You could try getting an idea from the support team with the contact form. If you get an automated response directing you back to the community or to the help pages, make sure to reply to it directly to speed things along.
Frustrating. Lack of feature parity accorss platforms for an app supporting a subscription service is not acceptable, imo. We're all paying the same monthly fee, yet users of some platforms routinely get features before others. Plenty of software companies manage cross-platform, simultaneous, feature-identical releases, even when those platforms are wildly different (tripple A games developers, for example), so why do some mobile developers continue to find it so difficult? Release should be simultaneous for all paying customers, regardless of their platform of choice, and feature-identical (hardware permitting).
I am an Android user as well and I feel your frustration. However, the simplest reason why you'll see many apps being introduced to iOS products before you see them on Android is because of demographics and simplicity. While you're correct that there are more Android devices, Apple holds the greatest market share of any device manufacturer. That said, when developers are writing code for apps, it's simpler to do it for iOS because they only have a small handful of screen sizes to deal with (4th and 5th generation iPod & iPhone, iPad Mini and iPad). Plus, with some small exceptions, everyone who owns an Apple device has the latest version of the OS. It's far easier for app developers to write code for only one OS.
As I understand it, the newest Android OS, Kit Kat 4.4, is going to help tremendously. Almost every Android device will be able to operate Kit Kat. This includes devices with as little as 512 MB of RAM (those would be the original 4G devices that came out about 3 years ago, some people still have those).
While Kit Kat will help close this app roll out gap, Apple will still have a leg up since they only have about 4 screen size choices to deal with. Let's put it this way, Samsung devices... alone, have more than 4 screen sizes. This is the double edged sword Android users have to deal with when it comes to having more freedom of choice, customization and development over iOS.
That's weird. I could have sworn that the original announcement included the words "Spotify Connect will roll out to Spotify Premium subscribers on iPhone, iPad and home audio systems over the coming months, with Android and desktop updates to follow."
Sorry, I wasn't clever enough to put "original announcement Spotify Connect" when I was searching the support pages. The pages I found wasn't very transparent that it's an iOS feature only at the moment.
Yeah so there isn't any mention of this being iOS only on the Spotify pages talking about it. I have just bought one of the compatible Pioneer wireless speakers exclusively to use this function with my android device, only to now discover (after looking online quite a bit before buying) that this only works with iOS. Not even with the standard Windows desktop software!
I believe that connect is still rolling out to users and a Premium account is needed to use it. The list of compatible Pioneer devices is shown here. All connect hardware works with both iOS and android devices. Connect for the desktop client would be awesome and may happen once it is fully rolled out on android/iOS.
I had to update my pioneer speaker firmware and it works fine. As I said, Connect is still rolling out to android users but when you have it, the connect icon will show at the bottom of the album cover view
Yes it show greyed out in cover view and not at all in the play bar. Once you power on a hardware device, (waits for his speaker to boot up) the display is the same but clicking on the grey speaker icon from cover view enables you to select your speakers after which yu see a green speaker in cover view and in the play bar at the bottom in other views.