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Is anyone else excited for Ice Cream Sandwhich? 3 Replies

Google really sounds like they starting to pay real attention to detail for Ice Cream Sandwhich. I can't wait! …Continue

Started by Jason Axelson. Last reply by Jason Axelson Nov 17, 2011.

Android IME service programming

Hi all, I ran into a problem with implementing an IME application.  I'm writing an IME that can use multiple input methods.  So the package has 3 services, one per input method.  The problem is, the…Continue

Started by Jimen Ching Oct 8, 2011.

Support Bounce Property for Scrollview in Android 4 Replies

In IPhone, scrollView.bounce is used to control the nice bouncing behavior for scrolling.Let's create the similar support in Android :)First, create a custom viewpublic class…Continue

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Started by WatchSound. Last reply by simone Jan 23, 2011.

Android in China -- oPhone 1 Reply

Thought this was particularly interesting. Although Android is becoming the dominant mobile platform in China that might not be a good thing because China has produced it's own variant on a fork of…Continue

Started by Gus Higuera. Last reply by Daniel Leuck Jul 22, 2010.

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Comment by Konstantin A Lukin on April 16, 2010 at 8:54am
I think Apple does a better job at luring customers. Google is more into openness of technology. Google's main revenue is Ads, not Apps. Adds run on all Apps, paid or free. Google's app market is an opportunity for developers to write any app in open API. Sync wise, Google's main focus is on the cloud. There are simply clear differences between Google and Apple strategy. Apple products are more consumer oriented. Google is pursuing technological ideals. Google's customer is a developer. Apple's customer is an average person. Both companies have a clear demand for their services. While Google is defining standards, Apple is capitalizing on proprietary means. Personally I'd be more into Android development than Objective-C.

I think Android has potential to go far, likely outpacing iPhone OS in terms of functionality relatively quickly. However, most consumers value user experience first, available features second. That's why iPhone OS has a nice grip, while giving Google breathing space to experiment with open API. I think these companies are not in real competition right now. iPhone is for an average consumer, Android is for an open minded techie.

(this conversation should probably have it's own discussion space)
Comment by Les Vogel on April 14, 2010 at 10:31pm
Yes, but there are at least 200 that make over 10k / month and a few that make $40k/month. I think it's worth playing with.

As I recall, the video discussed a few other markets besides matching markets. Though that was a major point.
Comment by Les Vogel on April 14, 2010 at 10:19pm
When Android market launched, it didn't allow paid apps.

I'll try to find some documentation to better explain myself in the morning.

The video was on designing markets and what can and does go wrong with them.
Comment by Les Vogel on April 14, 2010 at 9:49pm
What I'm trying to say is that Apple did a better "Market" design that Google. I'm talking about: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8717497583686568676#
Comment by Les Vogel on April 14, 2010 at 9:48pm
Actually, the average price of apps is slightly lower in the Android Market. (It's way higher on Blackberry and you've got bigger volume than iPhone there)
Comment by Les Vogel on April 14, 2010 at 9:35pm
Actually it has nothing to do with Longevity. A lot of apps folks wanted to give away initially, Apple asked the developers to charge for. They then initially approved quite a few paid apps to mix in w/ the free.

With Android, there was no developer help from Google on things like pricing, so Android isn't as good a market. That doesn't mean folks don't make money. It's just not as easy.
Comment by Les Vogel on April 14, 2010 at 8:35pm
Apple worked to make the Market place stable and profitable. I wish Google would do something similar.
Comment by Konstantin A Lukin on March 16, 2010 at 9:03pm
Android Market tops 30,000 apps

Although they would not include numbers on paid versus free, stat site AndroLib says the ratio is about 39 percent to 61 percent, with free in the clear lead.

In comparison, the Apple app store has about 150,000 apps currently available, with both markets growing very quickly.
 

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