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1 ElCapitanAmerica  Dec 7, 2011 5:21:39pm

” You may hate us, but you can’t ignore us. Not the most developer-friendly stance I’ve ever seen.”

Developers don’t hate Android, and this is the first time I see anybody refer to Android as even potentially not “developer-friendly” which is ironic when compared to the iOS environment (and Apple’s restrictions).

2 MichaelJ  Dec 7, 2011 5:29:14pm

re: #1 ElCapitanAmerica

True enough. I amended ‘hate’ to ‘not like’. However, if the iOS environment is so restrictive, why do so many developers prefer it to the Android platform? He is complaining about the fact that so many developers release apps on iOS first and suggesting that Android will have such complete dominance in the market by next year that developers will have to develop for Android first, whether they like it or not. I don’t buy it. He also has similar lofty expectations for Google TV.

3 RadicalModerate  Dec 7, 2011 10:05:36pm

Here’s a response to Marco’s article from someone who develops both Google/Android and Apple/iOS applications:

Standing Up For Android

It seems these days you don’t have to go far to find people that want to belittle Android, often for reasons they feel are perfectively objective and valid. I’d call out Marco Arment and John Gruber as two of the biggest offenders, but the problem runs far deeper than that. Gruber plays with Android phones and always seems curious, but he’s someone who loves iOS, and just doesn’t get why people choose Android. As for Marco, how many Android apps has he made? 0 as far as we’re aware. He thinks it’s pointless, and would be a waste of his time. Would it? As someone who develops for both platforms, we’d like to delve a bit deeper here. This is for all the Marcos & Grubers of the world. Before we continue though, can we just note that I haven’t called Gruber or Marco a ‘fanboi’. I would love it if we could just erase that word from our vocabulary in 2012. To be clear: calling someone a ‘fanboi’ is not a valid argument, it’s just plain idiotic.

First some background. We’ve been in the iOS app store since August of 2008, which for those that are counting is only a month or so after it first launched. We’ve been on Android now for about a year. We make serious apps like Pocket Casts and Pocket Weather AU, things that take a lot of development effort and involve serious server back-ends. We’ve made enough money since then to support 2 full time staff, and 2 part time designers. Yes we’re the guys who had the run in with Amazon, the email from Steve Jobs, and we’re not millionaires.


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