Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Dec 2007 22:57 UTC
Google "The software development kit for Google's Linux-based Android mobile phone operating system has been out in the wild for a over a month now, plenty of time for developers to form opinions of the platform and assess the capabilities of the API. The verdict from seasoned mobile software programmers is somewhat mixed; some are even expressing serious frustration."
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Can't be any worse than existing solutions!
by Timmmm on Thu 20th Dec 2007 00:31 UTC
Timmmm
Member since:
2006-07-25

The iPhone/iPod Touch doesn't currently have an SDK, and I doubt the promised one will be free (or allow unsigned apps which is basically equivalent).

MIDP is the most badly designed platform I've seen. Its biggest flaw is that the file access API doesn't have a seek function making it impossible to access large amounts of data (e.g. maps stored on a memory card). It also has a very unintuitive 'screen' model.

Blackberrys just look stupid. Who wants a tiny tiny elf keyboard?

Haven't tried developing on Symbian phones or anything else but I imagine they are equally annoying. Android really doesn't have to be spectacular to be better than the competition. And allowing third party apps to have equal rights to the built in ones is a pretty enticing prospect!

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Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

> Who wants a tiny tiny elf keyboard?

Apparently a lot of people since BlackBerry devices had big keys for the longest time, but the Treos came along with tiny tiny keys and after a few generations of those, the BlackBerry started coming with tiny keys too

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AmazingAndrex Member since:
2007-12-20

Well I guess it's good then that the first wild Android prototype is in that vein. (http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/android-hardware-in-the-wild/google-andr...)

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viton Member since:
2005-08-09

Haven't tried developing on Symbian phones or anything else but I imagine they are equally annoying.
I did a couple of projects for Symbian6 but that was awful ;)

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