Highrise has had an iOS app, going on now for 7 years. However, the development on that mobile app has been slow. In June of 2015, we released version 2.0 and we’re still on that version today. We’ll update it soon, but I have to admit we’ve been saying that for awhile.
Regardless, at least, iPhone users, you had an app. Android users had nothing.
As soon as we got the iOS app update out, creating a brand new Android app kept popping up on our list of priorities. But our team didn’t have the skillset of making Android apps, so the search for building that part of our team, even trying to use contractors, became laborious and soon other priorities pulled us away.
Finally, we committed to figuring out how we could ramp up the knowledge internally we needed to get this task done, and we uncovered something pretty unusual but very powerful for us to build our mobile apps from: a Microsoft product, Xamarin. We’ll have a lot more on that soon…
But today, our work leads us to an incredibly important announcement.
Today we announce our new Android App
View the latest activity in your account, find contacts or add new ones, and keep up with your tasks, all on the go with your Highrise Android App!
We’ve had hundreds of beta testers and have received great feedback so far:
“thank you, thank you, thank you for the Android release. I have been on the private beta, and just updated my version to the newest (allowing notes and edits). It has been a very, very welcome relief to how I do business to have this mobile access. The app hasn’t crashed on me and is shaping up to be a stable, easy to use platform!” -Eric
“@highrise Android release is awesome, been waiting for this for years!” –Robert Jan de Boer
And for those of you who use iOS, we promise, additional updates are coming soon! We think the tools we have in our hands will now allow us to do near simultaneous updates to iOS and Android and help keep our Apps updated much more frequently. In the meantime, if you don’t have the current iPhone app, get it here:
It’s a lifesaver when you’re not near your computer or if you’re always on the go! We hope you find it as handy as we have. It’s still the first thing I check in the morning 🙂
P.S. If you find yourself overwhelmed while starting your own small business, handling customer support or staying in touch with all your Android contacts 🙂 check out how Highrise can help!
You can also follow more behind the scenes on how we design products, run the business, and manage a family 🙂 at a YouTube channel I created: here.