For some of you, the news that Kickstarter finally launched an Android app will come as a bit of a surprise. If you haphazardly visit the crowd-funding service site, you probably didn’t even know there wasn’t an app despite there being one for iPhone users for a couple of years now. Frequent visitors, like me, have felt the pain of not having a dedicated app because it meant that if I wanted to go check out some new projects and potentially help fund them, I was relegated to my browser.
The new app is now available in the Google Play Store and even though it is a 1.0 release, Kickstarter did a great job on the app overall. You can search for projects to support in a wide range of categories and you can fund a project right from within the app itself.
In addition to being able to view all the projects and back them, users of the app will also be able to get notifications on progress of the projects backed. While the app isn’t fully embracing
Material Design, it is still a solid app from look & feel perspective.
If you aren’t familiar with Kickstarter, basically anyone can post about a project they want to create – from a book to a 3D printer to a photo series – and ask for funding for the project. Once the amount requested is reached, the developer of the project is committed to deliver. This hasn’t always worked in the past to be fair but the few projects I have backed have come to market. If the project isn’t funded, you aren’t charged anything so it is somewhat low risk on the front end if it doesn’t make it.
There are a lot of creative people out there with some really brilliant ideas so be sure to check it out.