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Does Equipd work on Android?

Matthew Delmarter
posted this on February 11, 2013 23:08

This is by far the most frequent question I get. Typically users ask if Equipd will work on their Samsung, Kindle, or Google device - which of course all use Android as the operating system.

If you have not yet purchased a device and are trying to decide, my recommendation is that if you really want / need to use Equipd, then stop thinking and get an iPad or iPad mini - you won't regret it. And then you won't be frustrated by the fact that there is no Equipd for Android :-)

Update 30 July 2014:

The future development of Equipd on Android is still up for consideration, but the priority has been lowered by the advent of the official JW Library App which runs on the Android platform.

At this stage I am going to wait and see the direction the brothers take this official app and what features it will support. If it doubles-up with the primary features of Equipd then I will probably not port Equipd to Android. So let's wait and see a bit longer how the JW Library app progresses.

 

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Rhonda Poston
Thanks for continuing to work on the Android version. I am glad to pass that on to some who have chosen the Android platform. I waited and watched for tablets to "come of age" a bit before getting one and I have chosen iOS but have friend who have not.
March 08, 2013 19:00
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André

I agree Rhonda, I also have friends using Android, and it would be nice to have it, for them.

June 16, 2013 02:48
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André
There is one thing I want to say about Version 3: If it is going to be better than what we have now, in version 2.*, then I want to say: Wow!! Bring it!, we'd love it!!!
June 17, 2013 06:02
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Lissy
Really happy to know that Android support is planned, I'm hoping to get a new Android phone in the next couple of months and Equipd is one of the apps I'd be anxious to have on it. I find the app so useful on my iPad, but I'm looking forward to getting the same functionality on my Android to upbe able to use in the ministry will be awesome! Until I came to research new phones I hadn't realised just how many of the major phone manufacturers use Android OS! Also majorly excited about what the new Version 3 will hold!!
June 25, 2013 21:40
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Melanie MacSmiley
Android support is no easy task, not even for the BBC. They need 3 times the staff to support Android as they need for iOS because it's so much more complicated. Three different companies put software into an Android phone: Google for the Android OS, the manufacturer of the phone, and the phone carrier. That causes bloat, software conflicts, and performance issues. (Security patches, for example, do not come directly from Google to you. Google sends the patch to the manufacturer which sends it to the phone carrier who releases it to you the end user. Theoretically, that's how it works. In practice, here in the US, the patches often don't get to the phone at all. Apple's software updates have no middlemen.) There are literally 11,000 different Android devices out there with a myriad of screen sizes and hardware variations and a cost-sensitive user base that is averse to paying a fair price for software. Since you love your iPad, why not stick with Apple's ecosystem phone wise?
August 11, 2013 06:00
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Lissy
The price range of the iPhone is rather a lot for the amount of space you get - I wouldn't want to pay £800 for a 64GB iPhone, but I can have 80GB of storage on an Android for half the price.
August 11, 2013 06:39
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Matthew Delmarter
iMatt Solutions
Hi Melanie - yes, this is the reality of developing for the Android ecosystem. One easily forgotten by Android users. However the other reality is that my desire is to make Equipd accessible to as many brothers and sisters as possible, so Android just cannot be ignored. I will probably begin by targeting and supporting very specific devices that run Android. However I will not be opening this can of worms until I have got Equipd to where I want it on iOS first.
August 11, 2013 08:53
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Jesse Winder

Just want to say I appreciate all your hard work and as a long time IT guy I realize that producing the Android version will be a lot of work. On the other hand, I've been a long time "Apple Hater" (networking was a nightmare, products are too expensive, and the attitude that "Apple knows best" with no open source always was a source of irritation.)

Kudos to Apple for the Ipad, but the competition (specifically the new gen Nexus 7 released in July) has specs that leave the Ipad mini in the dust, and the 32GB version has an msrp of only $269. Most brothers operate on a tight budget, and now Android offers better technology for less money. (A lot less. For that kind of money, Apple will happily sell you an Ipod Touch. Try reading the Watchtower on that.) 

So I look forward to your Equipd for Android. I don't care if it's a $20 program- at least I'll know I haven't bent the knee to the great Apple god. (OK- just kidding- but their arrogance will be their downfall.)

August 12, 2013 14:03
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Matthew Delmarter
iMatt Solutions

Hi Jesse, thanks for the comments. My personal take is that hardware specs simply are not important. Who cares if a device has X memory or X CPU? The bottom line is, does the device perform, and do the apps work in a responsive manner. So the fact that an Android device has specs that leave an iPad mini in the dust is just paper-based metrics. The reality is that the iPad mini is a fantastic device and that the apps run on it really well. It does the job and does it well. Nothing else matters. 

I also believe in freedom of choice. I respect that not all brothers can afford an Apple device - or they choose not "buy" into the Apple ecosystem. That's OK. And that is why I will go the extra hundred miles to bring Equipd to Android. But it is also OK for Apple users to love Apple. It does irk me how most non-Apple users assume this love is the equivalent to blind infatuation, as opposed to being based on a realistic and contextual view of a product, warts and all. Many of us have moved to the Apple world after years in the Microsoft and/or Linux/Unix world, so we do have some context. It all depends on what is important to each person I guess.

Anyway. Rant over. Equipd will make it to Android in the future. In the meantime I beg for your patience as I take it to the next level on iOS first :-)

August 12, 2013 15:27
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Jesse Winder

Hey Matt- Nothing like a good rant. It's often a topic of conversation on those days when we get a lot of no-at-homes. But with Apple losing market share like the Catholic Church is shedding members, looks like your Android timeline of 2014 will be just perfect as Apple slides into the category of the "Betamax of the 21st Century" and open source once again reigns supreme. I'm still working on an illustration suitable for use from the platform tying the two philosophies of Apple & Catholicism together- they both want your money and your blind allegiance, because the church of Apple knows best. ("We say the Bible should be in Latin and you better not think of translating it or we'll burn you at the stake."). And you have to admit, that logo of the apple with the bite out of it sure smacks of Christendom's version of what happened in the Garden of Eden :) 

August 14, 2013 10:44
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Paulo Freitas

Hi Matthew, thanks for all your work.

I've personally been waiting a very long time for equipd for android and it seems now a little bit more... (me and a huge number of brothers and sisters).

But again, it's a lot of work and only one of you.

If you need in the future a Beta tester just let me know. Got 2 (me and wife) android phones and 2 tablets.

Again, thanks for all.

September 25, 2013 10:06
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Deb stemp
i was told about equipd by a sister in our congregation.....so love it. thank you so much for all the work you have done to have the 2013 NWT available soon. even more, or just as exciting, is the release for android products. i just bought my mom and another older sister a tablet with android. poor things have to use four different apps for meetings. BUT at least they dont have to carry all those heavy books. these apps have been so helpful. thank you so much
December 14, 2013 02:06
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Patty Torres
Thanks so much, I use both iOS and android, so I love the idea, thank you again.
December 14, 2013 19:36
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Björn Linderborg

Hi. Are we getting close to an Android release? Equipd on an Android phablet would be great!

June 09, 2014 23:41
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Paulina Myrcha

Equipd on an Android could be such a relief for those in Chinese field. we all are looking forward to. it would be a relief for our shouldes as the Chinese Pinyin Bible is so heavy :( pls don't give up. Thanks for all your efforts.

September 23, 2014 20:13
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Lissy
Hello there, do you know how much longer it will be until Android supported is released for Equipd? I know you mention at the top of the page just to get an iPad or iPad Mini but I would like to be able to use it on the ministry (it offers some things, such as the Reasoning book and Kingdom Ministry's which the JW Library doesn't as yet support). In some areas, including where I live, it's just not safe to have an expensive Apple device to use out in public, hence why having it on Android would be so great and useful, because you can get Android tablets for about £50 rather than upwards of £400. Really hope Android support is released soon, please please please!!
November 16, 2014 01:17