Björk’s Biophilia app has at last seen the light of day on Android devices, two years after it was first released for iPhone and iPad.
Like the iOS version the app features all 10 songs from the corresponding album, with the addition of mini-games, art and essays to accompany the music. Sadly the singer’s orange wig (pictured above) is sold separately.
Priced at £8.49 in the Google Play store, a post on Björk’s blog reveals the singer’s intention to reach as many people as possible with the app:
“It’s had a great run so far, but in order to reach more people, we decided it was important for the app to be available for Android phones as well. Björk’s vision of the Biophillia app has always been for it to be available as widely as possible, and Android is an important factor for this.”
Björk had initially hoped to fund Android and Windows 8 versions of the Biophilia app through Kickstarter, but was quickly closed after only managing to reach a fraction of its £375,000 budget. The campaign started in January 2013 and reached just £15,370 after 10 days.
The app was subsequently ported to Android from iOS with help form the creative partner Snibbe Studio.
The blog post goes on to explain: “They came up with a new way of converting apps to Android that costs a whole lot less and takes far less time than previously expected. So we withdrew the Kickstarter campaign and a few short months later, they’re telling us the apps are ready.”
It concludes, “luckily for us, technology had developed so now it is possible to do this at a fraction of the cost.”
So, for dedicated Android users who never got the opportunity to experience the Biophilia properly the first time around, head over to Google Play now where you can download the app.