I am going to go ahead and bump this again. Code School, I am using your service to prep for a highly selective boot camp in Chicago (Fullstack) after deciding to make a huge career lefy turn into software engineering and web dev.
In my case, I think it is where that left turn was FROM that makes my opinion one I think you will want to consider. A few years back I earned an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan--Ann Arbor (at the time of my matriculation Ross was ranked 5th nationally by Business Week, had recently been ranked 1st nationally by the Wall Street Journal, and consistently has programs and specialties rank among the top 5 or top 3 in U.S. News and World Report. My concentrations were marketing, strategy and innovation/entrepreneurship, with a heavy course emphasis on business IT courses.
Recently there was an article published about the substantial minority of people that are Macbook users for their computers but Android users for phones and/or tablets; what's more, a substantial percentage of this demographic is in the development community. In other words, while I don't argue that developing a video-viewing app for Android devices is addressing a niche audience, I strongly believe that said niche is substantial and loyal enough to justify the business sense of the Android app. I cannot recall specifically were, but I can remember that it was from a respectable source. If knowing that source would make or break the argument, feel free to get in touch with me via my account contact information and I will make an honest effort to find the citation.
I don't think it should extend beyond the video-viewing capacity of the iOS app. But, as a paid subscriber, I can tell you without hesitation that using some of my otherwise "down" time (e.g. riding the train) to listen to my current level video or revisit key concepts in previous videos. It would allow me to take my valuable coding time at my Macbook and concentrate on the coding challenges and projects 100% of the time, leading to a superior user experience.
Everything else about your product is superior, Code School! I started with Codecademy, but left frustrated at the lack of additional features and content in their premium subscription service. Code School has since blown Codecademy out of the water both in quality of instructional material, cognitive dissonance and higher-level learning skills invoked by the challenges, and far-more-in-depth approach to the content than is available with Codecademy. And I know many others feel the same way.
To prioritize just getting a user-friendly non-mobile-browser-based app that allows subscribers to view videos (and--importantly and additionally--download a protected copy of the videos in the app for offline viewing when a data connection is unavailable) represents an opportunity that is a win-win for the users and for Code School. IMHO, the Android app would make Code School the indisputable market leader, greatly satisfy a minority but substantial part of the dev (and aspiring dev) community from which Code School draws its subscribers, and result in a surge of goodwill for Code School among that loyal Android/Macbook combo niche that will invariably spill over into the rest of the target demographic and result in a gain in market share.
Thanks for listening, and I hope you will take this request, alongside the many others, for an Android video viewing app as an indication of what a potentially rewarding opportunity such development represents.
All the best,