If you’re a photographer of any kind, amateur to pro, you’ve probably heard already that Facebook satellite Instagram recently released an App called Hyperlapse. Hyperlapse is an app that’s designed to help people take time-lapse photos of things like valleys, commutes, and other things.
Now, I’ve done my own Time-Lapsed projects, such as this one…
Which totally got me excited to play with this app! I mean, I’d love to do more driving videography!
……And then I see this:
Hyperlapse from Instagram is available today for iOS devices in Apple’s App Store. It is currently only available for iOS.
Once again, us Android users are left in the wings while everyone with an iDevice gets to reap the benefits. I’m sure we’ll EVENTUALLY get to play with it, but until that day comes, all us Droid users get to do is sit and watch while everyone and their iPhone time lapses away.
And this isn’t the only time I’ve seen this either. Time and time again, apps are often first released to iOS before they even THINK about releasing to Android. Vine, for example, took six months to produce an Android version of its app, while iOS users had been living it up. Hell, it took Instagram 18 months before they finally decided to release an Android version. 18 MONTHS.
To borrow from some of my progressive friends, Apple has privilege.
Specifically, it has the privilege of being the first market for almost every app there is.
And honestly, it doesn’t even really deserve it. Here’s some of the following reasons:
- Android device sales FAR outnumber those of iOS
- There are more entry level Android devices than there are iOS ones (Same source as above)
- It’s cheaper to develop for Android than it is to develop for iOS ($25 flat rate for android vs $99 PER YEAR for iOS)
- Android code is made with common languages Java and XML, whereas iOS has its own “Swift” language, and before that, Objective C
I think it’s time for a change. I don’t want to advocate that people give Android priority, as that would basically make me hypcritical. However, can we at least start releasing both iOS and Android apps at the same time? That way, nobody has to be left out of the fun.
But no, of course we can’d do that. Because apparently all the developers are iFanboys or something like that.
Seriously people, learn your damn audience.