The Unfortunate Demise of Baby ESP?
Once in a while, you stumble on an app that truly is great and worth the price the developer asks. A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to do just that when I found Baby ESP, an Android app that tracked everything from bottle feedings, nursing, diapers, growth stats and much more. At the time, my son had just been born and it seemed like a perfect fit. In the end, I never did use it but I kept it in my for future reference.
When my daughter was born I knew we would need it. My wife downloaded it and loved it. She still does. It fit perfectly with what she needed. A few months later I realized it would be a great tool for me as well as I took my paternity leave. As I was about to download it myself I suddenly cant find it. Regardless how I searched, the app just wasnt there. Even with a different phone, with my tablet It just wasnt available.
With a Google search I was able to find the app page on Google Play. It led me to the homepage of the developer. There, on the contact page was a note stating that Baby ESP had been discontinued and to contact a specific person for more information. As I was about to email this person I realized that the email address belonged to a personal with a different domain than the one for the website I was looking at. Something was odd about this situation, for sure.
When I started digging a little more, I found that the name of the person on the email is also the name included in the name of the app (the name of the app within the code of the app, not Baby ESP). It made me wonder Was the original developer this guy and some deal fell through somewhere along the way that resulted in the app being pulled?
I can only speculate but regardless, its a shame. Baby ESP is, regardless of availability, one of the best baby activity tracking apps out there and if this is truly the end of the road for it, what a shame. Maybe we will never know what happened and those of us using it may eventually have to migrate to other similar apps. In fact Since writing more about Baby ESP is pointless at this point, my next blogging entry will take a look at alternatives. Until then, give your babies a huge and tell your kids you love them!