The Collins Bird Guide app is now available to download on Android. It's currently listed as "Unreleased" on the Play Store; that just means there are likely to be some optimisations and bug fixes over the coming week as more users install it on different devices. Purchasing the Bird Guide app now is no different from purchasing a "released" app, and you'll get updates to improve performance and fix bugs just as you would with any other app on the Play Store. (See also Know Issues at the foot of this page)
The app runs on Android OS 5 and later. We strongly recommend users update their phone's OS to the latest version possible before downloading the app. You will require at least 450 MB of space to install the app.
We've tested the app on as many device and Android combinations as possible but we are aware that we have not been able to be totally exhaustive. If you encounter an issue with the Bird Guide app on Android, we recommend restarting your device. However, even if this was successful in fixing this issue, please still report the problem to email@example.com. Remember to include which phone/tablet you are using and which version of Android you are running. The app is quite large and will take some time to load the first time you run it.
The app has been designed to give intuitive navigation on Android, and contains the same great features as the iOS app including search, filter, and compare.
Many species have a Compare icon, which gives access to a pre-selected list of confusion species.
Or you can create your own side-by-side comparisons by selecting Compare in the menu.
Tapping the filter button allows you to search by attributes, such as plumage colour, side, or location.
The app can be set to five languages – English, French, German, Norwegian and Swedish – and contains bird names in 18 languages, including Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian.
Nexus 5X: Users may experience an issue where, following install, images and sounds do not appear in the app. To fix this issue, go to Settings on the phone, Backup & Reset, and turn off Automatic Restore, then delete and reinstall the app.
Failed to install extension pack error: A very small number of devices may display this message following first launch. The cause of this error is unknown so please report it to us along with the device you are using, the Android version it is funning, and if the app is being installed to the phone's internal memory or an SD card. It may be possible to fix the error by either updating the device to the latest Android version or restarting the phone. Regardless of the outcome, please do contact us to let us know as we try and get to the bottom of what is causing the issue.