Certain functions of the VARIO app are only available under iOS. iOS, and also the Apple operating systems iPadOS and macOS, offer (integrated) functions in their core, which allow professional use of “musical” functions. In our case, this concerns mainly the audio and MIDI functions listed above.
Music applications are very demanding here, e.g. in terms of timing (think of the beat of a metronome). The uninterrupted playback of audio streams, as required when playing back samples, is also a mandatory prerequisite, as is the most immediate playback of sounds (the so-called latency).
Unfortunately, some (not all!) Android devices already fail to establish a stable MIDI connection. 🙁
In addition, there is the following aspect which is often overlooked: the available app landscape is (unfortunately) much less musical under Android than under iOS/iPadOS. Users can choose from a wide range of partly very sophisticated applications in the Apple environment. In addition, the core functions described above often allow an exchange within the music applications. An example: the VARIO app for iOS records data via MIDI recorder, which can then be passed on directly to a notation application or audio editing. This is, in a way intuitive for our target groups, not available in the Android world.
Nevertheless, there are applications for Android devices that you can use with the VARIO digital system. We would like to introduce some of them to you here: