
There are no longer Progia-7 / Progia-9 / Progia-11 gridphones. All gridphones are 'Progia gridphone' now. This is ICly explained by an over the air firmware upgrade that took place. There was an IC post about it on the Grid. The only exception to this is the progia-3, which is a craftable item if you know how. That remains untouched, and should function like it did before.
PROGIA-7 & PROGIA-9 MIGRATION
The over the air update has given these phones access to an app store where apps can be purchased and installed. The only app installed on these phones is the 'app store'. Apps can be installed, and they cost money, paid from a linked bank account.
This also means if you had a progia-7, you now have access to *69 & redial & caller id which were only on the 9+ before. You're welcome.
Progia-11s were given the messaging and contacts apps. You do not need to purchase these apps. You already had them on the 11, so you have them installed.
Your contacts and messages were migrated automatically, though the message received/sent time would be the time of the migration for old messages.
The app store has several apps available for install. Anyone with a phone can buy and install these apps. This is why we got rid of the different models. The phone itself and its value is based on the apps installed. So if you have a bunch of apps installed, your phone will be worth more when inspected/sold.
There are apps for contacts, messaging, as well as a few new ones like a Mag-Lev tracker, and a Bank app.
You can buy apps with a linked bank account which is done through bio-metrics. Whoever is holding the phone is the one who's bank account will be charged.
FEATURE PARITY IN PROGRESS
- There are still a few features missing from the new gridphone, you can't choose a ringtone yet. It'll be added soon
- Resetting -- there was a decker ability to reset gridphones back to default, which would reset minutes and texts and basically hard reset, this doesn't exist on the new phones, something similar will come soon
This help file has been updated to include more info on how to use the new phone.
STORES & VENDING MACHINES & NPC WANTS
We updated all the stores and vending machines we could spot that had old progia-9/progia-7/progia-11s. There should be NONE of these in game right now. If you spot a place where you can get one, or an NPC asking for one, @bug it so we can resolve it!
There are 600+ progias in game. Having these all be of the same parent, makes the code much easier to manage, with fewer branching paths.
Apps are modular and easy to create. The phone acts as a pass-through for these apps. That means we can decouple the app from the phone and use a simple interface to create new apps. We already have more functionality from apps than we had previously. The code should be MUCH easier for us to modifier, extend, and maintain.
USER INTERFACE CHANGES
The user interface and how you use the progia (primarily for prog-11 users) is very different now. The menu system should be much better and it should be easier to use after you get used to it.
FUTURE THINGS WE ARE CONSIDERING
- Black market app store
- Decker stuff for progias/apps to install & side-load apps
- phone cases (since you can't show how baller you are just by pulling out a progia-11 anymore-- maybe we do something with phone cases which updates the name to like: gold plated progia gridphone
- phone engraving
- an app that costs 100,000c that does nothing.
THERE WILL BE BUGS
There will definitely be some bugs with this. Please @bug them (after checking someone hasn't already bugged it)
(Edited by Slither at 7:23 pm on 4/23/2023)