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We keep hearing about how developers are going to start focusing more on Android. But now in the last 24 hours, we’ve gotten some concrete signs that the platform is getting more attention from big time developers. Here’s what’s happened:

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We’ve been hearing for some time about how developers are going to start focusing more on Android. But now, in the last 24 hours, we’ve gotten some concrete signs that the platform is indeed getting more attention from big time developers. Here’s what has happened:

What does it all mean? Well, Android still isn’t the first choice of many developers. But it seems like devs are making more of an effort to close the gap between Android and iOS apps where they exist. There are still business concerns to be hashed out for paid apps, though these are getting addressed by new in-app payment options from PayPal, Boku and others. Again, this is just a small sampling, but it could be a telling one, highlighting the growing importance developers are placing on Android because Android devices are selling like gangbusters. It takes these snapshots in time to show the growth is meaningful and is translating into more sway and power.

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  1. I believe no developer can ignore the three OS’s: iOS, Android and W7. It’s still early and anything can happen. MS could easily buy their way into the market, the phone companies can easily start to differentiate their ‘me too’ products by closing down Android. Google can easily decide to protect their customers by closing down Android’s UI. I believe there will be 3 or 4 major players, with Android and WP7 phones spanning a larger price range. Which, makes me believe Apple is focused on the upper and middle band. Similar to their computer product placement.

    1. I agree with you on the first two. The third is mobile web where possible and necessary. All the big guys who can afford development, will of course have apps for most platforms.

      If anything BB is no. three. But, you really have to want to develop for BB!

  2. For Java developers, like myself, and working on a tight budget, I would love to start developing on Android devices if there are affordable devices similar to iPod. I just don’t see myself paying for $199.99 for an Android phone with a 2-year contract, all for the purpose of application development. Yes, there is Android simulator for Eclipse IDE; however, one needs an actual device to test one’s finished apps.

    1. Way to go! Avoiding the largest new market to arrive since 1995 for $200! Or, $2,000. Or, $20,000…

      Crazy.

  3. Great article Ryan. I think this ‘move’ you are seeing can be related to mobile developer economics. Developers go where the money is and Apple’s App Store was the first and is the largest marketplace (some say its too crowded) to put their app on display. The explosion of Android devices in the past 18 months has created a new opportunity for app developers to capitalize on.

    In terms of ‘picking winners’, it is still way too early for that game. There is lots of room for everyone and I think it will remain that way for quite some time.

  4. @Son Dang

    The Nexus One is still available. I don’t know why Google is charging so much for it now. They really need to drop the price down to about $300. But you can easily find excellent new Android phones (like the Vibrant) now for about $300 on Craigslist. And if you just want to test your code, G1’s are now selling for $100 or less on Craigslist. Root it and apply Cyananogen’s ROM and you have a 2.2 running on it.

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