I don’t blame you. In fact, as a loyal Android user, I’m right there with you. I couldn’t join the Vine party until 6 months after my iPhone pals. I remember having to wait almost two years for Instagram. I honestly thought I’d never get to play Superbrothers: Swords & Sworcery EP.
I’m outnumbered around here, as the lone Android dev in a sea of iPhoners. (WWDC at the office is miserable.) And even though I think Android is better and know that it isn’t the ugly mess it was years ago, most of our customers use iOS.
To be honest, I was secretly happy that some of you yelled at us after we released MailChimp Snap for iOS. You lit a fire under us to push out feature-rich Android versions of our products in a timely fashion! It’s because of you that I can announce MailChimp Snap for Android today instead of, say, April of next year.
MailChimp Snap for Android has feature parity with its iOS counterpart, but it also takes advantage of the Android platform. This means sharing intents (go from any photo app straight to MailChimp Snap), importing pictures from the cloud (which requires KitKat or higher), and supporting multiple screen sizes (including tablets, of course). Plus, it’s built with 5.0 in mind, so enjoy those animations, Lollipop users!
Building a proper native app takes time. You need a team of developers, designers, and QA specialists that understand mobile user needs. That we were able to release MailChimp Snap for Android only a month after the iOS version is no small feat, but wouldn’t it be even better if we started product development on iOS and Android simultaneously, so we could release v1 of each at the same time?
Your feedback can help us get there. Are you an Android user? Tweet at us, comment on this post, or when you get a survey from MailChimp, mark the box saying you use Android. Oh, and if you’re an Android developer with strong programming skills and a good eye for (material) design, consider working with us!