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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chithanh
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2006-06-18

The barrier to entry for Android app development is much lower than for the competing platforms.

A $300 PC/notebook running the OS of your choice, with a $150 Android phone and a $25 publisher account (one-time registration fee) will get you started.

In contrast, developing e.g. for iOS means you need expensive Apple hardware and a $99 per year Apple developer account. Symbian/WP7 also demand yearly payments.

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Modafinil Member since:
2012-04-28

The barrier to entry for Android app development is much lower than for the competing platforms.

A $300 PC/notebook running the OS of your choice, with a $150 Android phone and a $25 publisher account (one-time registration fee) will get you started.


You can even forget the phone if you are on a tight budget and just develop on the emulator. Even the publisher account fee doesn't need to be paid until you've actually developed an app and want to publish it.

So basically the only barrier to entry is a PC and an internet connection to download the SDK.

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dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Google is shooting themselves in the foot by not supporting Eastern European and developing countries in the market. These are the places where the dev kit cost truly makes a difference.

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