You may remember that I joined Freetrade back in April to work on the Android app and may also be wondering where I’ve been since then! Well, Freetrade was a very different company 7 months ago than it is now (there were only 10 of us, and I was the second engineering hire).
The engineering team had a very busy summer trying to get everything ready for the 18th of September and I just didn’t have time to spend on the Android app as originally planned. By focusing on launching the platform on iOS we managed to ship it sooner and our initial iOS customers have ironed out a lot of issues with it. I know a lot of people are frustrated that iOS came first as always in UK fintech… sorry guys. Rest assured that Android does have a lot of love at Freetrade - @JamesStorer , @Ian and @Viktor are all Android users desperate to have their account available on their personal phones, and it won’t be a second class citizen now that we have the capacity to build it. You may have noticed that even the iOS app has a very Material Design look about it and that’s no coincidence! I’m glad that at least some Android users managed to onboard on iPads or old iPhones.
Anyway, now that we’ve successfully launched and ironed out the issues I’ve been able to spend some time on the Android app again. The advantage vs 7 months ago is that I now know a LOT more about stockbroking, how our entire platform fits together and all of the lessons learned building the iOS app. So I’m confident we can deliver an excellent Android app. It’s a bit too early to give a timeline right now, but I’ll give updates here as I go.
The Android waitlist app is finished - we’re just doing some final testing and will be releasing it on the Play store very soon. Here’s a quick sneak preview:
One last thing!
We’re recruiting for a Senior Android Developer at the moment (and Mid/Juniors with Android experience may also apply). If you know anyone who you think would be a good fit then send them our way and the full launch on Android can happen sooner!