Linked by David Adams on Thu 15th Dec 2011 21:17 UTC, submitted by fran
Apple The Guardian reports on some statistics showing developer income and download statistics for Android vs iOS apps. From The Guardian "Will more developers remove their iOS blinkers in 2012 ? There is some new research to chew over on this matter. We'll start with analytics firm Flurry, which regularly publishes stats on trends among the 55,000 developers using its tools in their apps"
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Android needs a real IDE/SDK
by MajorTom on Sun 18th Dec 2011 22:10 UTC
MajorTom
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2005-07-09

I'm a fan of Android. If you ask me, ICS is the pinnacle of mobile OS's and even has a strong potential to become a desktop OS in a not too distant future.

BUT... Developing for Android looks like a torture. Eclipse, The Eclipse Android plugin, lacking documentation. That's one thing I will give to iOS (probably the only one): Xcode 4 is wonderful, integrated. Installed in two minutes, you write your Hello World app in ten minutes without previous knowledge of the language. Of course Obj-C may seem like an awkward choice, but it's mostly syntaxic sugar (bitter-sweet sugar).

It looks like doing the same on Android is one day worth of installing the SDK, googling, understanding obnoxious things, installing plugins, uninstalling plugins, installing the right version of another plugin and one day worth of programming, due to bad documentation. And Eclipse... Hello, an IDE in Java? (I know, I know, Java isn't slow, it's only perceived as slow. But that's a strong perception). After two days, you should have your helloworld.apk and lost any willingness to program for it.

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