It's hard to believe, but Kickstarter hasn't had an Android app until now. They launched an iOS app about three years ago, but despite having a much larger share of the smartphone market, Android has once again been an afterthought.
Couldn't they have just raised money for this through Kickstarter years ago?
Either way, it's here now. Unfortunately it doesn't do everything it should. From the Kickstarter blog:
With this first release, we focused on creating a great discovery experience for backers. It's easy to dive into thousands of live creative projects from every corner of the Kickstarter universe. But it's just as easy to hone in on specific projects most likely to speak to you, or be surprised by ideas you didn’t expect to find.
We've built in a personal approach to discovering new projects — and connecting to older ones — by including our activity feed. From spotlighting projects your friends have recently backed, to surfacing the latest updates from creators you’ve supported in the past, activity feed is a play-by-play of all the news that should be on your radar. And if you want the latest from projects you’re following immediately, you can also be notified directly when they post an update.
The part that's missing: the ability for people who run campaigns to manage them, which seems like a pretty important feature.
But, like they said, this is just the first version, and they have to start somewhere. Even if it's 2016 and they're only just now making it to Android.
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