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post #31 of 40
the reason pcs with varying hardware survived is through standard device drivers, APIs and hardware abstraction layers for each OS. Phones need to get up to that level.
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Hmm as a android dev my self who is semi-active, i have to say the GUI app development is just plane sicksmiley.png , stupid nonsense about not being able to drag your button where ever you want and have to use predefined areas, ugly non-organized properties panel, ugly ui buttons.

I have to admit as much as i like the android platform and developing for it, the windows phone platform from waht iv seen seems soooo good just because I am used to c# and .NET, simple drag and drop and off you go to code and your done, no need to worry about button placement, linking, etc.
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Video of user stumbling through writing code in Eclipse has nothing to do with the article.
    
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So I guess Rovio who has stated countless times they make over 10 times more money with their Android versions of Angry Birds is wrong? Android is more than sustainable and has nearly the entire mobile industry on their side. Android devices out sell Apple devices, Android Market is now starting to dominate Apple's App Store, the worlds BEST mobile hardware runs Android. Even car manufacturers have started to integrate Android into the core of their vehicles. All this since mid 2008. Yeah Google is just shaking in their collective boots.
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I hate saying it, but the only advantage to Android is that it's not iOS. I have an android phone and an android tablet, so I'm not saying this as a fan of Apple, but android is not a good OS. It functions and it's an alternative to iOS. That about sums up its advantages. It has horrible fragmentation (yet, regardless, apparently iOS apps have higher crash trends than the same ones on android).

That being said, at the moment, developers would be foolish to pull out of android support. You'd be losing over 50% of your potential market. Unless you can recover those costs by developing exclusively for iOS, you'd be in a weaker position (yes, I'm assuming that for the moment, android and iOS are the only realistic options). You might have to spend more dev hours building an android app than you would on an iOS app, but you'll retain your status and revenue stream.

We still have developers working on things for PC's, despite a virtually infinite set of configurations possible.
    
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Bah... if you don't like supporting multiple devices you're in the wrong business or you should work for Apple.
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We all know the Android platform stinks, how is this news?
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Originally Posted by BlackVenom View Post

Bah... if you don't like supporting multiple devices you're in the wrong business or you should work for Apple.

Yeah. But even devs for apple products are starting to feel the burden--there are, what, 15-20 different hardware platforms for iOS devices (I haven't counted the number of iOS devices + hardware revisions for each). Two of my friends work on mobile app development--for both iOS and android--and they say they don't really notice a huge difference anymore between making a product for iOS vs. android, and that coding for iOS devices is not as simple as it used to be. I'm sure this varies from app to app though.
    
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If iOS would have real widgets and be able to sync music with WMP or Winamp then I'd consider it. But as it stands now I hate iTunes with a passion.
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The video tried to show Android development sucking, it just looked to me to show that developing on WP7 is the bee's knees. tongue.gif

iOS was far closer to Android than to WP7.
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