Please note, we don’t recommend that users run Mindings on an Android tablet other than for test or demonstration purposes. The best solution to run Mindings is:
An iPad 1 can be picked up from eBay or CeX for around £60 and it runs Mindings like a dream (it’s the set-up my own father has).
The Mindings Viewer App can be downloaded from the Apple App Store (currently being re-submitted, available hopefully in August 2017).
The first Mindings App
When Mindings first launched in 2011, it was originally an Android App.
Apple’s iPad was not even a year old, and we never imagined that anyone would fork out the iPad launch price of £429 – £699 just to run Mindings. So when we saw the first Android Tablet coming out for under £100 – a Binatone HomeSurf 8 – we thought that this could be the device to run Mindings.
After several years trying to support the myriad versions of the Android operating system, and the myriad variants of those operating systems working on different manufacturers devices – all with different screen sizes and aspect ratios, and most crashing for reasons we could never fathom, we decided to focus solely on supporting the Mindings Viewer App running on iOS, and withdraw the Android App.
That was certainly the right decision, as we only had to revise the iOS App once, and it proved to be rock-solid reliable and worked with all iPads.
Although we no longer support the Android App, users are welcome to download an install it on Android devices, as a method of trying out Mindings, if they happen to have an old Android tablet lying around. We strongly recommend that it’s not looked at as an alternative to the iPad App, as it is no-where as stable, and could crash in as little time as a few hours.
Download the Android App
You can download the App directly, by browsing to this page on your Android device, and clicking this link here.
Note: If you do install it from this web site then you may first need to configure your Android device so that it can run “Non Android Market” apps. The process for doing this varies from device to device, but on most devices you would click on “Settings” then “Security” then “Device Administrations” and tick the “Unknown Sources – Allow install of non-Market applications” option.
Mindings and older Android devices
These are the devices we had good experiences with in the early years, we leave this information here for the sake of reminiscence of our dalliance with Android, we are not recommending you part with your hard earned cash for any of these devices.
Note: one issue we had with several Android devices with ‘retina”-style screens was that they used more power than they drew, so the tablet would run the Mindings App for a number of hours (12 our so) and would gradually power down and switch off. This affected the early Google Nexus and Kindle Fire tablets.
Android v 4.0 (“Ice Cream Sandwich”)
Made by Archos, this was our tablet of choice for demonstrating Mindings in presentations, at conferences and exhibitions. It has a 10.1″ 16:9 1280×800 screen, a kickstand, and an optional 3G dongle.
Android v 4.0 (“Ice Cream Sandwich”)
This was the previous generation of Archos tablet and was our second tablet of choice, constantly running in our homes during development. It has an 8″ 4:3 1024×768 screen, a kickstand, and an optional 3G dongle.
Android v 3.0 (“Honeycomb”)
This tablet (4:3 aspect ratio 1280x800px) was our Technical Director Ian’s favourite Android device. It has a great build quality, is extremely stable, has a fabulously bright and sharp screen and technically was the first tablet to run Android 3.0 “Honeycomb”, the first tablet version of Android. The Mindings Android App is optimised for the Xoom and works particularly well on it. However the placement of the power socket prevents it from sitting in landscape orientation on a stand unless you purchase the separate official power dock.
Android v 2.2.1 (“Froyo”)
After the Binatone HomeSurf, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 was our testbed. It’s a very decent device, but it’s 16:10 1024×600 screen is surprisingly poor.
The biggest issue, however, is that the latest version of our App autostarts from bootup, and that can’t be done on Android 2.2 (Froyo) because you can’t switch off the screenlock which appears on start-up (unless anyone can tell us otherwise). Apart from that it works well.
Android v 1.6 (“Donut”)
This was actually the first Android Tablet we developed the App for, running on a very early version and buggy version of Android (made for phones – the first tablet version didn’t come until v3.0). Although not a good tablet (and with a particularly unresponsive resistive screen) it actually had a decent quality 4:3 800 x 600 display and with its attractive design and bright screen had a bit of a “wow-factor” when demoing Mindings in those early days. We loved the dock-stand with its pogo-pin power connector. Sadly they didn’t seem to have a long lifespan and one-by-one the ten devices we had all failed. However you can pick one up on eBay for around £10 so if you fancy getting that 2011 Mindings experience. Contact us to get a version of the App that will run on it, as we’d rather it wasn’t in the wild.