Android Advocacy: We Try Harder

No one will contradict me when I say that when it comes to application stores, Apple has it down and Google is the unfortunate underdog. With only a couple years in the game, this is no surprise to anyone and could have been very much expected. Although it’s days like today that we learn about a story about how Google tries harder than anyone else and gains even more respect of the public. We have recently learned that Google and many other Android enthusiasts have been trying to persuade developers of the opposing team to make applications for Android. It should be noted that no one is trying to steal developers from the other team, but rather have them port the same applications they build for other platforms for Android as well. The following is just such a story.

“I’m the developer of the Texts From Last Night app for the iPhone. Anyway, I received an e-mail yesterday from someone at Google claiming to be in their Android Advocacy Group. He basically said that he wanted to open a line of communication with me in case I chose to port the app to Android, and he offered to ship me a free Nexus One to play around with.

“It shows that Google is actively recruiting developers to their platform, using the enticements of free hardware and open communication.

“Contrast with Apple’s approach: it took us about three months of resubmitting our app to Apple before they stopped rejecting it for inappropriate content. And even now (after we peaked at the No. 7 paid app), we still have no relationship with anyone there. Huge difference in approaches between the two companies.”

To be honest we would never have seen the type of growth in the Android Market that we have seen recently had it not been for iPhone apps being ported over. I think it’s great that this kind of sharing is going on because all dark/light side arguments aside, we should all have access to the same software and apps, no matter what platform we choose.

  • I paid almost $600 for my Nexus, out of my pocket… I guess I need to start developing iPhone apps in order to get Googles attention.

  • Scott

    Apple seems to be going out of its way to alienate developers, I don't know why people put up with it.

  • DUO

    I think, developers from the apple side should consider make more bucks while porting their apps to android platform. And looking at the big picture, every single carrier in the US have an Android device of some type, if developers want to make more revenue, go the the broader audience. I believe Google have made an smart decision by not limiting the Android experience to cetain groups.

  • twoboxen

    Hey Android Advocacy… I am an iPhone developer, and I would love to port my 5 games to Android! How about an Android phone on which to dev/test?

  • chris

    This is pretty hard to believe considering that no person, or article, has been cited. Also, why hasn't this shown up elsewhere? I'm calling your bluff.

  • hazydave

    I saw this posted somewhere else a day or two ago.

    If they’re not doing, they very much ought to. For one, the Android market is growing, but it’s not as cut-throat as the iPhone market, yet. The cost of porting is usually much lower than creating a whole new app, even if you do have to convert.

    But I think Google should go one further, and capitalize on the Draconian controls Apple’s exercising in the iTunes Store. They should court developers who’ve had high profile apps rejected by Apple. This could be a whole campaign… hold another programming contest, for rejected iTunes apps. Put the apps in Ads, with the clear mention that “iDon’t” do this on iPhone, etc.

    I mean, we Android geeks know all about this… it’s probably why at least some of us started using Android devices (and in my case, waited over a year without a smart phone, until the right one came along). But the general public needs to not only see Android doing everything iPhone does, but see that it’s like the iPhone with the training wheels and leash removed.

  • Michael

    I find it hard to be impressed by Google's "advocacy", given its complete lack of response to the developers it already has. Consider any of the many, many requests for changes submitted by developers about the Android market – never fixed and most of the time not even acknowledged – or the recent issues with rampant spam by the despicable developer of a game who I won't help even more by mentioning here.

    If they did something about the many issues developers have with the Android market, perhaps they wouldn't need to "bribe" high quality developers to start developing for Android.

  • I'm a little late finding this article, but I loved it.

  • eka

    i like it :p

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