Letter to our Android backers, customers, and supporters
Dear Android user,
I want to take this opportunity to apologize for the abruptness of the November 13th Kickstarter announcement, to explain the background, and to update you on what we are doing to honor our commitment to provide Android users with the complete COOKOO watch experience.
At the onset of the COOKOO watch project, new Android phones claiming support for Bluetooth 4.0 were being announced and all indications were that these phones would fully support the Bluetooth Low Energy standard and that the APIs provided would be sufficient for app implementers. Our research supported this as the Bluetooth 4.0 chip vendor’s APIs and libraries were already available and seemingly provided the tools needed for successful implementations.
The team has been working since June on the Android app, and while we encountered several challenges resulting from both incomplete and varied Bluetooth 4.0 implementations on multiple phone platforms, we were optimistic that a suitable Android solution was both feasible and imminent.
All of these implementations, however, were based-on the BlueZ Bluetooth 4.0 stack that was common to all Android platforms prior to Android 4.2.
The Android 4.2 release announced on November 13th came without the traditional BlueZ Bluetooth 4.0 stack support in favor of a new Broadcom Bluetooth 4.0 solution . This came as a total surprise to the entire Bluetooth community. While this announcement promises a universal long-term Bluetooth 4.0 solution for Android, it means that our work will need to be redone for the newly released platform. Furthermore, the initial release did not include support for Bluetooth Low Energy:
“Android 4.2 introduces a new Bluetooth stack optimized for use with Android devices. The new Bluetooth stack developed in collaboration between Google and Broadcom replaces the stack based on BlueZ and provides improved compatibility and reliability.” – developer.android.com
We are anxiously awaiting updates to Android that expose the new Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy functionality promised in this Android release. More information on Bluetooth 4.0 in Android may be found in some of the Samsung , HTC , and Android blogs on the subject.
In the hopes of clarifying to our backers and customers alike the efforts that we have made towards a universal Android solution and to finding short-term phone-specific workarounds for underlying Android issues, I have included a detailed sequence of events after my signature.
Should you have any further questions or are developer who wishes to get involved, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Our hope is that by reaching out to the developer community we can work together to find the workarounds to support one or more of the existing phone platforms, and once the Android platform supports it, accelerate the development and release of the universal Android COOKOO watch experience.
For those Kickstarter backers who wish to delay the receipt of their watch until an Android solution is released, please email us by November 25th at email@example.com and we will hang on to your rewards and ship them at that time.
Thank you for your continued support as we work towards both a short-term and universal long-term Android solution.
We remain committed to providing the complete COOKOO watch experience for Android as soon as the Android platform supports it.