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Android, my thoughts!

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Well since I have had a G1 in my posession for a week now I thought i'd give my opinions on it.

I LOVE IT!!

I've been a windows mobile user ever since the first day the original SPV came out, I have owned pretty much every generation on device since that day, many of the orignal SPV owners will recognise me as a developer for the Windows Mobile platform (Smartanoid amonst others).

So why do I prefer the Android operating system?

Well it's simple. As a developer I can actually use all the features of the phone. The accelerometer, the gps, the camera, the internet, even text messaging and making phonecalls are all available to the developer within a couple of lines of code! A while ago I wrote a simple app that read the values from a bluetooth GPS on the C500, it worked fine but involved a page of code, The android allows me to do everything that application had to offer in a few lines.

I know the operating system has a few bugs in it at the moment, but again I see the positive side of this. Windows Mobile has bugs too, and what happens when someone finds one? Microsoft make a fix (After a few months), A new firmware is created (A few months later), orange sit down for a few months and brand the firmware, orange release a firmware update (by this time the phone is obsolete and has been replaced by something new!).

The android OS is open source. It will be continuously worked on by many developers and Google will be working very hard to increase it's reliability and functionality. And with over the air updates, as soon as they have something good to show us, they will just push it out, Brilliant!!.

And then there is the Market Place. Yes there are hundreds of apps available for the windows mobile phones, but they are scattered far and wide. I never seem to be able to find the application I want when looking for windows mobile stuff, I guess this is partly the reason why I wrote my own stuff! The Google Market Place provides a central place to find all the applications you could possibly want. And from a developers point of view it is excellent. A couple of days ago I wront a simple snow globe application for the G1, animated snow, music, motion control etc. I published it to the Market Place to see what the procedure was like.

I compiled the application, Self signed it (Don't need to pay to have it officially signed like on windows mobile), Signed up for a developer account (Cost $25, one time fee!), Uploaded my app. Instantly my application was available to everyone in the world who has an android phone. Just a few days later my simple app has had 18,000 downloads!!!! 18,000. I cannot believe it!!

Early next year Google are going to allow developers charge for their applications, as a developer you will get 70% of the revenue (not a bad deal). This will certainly give people motivation to code some brilliant apps and games. Just the fact that I can write my game and get it on the market without having to deal with distributers etc.

So in conclusion. Yes this OS is in it's infancy but I seriously think it will turn into a great community just as Windows Mobile has.

Open source Folks, it's the future! biggrin.gif no restictions, no licence issues when writing your own games (e.g don't have to pay for a graphics library to make your game easier to write as it's already built in for free).

Look forward to seeing the modaco android community grow!

Matt, Croccy22.

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That is impressive stuff Croccy, oh how WM needs an App Store!

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Evolve FairDeal Paul :rolleyes:

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Hi

I liked what you had too say about the orange spvc500 and the g1 mobile as i have this phone too which has tomtom mobile onboard which i love for work, but what i wanted to let you know after reading this i thought you may be interested in this

http://www.t3.com/reviews/phones/phone-acc...iew-the-app-off

as t3 has downloaded your snowglobe which i take it is yours as below

thanks

ian

Well since I have had a G1 in my posession for a week now I thought i'd give my opinions on it.

I LOVE IT!!

I've been a windows mobile user ever since the first day the original SPV came out, I have owned pretty much every generation on device since that day, many of the orignal SPV owners will recognise me as a developer for the Windows Mobile platform (Smartanoid amonst others).

So why do I prefer the Android operating system?

Well it's simple. As a developer I can actually use all the features of the phone. The accelerometer, the gps, the camera, the internet, even text messaging and making phonecalls are all available to the developer within a couple of lines of code! A while ago I wrote a simple app that read the values from a bluetooth GPS on the C500, it worked fine but involved a page of code, The android allows me to do everything that application had to offer in a few lines.

I know the operating system has a few bugs in it at the moment, but again I see the positive side of this. Windows Mobile has bugs too, and what happens when someone finds one? Microsoft make a fix (After a few months), A new firmware is created (A few months later), orange sit down for a few months and brand the firmware, orange release a firmware update (by this time the phone is obsolete and has been replaced by something new!).

The android OS is open source. It will be continuously worked on by many developers and Google will be working very hard to increase it's reliability and functionality. And with over the air updates, as soon as they have something good to show us, they will just push it out, Brilliant!!.

And then there is the Market Place. Yes there are hundreds of apps available for the windows mobile phones, but they are scattered far and wide. I never seem to be able to find the application I want when looking for windows mobile stuff, I guess this is partly the reason why I wrote my own stuff! The Google Market Place provides a central place to find all the applications you could possibly want. And from a developers point of view it is excellent. A couple of days ago I wront a simple snow globe application for the G1, animated snow, music, motion control etc. I published it to the Market Place to see what the procedure was like.

I compiled the application, Self signed it (Don't need to pay to have it officially signed like on windows mobile), Signed up for a developer account (Cost $25, one time fee!), Uploaded my app. Instantly my application was available to everyone in the world who has an android phone. Just a few days later my simple app has had 18,000 downloads!!!! 18,000. I cannot believe it!!

Early next year Google are going to allow developers charge for their applications, as a developer you will get 70% of the revenue (not a bad deal). This will certainly give people motivation to code some brilliant apps and games. Just the fact that I can write my game and get it on the market without having to deal with distributers etc.

So in conclusion. Yes this OS is in it's infancy but I seriously think it will turn into a great community just as Windows Mobile has.

Open source Folks, it's the future! biggrin.gif no restictions, no licence issues when writing your own games (e.g don't have to pay for a graphics library to make your game easier to write as it's already built in for free).

Look forward to seeing the modaco android community grow!

Matt, Croccy22.

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Hi

I liked what you had too say about the orange spvc500 and the g1 mobile as i have this phone too which has tomtom mobile onboard which i love for work, but what i wanted to let you know after reading this i thought you may be interested in this

http://www.t3.com/reviews/phones/phone-acc...iew-the-app-off

as t3 has downloaded your snowglobe which i take it is yours as below

thanks

ian

HA HA HA!! I can't believe that!! Well Spotted!

That has made my day. Ok so it wasn't the best app but it is the first thing I have ever written for the android!

Matt.

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Good for you matt

Keep up the good work in the future

bye for now

ian

HA HA HA!! I can't believe that!! Well Spotted!

That has made my day. Ok so it wasn't the best app but it is the first thing I have ever written for the android!

Matt.

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Hi Matt

Was just wondering how you were getting on with your g1 mobile or has it crashed yet, like the iphone seems to do these days, and have you made anymore apps for the g1 thanks , and there is new stuff in the android market, last.fm etc

thanks

ian

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Hi matt

JUst thought you might like to know there is a lot of new stuff for your phone in android market

Also i thought you might like this link too

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_UakyVVhCM

bye for now

ian

keep smiling

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Be Happy

HA HA HA!! I can't believe that!! Well Spotted!

That has made my day. Ok so it wasn't the best app but it is the first thing I have ever written for the android!

Matt.

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Hi Matt.

I was wondering how you are getting on with your g1 and have you made any knew programs for the android system , or have you went away from the android as i am waiting in the wings for a new android maybe the htc hero which is due out very shortly, what is your opinion on these thanks, how is the android market too is it any good on the g1 thanks

kind regards

Ian mccully

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Hi matt

I got myself a htc hero which i love to bits what apps do you suggest are good for the android operating system

thanks for all your help in advance

kind Regards

Ian mccully

p.s have you done anymore programming like the snowglobe

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......So in conclusion. Yes this OS is in it's infancy but I seriously think it will turn into a great community just as Windows Mobile has.

Open source Folks, it's the future!

Matt, Croccy22.

I was just surfing when I found this article over at Android and Me, echos what was said a few years previously, Open source Folks, it's the future!

I believe the Android OS should be a platform that is universal for all, with the customisations such as HTC Sense and Moto Blur as an option/add on and not an integration. Had this been the case surely all phones across all versions of Android could have had 2.1 by now and thus presenting this OS as a viable option for new customers, instead of the fragmented presentation we have today, HTC hero on 1.5, Ace Liquid on 1.6, Motorola Droid on 2.0 and Nexus on 2.1, with the "market" being selective to the version of Android you have on your handset.

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