Misguided Developers: Apple dominates mobile development now, but “open” will win in the end

The way developers see it, Apple might be dominating the game today but in the long-term, it will be Google and its open platform approach that will take the top honors.

Right. Just like Linux with its “open platform approach” took “top honors” on the desktop. Which reminds me, is this The Year Of Linux again?

Anyway, you can develop an app taking advantage of unique hardware and software with off the charts customer satisfaction scores, or you can write lowest-common-denominator code in Java or Flash on wildly fluctuating devices. The choice is yours.

I’ve said before that Google can have all the philosophical/political developers they want. I still believe that. I’ve seen no correlation between a developer’s politics and ability to code.

Consumers just want a really great app. Whether the developer can also sell it on a dozen other devices doesn’t mean diddly to a typical end user (you know, the ones developers should be trying to sell to). Further, whether an app is “open” is irrelevant in a tech world where the meaning of that word has been twisted by every corporate entity to mean whatever it needs to in order to fit their marketing plan.

The “open” advocates are misguided believing they don’t want to buy or code for an Apple device because the six-inch high “wall” around Apple’s “garden” has only allowed over 39,000 developers and 225,000 apps—way more than competitors’ alleged “open” systems have—but it’s the theory, not the practice, that matters to such people.

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3 thoughts on “Misguided Developers: Apple dominates mobile development now, but “open” will win in the end

  1. “The way developers see it, …”Yup, absolutely: some developers believe that Android will have a larger market in the future.In fact, Android developers pretty much *have* to believe that, because today, writing nice apps for Android (1) takes a lot of work to get right. Good apps anywhere take a lot of work, but additionally, Android designs have to run on devices with a gaggle of different sized screens, memory and CPU speed that range over a factor of 4X, different hardware options, … and (2) Android apps, by one developer’s attempts to estimate, generate 2% of the revenue for that work.2%. You can justify slapping something together and dumping it out there, if that’s your MO, but it’s a lot harder to make a business selling quality work.I used to do developing and I know that it’s a labor of love. But you gotta get paid, too; full-time developers put food on their family table by getting people to actually buy their work, and the stores encourage feedback. If you’re developing on Android, you are either ALSO working on iPhone apps, just against working with Apple on principle, indifferent about money, or counting on revenues that may be a while to come. So yes: developers who are working on Android believe it’s got a good future. Because today, they’d be crazy not to. While developers may be overly opinionated or like to fight romantic battles, they’re NOT crazy.

  2. The risk with so called open app is too great , I for one don’t want any malware ,worms etc on my iphone ! That’s the main reason why my downloads will only come from itunes.Why take chances with anything else?

  3. As you posted earlier, something like one-in-five Android apps are essentially spy-ware, but this guy still thinks “open” is the best way?! All “open” does is create ways for end users to be taken advantage of. Devs can create piss poor apps that steal your info and kills your battery all the while Google uses all of your data to show you ads. Why do people choose to be treated like this? My choice is for something better.

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