Let’s face it, most apps debut in iOS before it gets to Android. So here are some apps that still have not found its way to the Google Play store as of yet. We tried to diversify the list by making the entries come from different areas of interest.
1. Tweetbot. Paul Haddad, the man behind this much loved Twitter app in iDevices, dismissed the idea that an Android version of this app is likely. Most developers prefer working in Apple’s ecosystem as a recent study showed that iOS users are more likely to buy apps than people with Android devices, which might be the reason why Mr. Haddad doesn’t entertain the idea of developing the popular app in Android. Mr. Haddad failed to realize though that Android devices now account more than 50% of smartphones sold.
2. Paper by Fifty-Three. To simply put it, this app is beautiful by any standards and it doesn’t hurt that it is multi-awarded. However, this drawing app has been only available for iPad users. The clamor for this app to be ported to Android tablets have made the folks at Fiftythree cite the problem of fragmentation among Android devices as the main reason for its missing in action.
3. Camera Awesome. While this settings-filled camera app is still a no-show in Google Play store, there is equally competent app in the Google Play store made by the same company, the SmugFolio. This app can “awesomize” your photo by its various settings that you can tinker to your liking and make it look like taken by a pro. The CEO of the company, Don MacAskill, said that the Android version is on the works but didn’t provide a date yet.
4. Clash of Clans. The fast-growing mobile gaming company, Supercell, – who is also behind the equally addicting mobile farm game, Hay Day – is now considering porting the popular game to Android. As Supercell CEO said in an interview, “You can’t be global without being in Asia, and you can’t be big in Asia without being on Android.” Amen.
5. Traktor DJ. There’s been a lot of request among the creative DJ community for this app to grace the Google Play, but the company behind it, Native Instruments, is not too keen on developing one for the Android users. The company cites the chronic audio latency issue that Android has on its sound drivers. But since Jelly Bean was rolled out, this has been addressed, to Google’s defense, and the latency was reduced from 100 ms to 12 ms which is already on par with iOS’. As of yet though, the company is still mum on a possible Android app.
So there you go, those are some of the better apps that have yet to be released on Android. But users of the Linux-based ecosystem should not fret as these same apps have their own counterparts in the Google Play store, you just have to find them.