Whenever we post about any of our mobile applications, especially our app ‘Coverage?‘, we end up getting flooded with “what about Android?” requests.
Sometimes the Android fans are pretty pushy – saying things like “Don’t you know that Android is the bulk of the market now?!?!”
There may technically be more Droid users – but so far as developers we haven’t seen much evidence of it.
Last summer Hired Guns Software offered to experiment with a port of our app ‘State Lines‘ to Android, in part to test the market. Other developers had been reporting that Android apps just don’t sell as well as their iOS counterparts. We’ve even had Android users ask for versions of our apps, but admit they’d probably not be interested in paying for them.
And sadly, we’ve found that to be true – our iOS version of State Lines typically outsells the Android version more than two to one.
‘Coverage?’ was written in a way that made a port to Android impractical.
But when we were designing the internals of ‘US Public Lands‘ we kept portability in mind, and we are thrilled to be able to answer our most frequent FAQ so quickly…
The Android version of US Public Lands is now READY!
Get it Now!
Thank you Hired Gun Software for completing the Android port so quickly. He is also working on wrapping up a version for the Amazon store too.
We have been blown away by the initial responses to the app for iPhone and iPad! We actually rose as high as #2 on the top iPad Travel Apps chart – even briefly eclipsing the indisputably essential ‘Allstays Camp & RV ‘.
What a great launch – thank you everyone for your support, enthusiasm and for helping us spread the word!
Now, Android users -we encourage you to show Hired Guns Software some love for making this port possible. Can the Android version of ‘US Public Lands’ keep pace, if not outsell, the iOS version?
We are planning to move the iOS version of ‘Coverage?’ to use the same newer core technologies as ‘US Public Lands’, and when we do that an Android port of ‘Coverage?’ will be practical for the first time.
If the Android version of ‘US Public Lands’ sells well, this will make the ‘Coverage?’ port an urgent priority.
So…. Droids…. stand up and be counted, and show us that the ecosystem can be supportive of independent niche market developers too.
Original US Public Lands Announcement – with more information about the app