Re to dev: it's not just me, you seem to have a number of 1 stars for this update. I am a developer, there are better and less intrusive ways to protect downloads. The new data download is poorly designed and does not work. Having to login with Google to download is stupid and unnecessary. The touch event registration in the search feature is slow, it takes at least 3 seconds to check an item that you touch. You use to be able to fast scroll through the list of birds by running your finger over the letters on the right side, this functionality seems to have been removed. The old design may have been dated, but the new design is ugly. The data at the core of the app is still good if you can get it to download.
Of the few serious birding apps, this used to be the best, the quickest most nimble. But as features were added it now constantly stops and must be restarted each time. Reinstalling does not fix which forces me to use other birding apps. Updated: with each update this app continues to become less useful in the field. In their attempt to tie the app to the internet they make it worse. No matter how many times the app is uninstalled/reinstalled and data AGAIN downloaded the app malfunctions. Too bad the developers couldn't quit while they were ahead.
I've had this app for a while andon previous reviews rated it one star. because ofthe difficulty of downloading the database over again. However ,now they have made the database update optional and added "birds near me" feature. I must say it's hard to imagine it being a better app. Nice job folks
Android support has been very, very slow. The developer is an apple fan. Their describing it as "including Birds Around Me" is misleading. It does not. It ALLOWS you to PURCHASE that, at extra cost. Android users should not hold their breath for features long a part of the apple version of this product, nor hope for the same features to be eventually included without an extra charge. Finally being given the option of downloading database to SD card is good. It has lots of bells and whistles, but I'll see if this app has yet improved enough for me to find it useful. Recently having the offline database vanish due to a program bug wasn't a good thing. Due to usability problems with it, I've been exclusively using the excellent Sibley Birds of North America app. To Dev: It's good you edited your response from, "Your (sic) so wrong", since you STILL have in your product description, "Now includes Birds Around Me." WITHOUT MENTIONING THAT IT IS NOT INCLUDED, BUT INSTEAD AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT EXTRA COST.. The disappearing database was indeed a problem. Slow support for Android has been the case. Those three points in my review are not "so wrong." I don't rate based others' ratings.
I love the birdsong feature. I've used iBird for quite a while. The pictures are great, the search feature helpful, and it's so portable. I download the database so I can use it wherever. But since birdsong is so challenging for me, I especially love the songs.
Can't get offline database to work, despite multiple tries. And now it runs super super slow, making it basically useless UPDATE: Thanks! I should have contacted you first, I apologize. It works now, and it's great. I updated my star rating, love the app.
eBird Mobile lets you record the birds you see, adding them to eBird with ease