Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 17:35 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Ian G. Clifton: "Early on, iOS did a lot to push mobile devices forward and helped set bars in a lot of areas for other platforms to meet. Unfortunately, iOS has not changed much lately and in some ways hurts Android when used as the 'golden standard' due to its limitations. A lot of the harm isn't realized by consumers, but Android developers encounter it constantly when something has to be done 'the iOS way' or an Android feature is not even considered because iOS cannot do the same."
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by Tony Swash on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 18:17 UTC
Tony Swash
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2009-08-22

Couldn't resist the Ballmer quote.

Doesn't this issue of an unwelcome (for some) tendency of iOS to set the framework or motif for Android app development simply reflect the general level of focus by developers on the two platforms. iOS seems to loom larger to developers which in turn is the result of the fact that developers can make (in general) much more money on iOS compared to Android which in turn reflects the fact that iOS seems to function better at being a platform that attracts paying customers.

It reminds of the darkest days of the Windows hegemony when software often came to the Mac platform second and when it did come to the Mac it was all too often wrapped in ugly Windows UI design. That was deeply irritating but I sort of understood even at the time that developers on the whole would ultimately just follow the money and back then the money flowed through Windows. Now the money mostly flows through iOS.

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