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Google changes gears with branded products

Sources: The NYT, Google

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RE: Great summation
By TakinYourPoints on 11/5/2012 9:54:01 PM , Rating: 1
If you actually believe "upscaled" apps are holding them back, as if the average consumer even knows what the hell that is, I have a bridge to sell you.

Of course consumers know the difference between a good app and one that is upscaled. The app market is one of the biggest reasons for the iPad's success. Tablets are app machines, and consumers know when a product has the apps that they want and that it works well on the hardware.

On a side note, a developer on another board I go to got a million downloads on iOS this week, hitting the top 25. Another has been in the top 10 for months now. They both have releases on Android, made easy by Unity, and they're moving less than 1/10th of the numbers on it.

Perhaps Android users don't care about apps so they don't understand why that matters to someone who would buy an iPad. Maybe they just like talking about how free and cool Android is rather than actually using it. I dunno, but developer profits and web traffic numbers combined with so many fandroid forum posts certainly seems to support this hypothesis.

RE: Great summation
By retrospooty on 11/6/2012 7:12:38 AM , Rating: 2
Nice microscopic analysis. LOL. This one app developer's experience is this... So here is a verdict.

You dont think your view on this is just a bit skewed toward app development do ya? I mean, I get that its important to you, but the disparity on the 2 platforms isnt much to consumers.

RE: Great summation
By TakinYourPoints on 11/6/2012 3:56:20 PM , Rating: 2
This one app developer's experience is this... So here is a verdict.

Pick any mobile developer who does cross-platform development and they'll tell you the exact same thing. I can pull experiences from over a dozen, and wide polls and sales figures will back it up just the same.

And yes, app development is important to me, this is why I use Windows and OS X and not desktop Linux.

Do people who buy Android tablets just surf the web and are content with halfass ports? Perhaps they should stop using Widnows and switch to Debian. They clearly don't need apps, a web browser should be enough for them.

Yes, apps are important. I can't believe this is even a point of discussion.

RE: Great summation
By retrospooty on 11/6/2012 5:32:41 PM , Rating: 2
Of course they are important. We have had this discussion before.

We arent talking aboout apps vs no apps. We are talking about whatever 800,00k apps on IOS vs 700,000 apps on Android. There are apps that do everything on both and do it all quite well. The difference isnt all that big. Its not that apps arent importaant, its that the SMALL difference in apps isnt as important as better features, better screens and more versatility. Get it?

RE: Great summation
By TakinYourPoints on 11/6/2012 7:01:03 PM , Rating: 2
The difference isn't apps versus no apps, it is about having the best versions of apps as well as apps better optimized towards the form factor (phone or tablet).

I never said it was all or nothing, its all about which one is better.

If getting the second or third best version of an app on the #2 development platform is a good trade for an SD card slot (forget about missing apps), then great. I've been on both sides and I know what I'd be giving up in terms of quality, support, and flexibility by going from the iPad to an Android tablet. Throw in the iPad's faster hardware and it is a really simple choice at the moment.

If Google encouraged developers to target tablets and made it easier for them to make a profit then there wouldn't even be a discussion because the Nexus 10 would have a comparable app market, but it doesn't.

RE: Great summation
By Rukkian on 11/6/2012 11:21:07 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, imo, the appstore is not a primary reason for low numbers or android tablets, it simply comes down to name recognition, as apple tablets have always been high quality hardware and displays, and many of the manufacturers tried to release lower quality tablets for the same money.

That just does not work when you don't have the cult following. Finally with the nexus line, you see a very nice tablet at a very competitive price, and the brand is growing. I think we are starting to see the change coming with android tablets finally taking off, which is what will get app developers to do more. They were stuck in a chicken or egg situation.

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