Android Developers’ Misfortune
In contrast to iPhone and iPad developers, Android developers can not boast of the similar care and support from the manufacturer of their operating system. From the one point of view, it is, certainly, nice, as provides an unspeakable degree of independence and freedom. However, that freedom and lack of limitations are often grudged upon by common users who regularly accuse Android apps of the lack of quality and low performance level.
Google is really not interested in supporting developers who create apps for the Android platform. Neither it seems concerned with following some precise milestones or roadmaps which would significantly coordinate the overall platform activity. Only recently the company’s management stated that the platform may face a severe fragmentation issue if its releases follow one by one at the same speed. The problem turned out to be rather dangerous and has been taken quite seriously which in its turn has led to creating some roadmaps concerning releases of future iterations. From next year, Android developers will have just one OS release in a year, Gingerbread which is to be released at the end of this year is to be the last one in that endless and quite chaotic chain of upgrades.
Unfortunately, releasing the current version of the OS Google’s specialists were not that kind as to provide all the necessary information concerning its functionalities and abilities. That’s why it has come as some shock when Google’s officials stated that Froyo is not suitable for tablet devices, which means all the apps available at the Android Market and some other online app repositories will not run on the upcoming Android tablets. The same stands true for apps which Android developers could create using the available tools and the current OS. To make the things even more ironic the announcement came when a range of tablets which would have the Android OS installed had already been in production and to stop the process would mean to lose quite a significant sum of money.Such carelessness from Google’s side as well as some disregard towards others – both third-party developers and manufacturers – can not but provoke infuriation and distrust. Most analysts supposed that such attitude is in line with a long-term strategy of the company to deliver its own tablet device and diminish the number of potential competitors from the very beginning. Concerning Google’s own tablet, the company’s plans are quite misty but, nevertheless, such attitude doesn’t contribute to developers’ loyalty.
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