Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Apr 2010 22:19 UTC
Google Andy Rubin is a vice president for engineering at Google, and he is responsible for the Android mobile operating system project. He recently had an hour long chat with The New York Times' Brad Stone, sharing his insights into things like openness, the lack of secret APIs in Android, and several other things. Of course, the jabs at Apple were prevalent.
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by fuzzywombat on Wed 28th Apr 2010 12:21 UTC in reply to "RE: You guys are"
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I do think Android does have a lower barrier of entry than the iPhone development and here are some reasons why.

* Android market is $25 one time fee versus Apple's $99 per year fee. This could be an issue for many lone open source developers who are not seeking to profit from distribution of their software. Also to note Android platform allows distribution of software outside of Android market while Apple does not.

* Android development can be done on Windows, Mac, and Linux while iPhone development is Mac only.

* The mere idea of Apple's application approval process is a turnoff for most open source developers.

* Prior expertise with Flash development will transfer over to Android platform but not for iPhone development.

* There is already a large pool of Java developers that could jump onto Android bandwagon quickly however learning Objective-C may be somewhat of a challenge in the beginning for new iPhone developers.

* There seems to be much more open source applications available on Android platform than iPhone which can be a useful tool for learning how to develop for Android platform.

One area where iPhone does have an advantage in terms of lower barrier of entry is less fragmentation of hardware selection for iPhone and iPod touch. Android does have many levels of OS versions as well as vast selection of hardwares that have different capabilities that can cause support issues for Android developers. Having said that, iPhone OS is becoming fragmented as well. iPhone OS 4.0 will not work on 1st gen iPhone or iPod touch which means they are stuck with 3.1. Also iPhone 3G will run 4.0 but will not be able to multi task. Also the rumor is that soon to be released iPhone 4G will have a different screen resolution and pixel density than all iPhones prior to 4G. It appears iPhone platform isn't immune from fragmentation as some people thought it was.

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