Android complaints about new Ebertfest app format

Android complaints about new Ebertfest app format

The Ebertfest audience tends to be civil and pleasant. But opionated, much like Roger Ebert was himself.

On Thursday, while waiting under the Virginia Theatre marquee for the second day of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival to resume, Monica Schmidt of Iowa City complained about the new Ebertfest app being available for only the Apple iPad.

“The app is in an Apple format and Android is a large part of the market, and it’s off the table. Show some love for other formats,” she said.

She would love to download the Ebertfest app to her Android phone.

“I’m sick of Apple supremacy,” she said.

The New Ebertfest 1999-2013 Anniversary App for the iPad was developed by Shatterglass Studios and Single Stereo, both located in Champaign-Urbana, in partnership with Ebertfest and the University of Illinois College of Media.

The new app was sold for $6.99, or nearly half price, during the festival from April 17-21 at the Virginia Theatre. The app — its full price is $12.99 — allows users to explore the entire history of the festival on their iPad. Its features include video of Ebert himself, programs from past festivals, reviews and trailers.

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Right now, the app is not even usable in iPhones. But that might change.

"The long answer is we have yet to develop it fully," said Brett Hays, producer at Shatterglass Studios. "Some of the features of the app aren't fully supported on Android devices so we will need to make some specific changes. 

"We want the Ebertfest app available for all fans, but for a project that was developed gratis as a passion project over the past 15 months it was most important to have it available by the start of the festival with as many features as we could get in.  "We have many new features that we are developing for future releases like photo galleries, specifically produced videos for the app and movie and guest indexes.   "We're honored to have been able to work so closely with Roger, Chaz and everyone at the festival to remember the past 15 years of this amazing festival."


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