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rshannon
rshannon
Posts: 1

12/20/2013
I really wish you had an Android app. There are many more Android devices in the world than iPhone/iPad devices and yes, pilots use them. I like the web version, but can't justify committing to learn and use an aviation service I can only access via web browser, much less pay for premium account features.
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John Burnside
John Burnside
Posts: 192

12/25/2013
Hi Ron,

Thanks for your post! We have heard from a few pilots and members that exclusively use Android devices and, as always, we keep track of the feature requests that we are seeing from our members and the aviation community overall.

However, it takes significant resources to create and maintain functionally-identical software on three different platforms (web, iOS, Android). Unfortunately, there is not a viable path to design one piece of software that works well on device types. Given this and the sheer amount of iPad users we encounter at aviation events, we have focused our available resources on web and iPad development.

We understand the limitation this creates for Android users. We will continue to stay in touch with the device trends in aviation and try to offer a valuable solution on as many device types as possible.

Sincerely,

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John Burnside
Co-Founder, Director of Technology
iFlightPlanner.com
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sidegrip
sidegrip
Posts: 2

12/29/2013
I'm with Ron. I don't want or like to bite into the apple.
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John Burnside
John Burnside
Posts: 192

12/30/2013
Thanks for your post, sidegrip! We keep a tally of the features members are asking for and the most popular items are pushed to the top of our development priority list.

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Co-Founder, Director of Technology
iFlightPlanner.com
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recapen
recapen
Posts: 9

7/11/2014
Put another tick mark next to Android users wanting an App!
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realitybitesreality
realitybitesreality
Posts: 2

7/29/2014
John Burnside wrote:
Hi Ron,

Thanks for your post! We have heard from a few pilots and members that exclusively use Android devices and, as always, we keep track of the feature requests that we are seeing from our members and the aviation community overall.

However, it takes significant resources to create and maintain functionally-identical software on three different platforms (web, iOS, Android). Unfortunately, there is not a viable path to design one piece of software that works well on device types. Given this and the sheer amount of iPad users we encounter at aviation events, we have focused our available resources on web and iPad development.

We understand the limitation this creates for Android users. We will continue to stay in touch with the device trends in aviation and try to offer a valuable solution on as many device types as possible.

Sincerely,


Another exclusive android user here. At last count the android tablet users have outpaced IOS by 62% to 36% (end of 2013 by Gartners) and IOS tablet sales continue to drop. Not sure I "buy" your reasoning - there are thousands of apps that work on all three platforms - all the mainstream apps can do it. You might see more in aviation, as companies like yours have driven the business to the elitist IOS platform which typically generates more developer revenue per user (likely the real reason). But I like many will never own a piece of Apple. Also, the trend to android is picking up pace at about 10% per year. Further, if your interested in a global market, it's already 78% android to 18% IOS (all devices, not just tablets).
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John Burnside
John Burnside
Posts: 192

8/5/2014
Thank you for your post.

There are indeed many apps that work on multiple platforms. Without getting too technical, the platforms do, in fact, use different programming languages. Along with many other app developers, we wish we could simply write the software once and have it work on all three platforms. It would make life a whole lot easier. The simple truth is that writing and maintaining the software on yet another platform is a non-trivial effort that requires a significant investment. Further, aviation is not nearly as large a market as the broader public, so justifying the investment becomes even more difficult.

Before choosing to develop for the iPad, we performed significant research in the aviation community, both via direct communication with our members and in talking to thousands of pilots at Sun n' Fun, AirVenture, AOPA Summit and other aviation events throughout the year. While Android may outpace iOS in the broader public, we found that within the smaller aviation market (800,000 pilots), iOS was the dominant choice.

Last week at AirVenture we did receive a larger number of requests for an Android app than in the past. As I mentioned in my previous post, we will always keep a close eye on the trends and will continue to work tirelessly to provide a quality, comprehensive flight planning solution to pilots.

Sincerely,

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John Burnside
Co-Founder, Director of Technology
iFlightPlanner.com
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graves4444
graves4444
Posts: 3

11/11/2014
John Burnside wrote:
Hi Ron,

Thanks for your post! We have heard from a few pilots and members that exclusively use Android devices and, as always, we keep track of the feature requests that we are seeing from our members and the aviation community overall.

However, it takes significant resources to create and maintain functionally-identical software on three different platforms (web, iOS, Android). Unfortunately, there is not a viable path to design one piece of software that works well on device types. Given this and the sheer amount of iPad users we encounter at aviation events, we have focused our available resources on web and iPad development.

We understand the limitation this creates for Android users. We will continue to stay in touch with the device trends in aviation and try to offer a valuable solution on as many device types as possible.

Sincerely,
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graves4444
graves4444
Posts: 3

11/11/2014
I agree we need android app or wont use flightplanner
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graves4444
graves4444
Posts: 3

11/11/2014
I switched to ify,and use their app on my nexus 7 with a t mobile hot spot it works great and is the best app and their service is very good and they are helpful the cost is low
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vancinad
vancinad
Posts: 12

8/25/2015
Avare is an AWESOME Android app. VFR, IFR charts, georeferenced approach plates. Has an interface for use with FSX and other sims too. Hands-down best choice for Android, IMO. (And my flight instructor who pays big $$$ for Foreflight is a little jealous, I think!)
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prx01
prx01
Posts: 1

8/2/2016
AVARE and STRATUX work well but they really are no comparison to the level of detail one gets with iflightplanner. I think FltplanGo would be a better comparison. although is just way too slow on chart refresh. AVARE IS a great solution and it does work well on Android, and like iflightplanner has fast map refresh, but really nothing else. I've worked with John and Andy in the past and made numerous suggestions, which they quickly implemented, they are hands down a fantastic team with loads of talent. I hope they find the time and resources to (re)develop all the great work into an android app. I believe the Android market is far more developed now than 2 years ago and their time woould be well spent!
edited by prx01 on 8/2/2016
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wolfeskitchen
wolfeskitchen
Posts: 1

8/26/2017
I'd like to add my voice to the cacophony asking for an Android app
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ericm1461
ericm1461
Posts: 1

6/8/2018
I dumped all Apple products. They have been losing supporters since their exposed planned obsolescence trikeries. Here is another vote for Android and I know many others.
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Andy Matthews
Andy Matthews
Posts: 51

6/8/2018
While we do continue to see Apple products as the overwhelming majority in aviation (upwards of 90% at a recent expo), we are aware of GPS technology that may be integrated with a web browser and move the needle for those of you on Android.

While iFlightPlanner.com is accessible on any platform from within any web browser, it doesn't address the need for data storage that only a native app can provide without internet connectivity.

My colleague wrote above, we're staying on top of the device trends and appreciate everyone's input here!

Andy

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Co-Founder, Director of Business Development
iFlightPlanner
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realitybitesreality
realitybitesreality
Posts: 2

6/8/2018
While we do continue to see Apple products as the overwhelming majority in aviation (upwards of 90% at a recent expo)



That's like going to church and saying I continue to see a majority of Catholics (or pick your favorite) here! Pretty funny!
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