Bear for Android

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30 Nov, 2016 02:59 AM


I really love your app. It's exactly what I've been looking for. I was wondering if you were going to come out with an Android version? I'd really like to sync all my notes with all my devices.

Thank you!

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  1. 61 Posted by Alex on 30 Jun, 2017 07:02 PM

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    Absolutely, I'm very sure there are a ton of Android users who (like myself) are not satisfied with OneNote or Evernote and will embrace Bear with open arms! I certainly hope the Android and Web versions are coming sooner rather than later!

  2. 62 Posted by jim g on 30 Jun, 2017 07:19 PM

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  3. 63 Posted by tod.w on 30 Jun, 2017 08:05 PM

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    As an early adopter of Bear, I would rather see the dev team continue to add new features and enhancements to the existing product than go through the expensive and time-wasting excercise of hiring Android devs (Shiny Frog has admitted that they have no experience with Android cding), ironing out Android-specific bugs, dealing with a totally insecure system, working around so many versions of Android and the fact that carriers don't push updates, and on and on. As a former network engineer I can tell you that companies who take security seriously don't like BYOD that are subject to almost weekly security breaches, which currently means Android. If it's your device of choice, that's your choice and maybe you won't ever get breached. I just don't want infectious backwash from an Android release mucking with my reasonably secure app and devices.

  4. 64 Posted by Pedro Axelrud on 10 Jul, 2017 03:07 PM

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    Guys, IMHO this is a very wrong decision if you are looking to maximize your paying user base.

    I understand you have no experience developing for Android and this is not something quick to just learn, but you can totally hire people to do it. If you look at market share numbers you're loosing a huge opportunity.

    If you consider roughly 50-50 market share division between Android and iOS (only on US, as the rest of the world those numbers should be more like 80-20), you can pretty much double the potential of new users for your app. If you look to users on the entire world you'll see that now you can just reach 20% of them.

    Prioritizing a web version is a bad decision as most of the benefits of the paid version aren't useful for people on the web version. I really don't think the web version would allow you to acquire more paying users. You'll probably spend a lot of money on something that wouldn't be useful for your users (for iOS users there's no reason to use the web version on a daily basis and Android users shouldn't migrate, for example, from native Evernote app to Bear web app).

  5. 65 Posted by olya on 03 Sep, 2017 09:19 PM

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    I will be moving to Android for the first time in a month or two (want the bezelless form factor but don't want to pay $1k+ for a phone); and I hate to think I will have to cancel my no-brainer subscription to Bear and look for something else!

    It may be just me of course but I'm pretty sure there will be a ton of people like me this fall.
    And believe me I know what it's like to create an app for Android — I work at a company that is going through that right now. But I'm pretty sure the pain is definitely worth it in your case.

  6. 66 Posted by tod.w on 03 Sep, 2017 09:34 PM

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    Here I was hoping we could get through September without yet another futile request for Bear to be brought to the least secure malware-ridden platform in history.


    Bear is not for shallow folks who would go for the cosmetic "bezel-less" design over operating system security. You want fashion, go get a Versace. Apple and iOS are not for you.

  7. 67 Posted by Beer on 03 Sep, 2017 10:27 PM

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    @tod.w: You failed to add anything useful to a request which doesn't even affect you.

  8. 68 Posted by tod.w on 04 Sep, 2017 04:57 AM

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    @Beer: on the contrary. Shiny Frog has repeatedly written that there will be no Bear for Android in the near future. Perhaps a web version. The dev team is composed of three fellows whose expertise does not include Windows or Android, and Danilo has had to state this several times. Whenever he takes time to give the same answer each time the question is repeated, he takes time away from adding features requested by us subscribers - features that many of us consider to be quite important. Therefore, I consider repeated requests for an Android version when there will be none as something that indeed affects me as a paying subscriber.

  9. 69 Posted by Beer on 04 Sep, 2017 06:37 AM

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    @tod.w: Everone understood the first time that you don't use Android and that you get angry about the wishes of other potential customers.

    +1 for android even though I'm iPhone masterrace like you right now.

  10. 70 Posted by Nopalito on 30 Sep, 2017 03:31 AM

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    Alright...been waiting for months with a hint that you might go to android. I was an avid iPhone/Mac user. Now just Mac and so happy I gave up on iPhone. Don't need to hear the blowback from all the pretentious iPhone users. I get it ...blah blah blah blah blah. Get over yourselves. I'm done spending hundreds (now a thousand) on a phone that can't keep a charge for more than a couple hours. Yeah..that's right...i switched to android for battery life. That's it. Everything else is identical after a couple days. Crap battery life and Bear are the only differences i see between my 5 years with iphone and 1 year with android. After seeing these absurdly vehement posts against a Bear android app...even though every other app you iphoners use is also on android...and also seeing Bear have 0 interest...I'm now realizing I don't want to be a part of this creep fest. I hope canceling my Bear subscription will be as freeing as turning down a free iPhone 7 for a mid-range android. Have fun. Now...who can recommend a more inclusive note-taking app not run by a bunch of condescending hipsters?

  11. 71 Posted by Gilbert on 24 Oct, 2017 10:18 AM

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    Hey angry neck breathers.

    I just switched to an Android phone so out of very simple necessity rather than ham-fisted keyboard bashing I'll be forced to look for another service and cancel my subscription.

    This is a shame as a web interface or Phonegap version would be fine by me.

  12. 72 Posted by Zoltan on 01 Nov, 2017 03:00 PM

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    Please create an android version of the app, or even just a limited webapp. I know it's hard because you use iCloud to store data, but I'd pay you extra for cross platform storage. I'm missing Bear so much on my phone. Pretty please.

  13. 73 Posted by JonathanJames on 03 Nov, 2017 02:30 AM

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    Why not just rollout a PWA ( see ) that can be used on Android?

    Then you can slowly customize/roll-out full functionality using webview approach - I mean, the heaviest processing is exporting a BearNote no?- So figure out how to approach this process and then just build a web app and make into a PWA and launch it at a URL, security is more controlled and allowing device access to Bear is possible - what are downsides ?? Please explain

  14. 74 Posted by Dave Ramirez on 05 Nov, 2017 11:06 PM

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    This is unfortunate to hear! I honestly assumed (obviously incorrectly) that the bear desktop app was an electron-based web app (and I don't really see any reason that it couldn't be. Maybe its worth considering?). So i was a bit shocked to see I'll have to switch back to evernote when my new pixel 2 arrives in a few days.

    Bummer! I've REALLY the enjoyed the product while i've been able to use it! Keep up the good work!

  15. 75 Posted by John Scorpio on 13 Nov, 2017 05:37 PM

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    I'd also very much like to see an Android or mobile web version of the app please

  16. 76 Posted by JT on 16 Nov, 2017 05:55 AM

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    I, too, went Android upon the announcement of iPhone X's price and upon the botched release of iOS 11. I still have my iPhone 7 Plus (on WiFi only), but I'm happily using a Galaxy S8 as my daily driver now and see many reasons to stay switched. Including a headphone jack, and $400 saved for on an upgrade to an operating system with power-user customizability. As an owner of every generation iPhone period to 2017, I too would urge the developers to consider the benefits of being available to users like me.

  17. 77 Posted by GavinSpaceFace on 17 Nov, 2017 02:41 AM

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    I love the look of Bear and would have subscribed for life, but will not do so until it has an Android and web version.

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  19. 79 Posted by Eric on 26 Nov, 2017 10:33 PM

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    +1 for an Android version. I've been an iOS user since it first came out but I'm ready to make the switch. The ONLY real thing that's holding me back is not having the Bear app on Android. Please Shiny Frog, make the app. Stop wasting time with an Apple Watch app and hurry up with an Android app!!! :)

  20. 80 Posted by Trident on 27 Nov, 2017 01:14 AM

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    +1 for Bear on Android. I randomly landed on Bear app while using my old iPhone and was hooked. I've since changed my platform and now I'm an Android user, at least for the next 5-6 years. I miss Bear and would live to have it with me on this new platform.

  21. 81 Posted by Amanda on 01 Dec, 2017 01:52 PM

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    Also +1 for Android! I have your app on my MacBook Pro and I love it! I would definitely pay a subscription to support your service. :)

  22. 82 Posted by Josh on 14 Dec, 2017 01:17 AM

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    +1 for Android. I use a Mac laptop, but my personal smartphone is always Android. I'd like to switch from Evernote to a better platform, but right now, Evernote is the only one that syncs with all my devices.

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  24. 84 Posted by TZ on 18 Dec, 2017 02:59 AM

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    +1 for Android, I had mac, ipad, iphone, but just switch my phone to Android MIX2

  25. 85 Posted by Yaroslav on 27 Dec, 2017 06:11 PM

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    I've just read about Bear Notes. I have Mac, iPad and Android phone (as Android dev). So I can't use your app on all devices for seamless experience. Waiting till you, guys do the right step and create the Android version, as now - it's pointless.

  26. 86 Posted by Lukasz on 04 Jan, 2018 09:17 PM

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    +1 = mac laptot + android phone, which in my opinion is best of both worlds. And I'm not the only one thinking that way it seems.

  27. 87 Posted by Joan on 12 Jan, 2018 06:13 PM

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    + Bear for Android. DayOne and many other apps were able to do it, why can't you? I too have switched to an android phone, but bear writer lives in my MacBook and iPad.

  28. 88 Posted by Vish on 14 Jan, 2018 07:58 PM

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    +1 for Android. A notes app in 2018 cannot simply be tied to one platform, specially when the other platforms have a much larger market share and have more paying customers.
    I use all platforms and willingly support and use apps which support them (like Dropbox).
    Would love to jump ship from the pain that is OneNote to this, but cannot live without the syncing to my phone and other computers.

  29. 89 Posted by D. on 14 Jan, 2018 10:21 PM

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    +1 For Android. I believe that keeping it Apple ecosystem only is a lack of potential for this product.

  30. 90 Posted by nnewbill on 17 Jan, 2018 08:38 PM

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    Web-based version is being developed which should suit Android users.

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