There’s one reason for this: Adobe’s mobile strategy puts Apple fans first, and Android users aren’t happy about it.
That’s the setup for a statement released by Adobe this morning titled “What about Android?” In it, Adobe promises: “we didn’t forget you Android.” The company said Android users will see new apps “starting in summer 2015,” but didn’t offer specific release dates.
Adobe isn’t sharing which apps will see an Android release, but potentials include Adobe Ideas, Adobe Slate, Adobe Voice, Photoshop Mix, Color CC, and Shape CC. Adobe also says it’s still “eagerly developing an Android version of the Creative SDK” (we already knew that), with the hopes that third parties will develop Creative Cloud-integrated Android apps someday.
Here’s Adobe’s full statement on the matter [emphasis ours for your skimming pleasure]:
An update on mobile support.
Our vision for our mobile apps is to push the boundaries of where and how you can create. Whether you’re capturing inspiration on the go, sketching your ideas on the fly or compositing photos, these mobile apps are fundamentally connected by your Creative Profile and help make your graphics, colors, brushes available to you as you move from app to app and from your phone to desktop.
While we initially launched these apps on iOS, we didn’t forget you Android. We’re working hard to develop Android phone support for some of our most popular apps. But we want to do it right, in a way that complements the strengths of the Android user experience and design. While we can’t offer specific release dates, you should expect to see the first of these apps starting in Summer 2015.
We’re also eagerly developing an Android version of the Creative SDK, which powers both Adobe and third-party apps. This SDK will allow the creation of more Android apps that connect you to your Creative Profile wherever you are.
As of now, there are Android phone apps available for the creative social network Behance, Behance Creative Portfolio, Creative Cloud file management, and Lightroom.
Stay tuned for more updates as summer approaches.