We are thankful to all our Early Access Program users whose feedback and suggestions have shaped Hermit into the app it is today. Your ongoing support has made it possible to shape Hermit into the awesome productivity tool it is today, and for us to deliver the customer service experience that we have become known for.
But it’s clear that users are getting tired of too many subscriptions, and would much rather prefer a one-time purchase model. To be sure, all Premium features in Hermit are already available as a one-time purchase. The Early Access Program offered the same featues — but earlier — to those who subscribed.
Moving forward, all new features will be available immediately to everyone who upgraded to Premium.
We will also continue to offer individual features as separate one-time purchases for life-time access for those who don’t want to purchase the full Premium bundle.
Our reasons for starting the Early Access Program are still as relevant today. Creating, designing, and building new features takes valuable engineering resources. It’s not free. We remain committed to offering you free updates and free new features for a lifetime.
If you’d like to support our mission beyond the one-time Premium payment, we gladly accept tips through the app, and thank you for your gratitude. Tips are completely optional, and available via the Settings menu or contact us for other payment options.
For comparison, other apps have taken different approaches. None of them are ideal, and we are not fans of any of them.
Some apps went out of business after accepting payment from people. No more updates, even if the app is incompatible with future versions of the operating system. That’s the case on iOS, and it’s even worse on Android, because Android users consistently buy fewer apps than iOS users.
Some apps stopped honoring previous purchases and required separate payment for a major update. This is also how the vast majority of desktop software works. If you purchased Microsoft Office in 2003, you would not automatically qualify for an update to 2007 without paying again.
Many other apps on Android monetize their user base using some form of advertising or tracking personal information. Even your favorite open-source browsers & privacy-friendly tech companies are indirectly funded by the advertising industry:
We are committed to securing your privacy, and none of our products contain any advertising in them.
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