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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RE[2]: Android Dev
by Nelson on Fri 8th Jun 2012 06:29 UTC 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[3]: Android Dev
by dsmogor on Fri 8th Jun 2012 06:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Android Dev"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Aren't you just an exception? I heard WP development required $100 key to fully utilize SDK or use the store (don't remember).
As for MS giving out devices, they had to generate that %1 marketshare somehow ;) .

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RE[4]: Android Dev
by Nelson on Fri 8th Jun 2012 07:47 in reply to "RE[3]: Android Dev"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Not really, dev registration is also free if you're a student, or part of Nokia's developer network. Nokia seeds thousands of phones (They sent me a Lumia 800).

Anyone who really shows initiative can realistically get a device if obtaining one is an issue. Nokia is currently running a contest whereby you submit two apps and they send you a free phone.

The barrier for entry is significantly lower than Android.

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RE[3]: Android Dev
by jnemesh on Fri 8th Jun 2012 20:03 in reply to "RE[2]: Android Dev"
jnemesh Member since:
2008-04-08

Yup, MS is pulling out all the stops to bribe devs to make decent apps for their failing platform. Not surprising.

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