understanding the android delay
It’s the numero uno question we are asked on a regular basis. Here’s the honest-to-goodness scoop about that: As we began the development of our app, we quickly learned that developing this app for Apple products was going to be much simpler and faster and cost-effective. Developing for Android takes longer, is highly expensive, and is far more complicated than we even imagined. So instead of holding up the app altogether, we launched for iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, and iPod with the intent of getting things off the ground and then diving into the Android versions of the app.
Once the app was launched, the response to the Android question has been the same all along: We’re working on it. We know many of you have Android devices and that you’re dying to get this app on those devices. And we appreciate that so much! As we came up for air from the initial launch and really started to figure out the details of moving forward with the Android version, we learned more and more about the complicated and expensive nature of developing for Android. It’s so not simple. That’s the best way to describe it. *sigh*
There is an article that is very helpful in understanding the difference in app development between the two devices, and we invite you to read it: If Android is so popular, why are many apps still released for iOS first? Did you know it took Instagram 18 months to launch for Android after iOS? Nike’s Nike+ FuelBand didn’t come out on Android until 2+ years after the iOS version. Tweetbot is still a no-show, and “while much-praised children’s app-maker Toca Boca has 18 apps available on iOS, only one of them is also on Android” (quoted from the article).
Another a-ha moment in the article: “Developing iOS apps means ensuring they work nicely on a small range of iPhones and/or iPads: generally 6-8 different devices depending how far back the developer wants to go. On Android, it’s a different story: nearly 12,000 different devices out there in the hands of people, with a wider range of screen sizes, processors and versions of the Android software still in use.”
I say this with humility and transparency: I want you to know that we still have every desire to bring the Project Life® app to Android devices. I wish I could click my heels and make it happen tomorrow. It’s just not happening super soon. So when we say “We’re working on it,” you understand that there is so much front-loaded work to do even before the actual development begins. As a small business, our little team does our very best every day to bring Project Life to homes across the world. We have physical product, digital product, and now the app. I started this company without even knowing that all those variations would ever be a part of the story. Everything takes time. It’s such a process. And patience continues to be a beautiful virtue that we are all learning to appreciate more and more.
Thank you for understanding.