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Hey Jayson,

Just wondering if you have any plans to port this application to the Android OS? Its amazing watching how many iphone applications are moving over daily. I would love the ability to use your app on my phone and not just my itouch at home!

 

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Slates,

 

I am watching the progress of Android and the other mobile platforms closely for opportunities to expand the eKeypad family.

 

Following is my personal opinion of the mobile platform landscape here in early 2010. I base a lot of this off my 25 year career in the fixed line and wireless industry and their lessons of the past. Of course my extrapolations are subjective and the mobile landscape is very fluid.

 

1. Palm and Microsoft just can not seem to execute. Hard to say where the issue lies but they both keep making "interesting" choices. None of which have lead to success. I anticipate they will continue to be stagnate at best.

 

2. Symbian. You rarely hear of it here in the US but globally it actually accounted for over 50% of smartphone sales in 2009. I expect they will be the source of customers that fuel the growth for other companies in the coming years as competition heats up.

 

3. RIM is very strong, but they seem to be staying true to their business email roots. Not to mention they have a device fragmentation issue for application developer. There are over a dozen different hardware, screen size and capability combinations. Testing is a nightmare of effort. By my analysis of the 140 million devices they have sold, only about 2-3 million (the Storm series) are even capable of running an eKeypad port effectively.

 

4. Android is coming on strong. it is still kind of early to say how much is marketing hype and how much is real, but Google is making a strong showing. The platform is still a little immature in areas of application support and distribution but they seem to be working on it. My largest fear is that Google seems to be flirting with the same device fragmentation that hurts RIM. Hopefully they will start getting more strict with the hardware manufacturers and carriers.

 

Of the 5 major mobile platforms I believe that Android does have the most potential to be a viable expansion for eKeypad. It still has some ares the need to mature before it makes financial sense (for me) to port eKeypad but unless Goggle just goes crazy it looks like they will get there.

 

The last time I calculated the relative markets, adjusted to only count devices I felt would provide a reasonably good eKeypad experience there were 10x more Apple devices as all other manufacturers combined. A little skewed as the other companies have only recently been making higher end devices but hard to ignore the statistics.

 

Personally, I will be watch the market intently over the next 2 years.

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Great, I am glad it is something you are considering. I agree that Google/Android seems to be surging right now, but who knows if it will stay that way. I hope they work on the distribution side, because I really think thats holding most developers back.

 

I can say that the number of useful apps in the Android Market is growing fairly quickly, so I am hopeful. There also seems to be more flexibility in what people can do with the apps, which is probably a result of the love/hate relationship of the Apple platform.

 

Thanks!

 

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Looks like the last post on this subject was back in 2010 and I know there have been significant improvements in the Android platforms and OS.

 

I am seriously considering coverting from an iPhone 4 to the Galaxy 4 and the only application that is NOT available is eKeypad. I dont really want to carry two devices (and tether my iPhone to my Droid).

 

Any update to Android support?

 

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Unfortunately the status of an Android port has progressed only a little.

 

There simply are not enough Android devices in the market that could run a port of eKeypad right now (Summer 2013).

 

We maintain a close watch on progress and even have an Android tablet in house for occasional testing but we are still waiting for the Android market. It has improved over the years but the mix of Android devices has not moved forward at quite the pace you would have expected.

 

Back in 2010 I stated that if you only counted devices that could reasonably be expected to run a port there were about 10x as many Apple devices. This has improved but the mix is still about 2-3x in favor of Apple.

 

What was unexpected back then was the almost universal refusal of Android manufacturers to provide upgrades. Today estimates place 30-50% of Android devices as being locked into 2.x versions. The only way they will ever get upgraded is when the owners purchase a new phone.

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Here's another plug for an android port. We continue to see more emphasis placed on apple but there does seem to be a large potential android user base here. So far no program has offered parity with the apple features, and I suspect that whichever program ports to android with parity of features will establish itself as the go to android program and grow from there.

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At least nexus devices ..since they do get software updates... For example nexus 4, 5, and 7. I can get three nexus 7 devices for the price of one iPad and not feel bad about permanently installing in a wall since they are even less expensive than elk's own touch keypad and would offer me even more flexibility with a full hd display...

 

I have an iPad for holdouts like this but I am not paying for any iOS apps since they don't benefit my six android devices ... All of which are on the latest version of android, not held back as claimed.

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aaronk,

 

The reviews on that program are good, and I have been pondering getting it; however, I think many of us are really hoping to have one program to run the isy and the elk.  There are great programs for everything but one program that runs it all is much cleaner.

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aaronk,

 

The reviews on that program are good, and I have been pondering getting it; however, I think many of us are really hoping to have one program to run the isy and the elk.  There are great programs for everything but one program that runs it all is much cleaner.

Hi;  I downloaded this to my LG G3 and It does not work. I have been working with droidsoft all night still no good.  all the configs are correct.  I downloaded another program called 'mykeypad' and It worked right away.   It does not look as nice as the touch pro, but It works..   Do you know of anyone using the touch pro on a new android device ??    Android software 4.4.2    thanks

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Hi;  I downloaded this to my LG G3 and It does not work. I have been working with droidsoft all night still no good.  all the configs are correct.  I downloaded another program called 'mykeypad' and It worked right away.   It does not look as nice as the touch pro, but It works..   Do you know of anyone using the touch pro on a new android device ??    Android software 4.4.2    thanks

 

Sounds like your M1XEP and M1 firmware is old. I know that the app needs the M1 and M1XEP to be updated to the latest firmware to make the secure connection as it's connecting differently then those other Android apps. I didn't find those other Android apps reliable.

 

I must say I have used the other Android apps but had no luck with them as they where force closing and one of the apps gave false readings. I got my money back while I could since it doesn't looks like the apps are supported anymore since they never returned my email.

 

With the M1 Touch Pro app, at least we get support and it does work if you have the panel with the updated firmware and have the configuration setup correctly.

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