May 21, 2014
Let’s be honest, going out and ordering drinks with friends can be a stressful endeavor for those unfamiliar with craft beers or those who cannot tell a 1996 Cabernet from a 2013 Merlot. Fortunately, smartphones have recently made this an easier experience with apps such as Shindig and Untappd. Android owners, however, have not had access to the former, but that is about to change; a recent KickStarter project has just been successfully funded that has allowed the developer of Shindig to bring its successful app to the Android side of the fence.
The iOS version of the app was given an “Editor’s Choice” rating by our sister website 148apps.com, and has found a devoted following that is constantly updating the drink database which is not just limited to mixed drinks but also includes craft beers and wines. No longer will Android users be blankly staring at the wine list before a big meal, and ordering a craft beer at that new bar down the street will be less of a shot in the dark.
Shindig keeps it simple. Instead of filling out a long list of criteria for each drink the user simply has to snap a picture and tag the drink from the aforementioned database. This is such a benefit because nobody wants to spend 5 minutes on their phones typing detail after detail while out at a bar with friends. Of course there are other details to add if there is time, such as location and a note, but these are strictly optional. And again, because all the information is crowdsourced there will always be up to date information on any brew or wine out there. Also, have a hankering for a really good Tom Collins? Just enter it into Shindig and it will displays all the bars in the area that serve that specific drink which is perfect for travelers or those just looking to explore and find new establishments in a familiar city.
As I stated earlier this project was just successfully funded, but there are still two days to go and every extra bit still helps and there are plenty of donation incentives to reward those who pledge and there definitely are plenty of reasons to support these developers. Part of the reason I like this project is the commitment to not just create a port of the existing iOS app. iOS and Android have differing design philosophies so just copying the style over from one platform to the other neglects the subtle differences that helps to create a seamless phone experience.