Godox finally launches Android app for the A1 – but only for some phones
Almost a year later than originally scheduled, Godox has finally released an Android app for the Godox A1 mobile flash trigger. The A1 was launched in August last year. Originally it came with just an iOS app, and an Android app was to come in September 2017. Well, only 2 days away from August 2018, the Godox A1 finally works with Android.
There’s also a new firmware available for the Godox A1 to go along with it. But, there’s a catch. It only works on select Huawei and Samsung phones. Or at least, you only get complete functionality with some phones. Let me explain.
There are two basic ways in which you can use the app.
- As a controller for your lights when using your “real camera”. You set your power levels and adjust your lights using the app, and then the Godox XPro or X1T trigger sits on your hotshoe in “App” mode. This tells your lights to fire using whatever settings the A1 has told them to be at.
- To allow you to shoot photos with your phone’s camera incorporating flash.
The first in that short list was my primary use for the Godox A1 when I was still using iPhones. But since I switched over to the ASUS ZenFone 4 at the end of last year, I’ve not been able to use my Godox A1 at all. Now, though, with the GodoxPhoto app installed on my new ASUS ZenFone 5, I’m good to go. The app installs just fine and fires my Godox TT600, AD200, AD360II and AD600Pro lights.
I just can’t do that second thing. And it’s that second option is that’s currently limited to specific phones. The devices supported at the moment are…
- HUAWEI Mate9 Pro
- HUAWEI mate9
- HUAWEI p10
- HUAWEI p10plus
- SAMSUNG S8
- SAMSUNG S8+
- SAMSUNG Note 8
- SAMSUNG s9
- SAMSUNG s9+
I’ve been told by Pixapro, the main Godox distributor in the UK, that other devices and manufacturers will be added in the future, but they haven’t said yet when that support might arrive.
So, if you’re an Android user who bought a Godox A1 a year ago, you can now finally use it.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.