Friday, April 29, 2011

Why you should develop for the Android Platform

In my previous post, I discussed why you should be writing mobile applications today.  I also mentioned that the two major players are Android (Google) and iOS (Apple).  There are other contenders, but their representation is tiny in comparison.  So why should you develop for the Android platform?

The numbers say that you'll be reaching the broadest market if you develop Android applications.  With 50+% of the market, the Android OS has more eyeballs than Apple's iOS.  The numbers aren't the only thing going for Android.  The fact that it's free (free as in freedom and free as in free beer) goes a long way towards enamoring it to the developer community.  Anyone can download the Android SDK, developer tools, and Eclipse and start writing Android applications without having to pay anyone.  Those applications can run on physical devices without requiring licensing, permission, or voiding the warranty on your handset.

The fact that Android is free allows it to go places and in directions that weren't planned.  The port of Android 2.3 and 3.0 to the Barnes and Noble Nook reader shows that the developer community likes what it sees.

Next Up: Why you should develop for the iOS platform

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