Here’s an interesting piece from a lead designer at Twitter UK, Cennydd Bowles.
I came across this on Reddit recently, and was first interested to see that the author is actually a former colleague of mine, we briefly worked together back in 2007 at a household .com company. So congrats to him for getting a job at Twitter, one of the hottest ‘net companies of the time.
But that aside, his points very closely reflect my own views.
I would also add a couple of further points to the ridiculous Android is too fragmented argument (ridiculous because fragmentation isn’t a bad thing, you just need to be build in methods to handle it, which Android does).
So, I would add:
* The whole fragmentation argument was, so I’ve heard, put about by Apple PR as part of a negative Android campaign. Goes to show how easily people can be influenced I guess.
* It is frankly a lie that Apple’s ecosystem is not fragmented. Each iteration of the iPhone has a different size, and Apple were forced to produce a smaller iPad in the post-Jobs era.
But either way, I too struggle to see why Android still appears to be an after thought for some (certainly not all) developers. Surely this is a fantastic chance for an entrepreneur to get a foothold? A successful app has been poorly implemented in Android? Well there’s a chance for someone to get in and do it right.