We know the frustration as an Android user that many apps are released on the iOS platform before they are released on the Android platform. We are seeking to minimize that frustration for asensei customers.
We made the same decision to launch on iOS first, so that we can focus on getting the product experience right and bring a variety of coaching programs to our first customers.
Buying a reconditioned iPad or iPhone to run asensei
One option instead of waiting for an Android version - and we know this is not for everyone - the asensei app will work on almost any recent iOS device, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, so if you happen to have access to an older device it may well work with our app. You can also purchase a secondhand/reconditioned iPad -- all asensei requires is that it supports Bluetooth 4.0. You can find a list of such models here - https://www.iphonefaq.org/archives/973945
We would recommend that a reputable marketplace is used when purchasing a second hand product. While we don't officially endorse them we have had good personal experiences with Backmarket for reconditioned devices in good condition at reasonable prices - with money back guarantees.
When are asensei going to release an Android app?
tl;dr - as soon as we can, and as soon as we can't not.
Our approach to product development, and feature prioritization in general, is to be pulled by our customers. The more Android customers sitting on our waitlist for beta, the more urgency we're going to feel.
So if you want to accelerate the release of the Android app, you can help us by inviting others to sign up for asensei on Android and share this link with them: www.asensei.com/android. The more signups we get, the quicker we'll likely do so.
Why haven't asensei developed for Android and iPhone at the same time? More people?
Since you asked...
Product engineering is all about trade-offs, and one of those trade offs is how can you get your product into the hands of enough customers, quickly enough, to get the feedback we need to make the product one you can't believe you used to practice without.
A hard, but easy decision is to start by only developing for one platform. Rather than spend twice the time designing, twice the time coding, twice the time testing and twice the time maintaining and supporting a set of features, it's ultimately quicker to build the right product for everyone across all platforms, if we launch to a single platform where many but not all of our customers are.
And while it's true that there are technologies and approaches that make it easier to develop at the same time on multiple platforms at once, there's a tremendous amount of complexity to asensei in how we connect to sensors on rowing machines, and how we connect to sensors in smart apparel, that isn't so easy to develop for multiple platforms at once.
We appreciate how keen you are to try asensei, and wish we could have targeted all rowing machines and phones at once.
I've seen a link claiming to be asensei for Android on the internet
asensei is only available to download through the Apple iOS appstore. You may see websites claiming to have a downloadable Android apk file for asensei (outside of the Google Play store). Please do not click through to those sites they are not affiliated with asensei and are likely to be phishing or malware of some description and likely to cause problems for your device. If you wish to report those to us please email firstname.lastname@example.org