Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Feb 2013 22:08 UTC
Google "Stitcher Radio, one of the most popular news, radio and podcast apps on Android recently underwent a complete redesign. Lead Android developer at Stitcher, Tyler Pearson, was kind enough to take some time out of his day after the launch of the new app to talk to us. We had a chance to (virtually) sit down and talk to Tyler about their newly redesigned Android app, Google design guidelines and the state of the Android ecosystem." The rate at which Android applications improve thanks to Holo and Google's guidelines is astonishing. There's more and better Holo applications every day, and my self-professed credo to only install Holo applications - 'Holo or nono' - requires zero effort these days. That nonsense about Android applications being inferior to those of other platforms? A bunch of outdated nonsense.
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Video Codecs and fragmentation
by thesunnyk on Sun 10th Feb 2013 06:01 UTC
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Apparently a huge amount of the reason that iOS development is quicker than Android development is DRM and video codec support. With iOS this is really convenient, whereas with Android there are several different types of hardware out there with various levels of support.

The hardware is probably a reason why Android 4.x still hasn't gained traction: The older phone simply cannot support the new Android. Hopefully this will change in the next year or so, when even cheap smartphones are Jelly-bean capable.

I believe a second part is of iOS being what I'm calling a "designer's ghetto". All the guys who loved Flash and couldn't do proper web design left and went to iOS, where they're all there making visually pretty but inconsistent and stupid experimental UIs. Android works a lot like the web, where you don't control the exact layout of your app, rather the general "vibe" of it. Smart designers are going to be able to thrive in this environment. Unfortunately, the tooling still isn't up to scratch.

Hopefully when designers actually get off their arse and start designing as opposed to crapping on about how important their job is, we'll end up with better apps eventually.

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