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Introducing the Kickstarter App for iPhone and iPod Touch

We're excited to announce that the first official Kickstarter app launched in the iTunes Store this morning! It's available for iPhone and iPod Touch, it's free, and you can download it here.

The app is a whole new way to experience Kickstarter. We took things we've learned from the past three years of building the site, and applied them to a total redesign for the iPhone. We redesigned the project page, browse pages, and others. And we focused on making three things really useful and fun: finding new projects, keeping up to date with projects you've backed, and offering great tools for creators.

Finding projects

The best part of Kickstarter is all the amazing projects, and the app is a really fun way to find them. You can browse projects by category, popularity, and other filters. You can back projects and watch project videos. And you can even use your location to see projects near you.

Following projects

The app also keeps backers up-to-date on the projects they’ve backed. The Activity tab shares updates from projects you’re backing, with new updates getting added the instant the creator posts them. If you use Kickstarter’s social features, the app notifies you when your friends back projects or launch a project of their own. (You can easily add friends from Facebook in the app if you aren't using this already.)

Creator tools

The app has a bunch of great stuff to help creators manage their projects. It notifies creators of pledges as they happen. It keeps creators up-to-date on their project’s progress and stats with the project dashboard. Most excitingly, creators can take pictures and videos with their iPhone camera and post them as project updates straight from the app, bringing backers even closer to the creative process.

Thanks!

We want to thank our team for their incredible work in making the first Kickstarter app. We especially want to thank Brandon Williams and Andrew Cornett who worked tirelessly to build and design this. They did an amazing job.

We’re excited to share this with the millions of Kickstarter backers who have helped bring so many projects to life, and our amazing community of filmmakers, musicians, gamers, designers, technologists, and other creators. Thanks so much for being a part of Kickstarter. We hope you enjoy!

Download Kickstarter for iPhone and iPod Touch

Comments

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      Creator Guilherme Saba on February 14, 2013

      Do you plan on releasing an Android version of this app? If so, when?

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      Creator Tamim Swaid on February 14, 2013

      The app is really beautiful. Very well done. Love your design approach guys. Kudos.

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      Creator Fernando Fernandes on February 14, 2013

      WOW! Gorgeous! Congrats!

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      Creator Sacha Cohen on February 14, 2013

      Great stuff, I have been keeping an eye out for this. I have to agree with Tamim, the app is really beautifully designed. Nice work in the unique elastic scrolling effect at the top of the projects pages. Yeah, the app is stunning.

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      Creator Andy ~ OotG on February 14, 2013

      Looks great, would love to see an Android version

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      Creator Brattle Film Foundation on February 14, 2013

      Great news! We love it!

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      Creator Nick Hanson on February 14, 2013

      +1 for Android version

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      Creator ET3D on February 14, 2013

      Another +1 for Android. I certainly like the idea of this, it's just the wrong platform for me. :)

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      Creator Remy Monsen on February 14, 2013

      I am really disappointed in you for only releasing an iPhone app. In today's smartphone world, there is only a few large competitors, so releasing a version of the app for each (IOS, Android, Windows Phone) shouldn't really be a problem.

      On the other hand, why wast time on apps at all, I would much more enjoy proper mobile-friendly webpages (Which works on all platforms) instead of having to resort to an app for everything. The devices do have a browser for a reason, why do we really need an app for viewing what is essentially web data.

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      Creator Tiago Furtado on February 14, 2013

      Yup, seconding most opinions here and asking where is the Android app...

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      Creator patchie patch on February 14, 2013

      Kickstarter, you should have released Iphone and Android apps at the same time!

      it is after all more android users in the world.

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      Creator TheChosenOne on February 14, 2013

      When will there be put some effort into putting the normal website in order to offer more features and a good overview here?
      So hard to keep track of dozens of projects and getting no reminder of reminded projects with a poor system for rewardtiers and no edit function and all that.

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      Creator Ralph Chilton on February 14, 2013

      Android please!

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      Creator temp2264 on February 14, 2013

      +1 for Android as wel

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      Creator Can Com on February 14, 2013

      Windows 8 app!!! Your site already rocks...

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      Creator Dennis Shannakian on February 14, 2013

      I really hope there wil be an Android version out soon as well.

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      Creator Yulian Kuncheff on February 14, 2013

      Time for some Kickstarter Dogfooding. I would donate to a kickstarter campaign for a Windows Phone 8 app.

      Android is good too, I have a Nexus4, but I would love an app for my Lumia 920 which is my primary daily driver.

      Maybe 1 kickstarter for both. and have Android be the first goal, and WP8 be the second.

      I donate a lot on Kickstarter, and I would love to use it directly for my mobile. That or an equally well made mobile version of your site. IE10 is pretty caught up on standards compliancy.

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      Creator Ken Nickerson on February 14, 2013

      Really terrific design. The pull-down, image expansion (iOS) is new and tees-cool! Worth the wait, outstanding first release.

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      Creator Jason Hsu on February 14, 2013

      Android please.

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      Creator Edwardo on February 15, 2013

      Yes, Android please. And why don't you throw another idea of a survey tool for project creator during the funding process?

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      Creator Mark Canning on February 15, 2013

      Last time I checked android has the majority share of the smartphone market why release to iphone first?

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      Creator Richard NL on February 15, 2013

      Funnily enough there was a Kickstarter project for a Kickstarter mobile app a year ago. It got suspended.

      There's quite a few Kickstarter apps for Android already - although I'm not sure of their capabilities for project creators to check up on their own projects. For backers, though, quite a bit of choice.

      I do agree that launching a page /mobile and then being iDevice-only is worthy of the above comments.

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      Creator Michel on February 15, 2013

      Why a iAddict Mac one first? When does the Android version will be available?

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      Creator Richard NL on February 15, 2013

      @Michel - "Why first" is a simple answer - it's a lot easier to develop a consistent experience for iDevices (remember, very limited set of screen resolutions alone mean a lot less testing required). In addition, check out the Kickstarter projects geared toward mobile - iDevices are very well-represented compared to Android.. even if most of them are the so-manieth iPhone case/stand/connector. But I do hope an official Android app is forthcoming - soon. Until then, yay alternatives.

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      Creator Riki Insfran on February 15, 2013

      waiting for android version or mobile site version

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      Creator Michael Hartmann - OotG/Dream Traveller on February 15, 2013

      The app works great. I'm loving the push notifications.
      Two suggestions:
      1) Add pull to refresh for the comments.
      2) Make it possible to view the profile of other backers by tapping their avatar.

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      Creator Kyle Manley - Dream Traveller on February 15, 2013

      I concur with the pull to refresh, though I would add it to all "pages" of the app as well. But that is just the beginning, I would also love to see more effort put into tracking our own pledges, maybe a calendar for those of us who are monitoring several projects (starred and pledged), some type of notification settings would be nice (alert me when project hits so and so mark, for example). Still, a good start!

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      Creator Michelle "Kenobi" Osorio on February 15, 2013

      Agreeing with everyone else: I'd love to see an Android app. I'm sure you're already considering it or possibly developing it. Would love an update on when we can see it if it's in the works.

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      Creator Panos Siman on February 16, 2013

      +1 for Android version

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      Creator Porcupine on February 16, 2013

      Luckily, since everybody except Kickstarter realized long, long ago that a mobile widget to keep an eye on the evolution of one's backed projects is a necessity, a number of them already exist in the Android marketplace (as kludgy as they are). In unrelated news, the bets are now open on whether an official Android app, a project browsing / discovery system that's actually usable or the next end-of-the-world are the likeliest to arrive first.

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      Creator H. W. McCray on February 17, 2013

      The sad truth is that it's easier to go iOS first, because Android is a fragmented platform. That said, I want an Android version too! I do have an Android app I use for tracking projects, but it's rather limited.

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      Creator Randall B Middleton on February 17, 2013

      As I still carry a treo 680 I don't have a dog in this fight but I am leaning toward the android. That said as a business owner I am still looking for the app that I use ever day on the treo it can be discouraging. As a new member of the kickstarter concept I am finding this platform very well thought out and executed and with an approximate gross income of 21 million dollar the resources to address these concerns seems promising.

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      Creator Quikboy on February 17, 2013

      Please make one for Windows Phone 8 please! Keep it going Kickstarter.

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      Creator Timothy & Linda Toler on February 19, 2013

      ANDROID! The unofficial apps available are rather lackluster.

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      Creator Luka Dornhecker on February 20, 2013

      @H. W. McCray You don't have to support every android version out there. You could for example decide to only support android 2.3+ or 4.0+.
      I'd love to see an android kickstarter app. It's a pity many companies do iOS first and a half-assed android version later.

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      Creator Steve & Stefanie Dombek on February 20, 2013

      Coming at it from a creator perspective, the ability to add photo updates straight from the iPhone is a pretty cool feature. I can picture using that when my project goes live for quick updates amid the chaos.

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      Creator Harald Korneliussen on February 28, 2013

      H. W. McCray, for this kind of app, Android is not fragmented at all. You could probably make this kind of app with Android 1.0...

      Yeah, it's a bit annoying to see that the Kickstarter folks are so iFans that they launch a "mobile version" without even a hint of acknowledgement that there are other platforms than iPhone at all. Nor do they acknowledge that there are other social networks than Facebook, or (gasp!) even other payment providers than their owner Amazon.

      That said, right now e.g Kicktraq does a better job than Kickstarter themselves in providing statistics and oversight ... as long as KS aren't foolish enough to shut down great third party efforts like that, it hardly matters that they court their fellow iFans.

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      Creator Spinx Inc on March 4, 2013

      Such a nice app. We can easily analyze, search or funding for our projects on our iPhone or iPad. This mobile app also has nice design and layout.

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      Creator Tony Porter on March 5, 2013

      No Android app, disappointing.

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      Creator Christian Kroken on March 6, 2013

      Android app please. None of my friends use any iOS devices.

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      Creator Chris Patterson on March 6, 2013

      Yeah, there's a reason why there's only 49 likes on Facebook. Where's the Android love?

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      Creator Jeff on March 7, 2013

      Looks great - put me on the "Android please" list! :-)

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      Creator Jeff on March 7, 2013

      Looks great - put me on the "Android please" list! :-)

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      Creator Tim B on March 7, 2013

      Any word of a Windows Phone version? The community's body is ready.

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      Creator Evert Chin on March 9, 2013

      IMHO Android users are much more willing to support DIY innovative projects... so... please add Android support.

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      Creator Tiki C on March 9, 2013

      Android app for me, please!

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      Creator LordCrash - OD | OOoE | WoOS on March 9, 2013

      +1 for an Android version

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      Creator Silver on March 11, 2013

      I'd like an Android (Jelly Bean) version as well. Android is the market leader in activated devices anyway, so I don't see any reason to make the KS app iOS exclusive.

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      Creator Jalister - OOoE / WoOS / SoSR on March 11, 2013

      iPhone and Android should have been released at the same time, it's not like Android has a small market share. Being someone that will never own an iOS, +1 for Android version.