Thanks so much for your kind words.
I want to provide a more extended answer about where we are with Android support, and this seemed like the right place to do it.
Let me first start of by saying that what QromaScan does is inherently quite challenging. In fact, I think I underestimated how many moving parts were needed to make things work the way they do. QromaScan uses two different voice recognition engines and some sophisticated graphics routines to be able to find, scan and tag the image.
On iOS, there were a number of mature frameworks that we used to build QromaScan on top of. Some of these pieces are either completely missing on Android or are incomplete to the point where we would have to write our own interfaces.
This can be quite challenging for a company that is completely bootstrapped. One of the reasons we have been able to make rapid updates to the iOS app is that we can do this entirely in house or through the use of a couple of remote developers that have worked on the project for more than a year. On the Android side, we have been working with offshore development teams, and the results have not been good so far. Partly, this is due to the complexity of the problem. Offshore teams are better suited for cookie cutter projects that can be easily ported to both iOS and Android without the use of specialized frameworks.
Even in the best case scenarios, developing and deploying for Android isn’t exactly a walk in the park. Let’s look at Kickstarter. They have some pretty deep pockets (well, deeper than mine….) and they just recently released an Android version of their app, despite having an iOS version available for several years. I looked at the app, and it didn’t strike me as the most exotic thing in the world. Considering how long it took them to deploy on Android, with the amount of resources they have, you can just imaging how a small fry like me struggled.
As a consumer, I love Android and I can understand why some users love it too. As a developer, I’m concerned about how many roads I have to pave before I get parity with iOS.
I am not suggesting that we are not pursuing Android development. We are. I just hate making promises when there is uncertainty. For that reason, I can’t give you a firm timetable for when we expect to see a version released.
We have supported more types of iOS devices. Right now, QromaScan works on iPhone 5 or higher, iPod Touch 5 or higher and iPad Mini 2 or higher. If carrying around an iPhone isn’t in your future, could either of the others be possible?
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