Tile, a small finder device that uses a crowdsourced network of users to help find lost items, has announced the availability of an App for Android devices. Tile, one of the most successful self crowdfunding campaigns of all time, quickly launched on iOS but has now released their widely anticipated software for Android. Simultaneously Tile shared that all pre-orders have shipped to customers as they have shifted to wide availability on e-commerce sites.
The new app will work on most devices running Android 4.4+ and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE 4.0) and is said to have been optimized for the Galaxy S5, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, HTC One and HTC One M8. Tile plans to support more Android devices in the future. Tile expects the new app will dramatically extend their global network which they claim is currently the largest finder network worldwide.
“We’ve been working incredibly hard on building our app for Android, and we are thrilled to finally deliver it to consumers,” said Tile’s co-founder and COO Mike Farley. “Tile is about saving people time and helping them keep track of their belongings better. The Android platform represents about 85 percent of the global smartphone market, so by expanding to Android we are empowering almost anyone with a smartphone to join our ever-expanding community and help our existing user base find lost items through our Mark as Lost feature.”
Tile was founded by CEO Nick Evans and COO Mike Farley. Prior to founding Tile, Nick had experience working at Lockitron and Pebble Watch. Lockitron ran one of the first succesful self-crowdfunding campaigns having developed the crowdfunding software to manage the project. Following the successful pretail project, Tile went on to raise over $13 million in funding from big name investors.
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