Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Jun 2012 16:40 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Exactly six months ago, Eric Schmidt made a remark that in the near future, developers might want to focus on Android first, instead of iOS. While developers haven't moved to Android-first, iOS-later en masse, there's no denying that we're seeing more and more former iOS exclusives move towards Android.
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Android Dev
by Nelson on Thu 7th Jun 2012 19:31 UTC
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2005-11-29

has got to be the most frustrating, futile experience I've had on mobile. My god is it horrible.

Only recently did Android get an emulator that performed anywhere NEAR what competing platforms offer.

Besides, ROI isn't even that great. Android users have a lower propensity to pay for apps and piracy is rampant on the platform. Discovery on the marketplace is terrible compared to others.

Then there's the 80 or so resolutions you need to be aware of, the performance quirks from device to device (Notice how Apps usually say "Supports device XXX and supports device XXX" as opposed to "Supports ALL devices").

It's a load of bullshit, and I don't see how anyone would target Android first. Second of course, but first? No way in hell.

Instagram and other high profile apps come to Android because their business model permits it, and they want to grow their install base. Both which Android is very conducive to.

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RE: Android Dev
by WorknMan on Thu 7th Jun 2012 19:41 in reply to "Android Dev"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Instagram and other high profile apps come to Android because their business model permits it, and they want to grow their install base. Both which Android is very conducive to.


Really?

http://www.androidcentral.com/pocket-lead-developer-developing-andr...

If you're on a Windows box, you should check out Basic4Android ;)

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RE[2]: Android Dev
by Nelson on Thu 7th Jun 2012 19:51 in reply to "RE: Android Dev"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

There are literally 10 articles stating the opposite, for every one article supporting your position.

Android development is mildly frustrating.

Edit:

Reading that article, he takes a lot of my points, and tries to spin them in a positive light. Things like "get a device" the emulator was terrible, is exactly what I was saying.

The fact that compat libs exist, the fact that you need to actively canvas your userbase to make sure you're covering their devices (and even then, you're not hitting 100% coverage) is an annoyance.

Edited 2012-06-07 19:54 UTC

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RE: Android Dev
by Radio on Fri 8th Jun 2012 06:16 in reply to "Android Dev"
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2009-06-20

Only recently did Android get an emulator that performed anywhere NEAR what competing platforms offer.

Yeah, you just have to buy a mac. And a registration. And learn another variant of C.

Way to improve your ROI.

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RE[2]: Android Dev
by Nelson on Fri 8th Jun 2012 06:29 in reply to "RE: Android Dev"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29


Yeah, you just have to buy a mac. And a registration. And learn another variant of C.


For Windows Phone development I already had a PC. Microsoft SENT me a phone, for free AND gave me developer registration. For free. Plus, I already knew C# and XAML.

It's all relative to your existing skillsets. For example if someone followed your advice, they'd also be able to target the Mac App Store. They could optionally (if they know C#) use MonoTouch and the C# Bindings (and MonoMac for the Mac App Store).

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RE: Android Dev
by zima on Sun 10th Jun 2012 01:53 in reply to "Android Dev"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Instagram [...] business model

What?

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RE[2]: Android Dev
by Nelson on Mon 11th Jun 2012 05:41 in reply to "RE: Android Dev"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Lmao, touche

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