Does anybody know when edrawings will be available for Android products? I'm sick of using AutoCAD WS for communication to tablets and phones.
eDrawings for Android is live now: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.solidworks.eDrawingsAndroid
At SWW2013, it was announced as "Coming Soon", so sometime this decade... maybe.
We recently picked up two Android devices with the intent of using eDrawings for field meetings.
Your move SW.
Yes - we were told at SWW2013 that the Android version was coming "soon" despite earlier denials that it would take place. It must be much more difficult to accomplish than we would expect . Never quite understood why/how IOS would get preferred treatment for a program that works with SWorks which only operates on Apple systems except emulation.
It's actually a pretty simple explanation--we develop for the platforms with the most users.When the team started developing the mobile version of eDrawings, they were only planning for a tablet application. Based on the feedback we had gotten up to that point, we didn't think anyone would want to use it on something as small as a phone. At that time, Android had very little presence in the tablet market, and the iPad was pretty much the only game in town. Android tablets really only started to show up in bigger numbers right around the time we were finishing development on the original eDrawings for iPad release. It's not always easy to anticipate how quickly the market can change, but we're working on getting an Android version out as soon as possible.
And yes, developing for Android poses some different challenges than iOS due to all of the different flavors of Android that are out there. The only devices running a 100% pure version of Android are the ones sold directly by Google, and there are a lot of people out there running versions of Android that are pretty old, or highly customized by the hardware vendor. Most Apple users upgrade to the newest version of iOS pretty quickly after its released. It's not an insurmountable problem, but the product guys want to make sure our apps work across the board.
The owner of a company I used to work for promised to every employee that an answer would be given to every question asked. He also added that it may very well not be the answer that the questioner wanted.
Thank you very much for your quick reply and explanation. I don't write code but respect those that do. I will appreciate the app whenever it arrives.
No promises, but it should be in the next few few months assuming all goes as planned. Stay tuned.
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