Android Developers – Think Different

Apple’s courtroom brawl with Samsung Electronics left the Cupertino king standing victorious last week, following a favorable jury verdict in its patent litigation case. But there were other winners as well that day, it’s just that they just don’t know it yet.

Android developers are also winners. More specifically, Android developers who were planning to mimic features of Apple’s iPhone and iPad. The ruling is ikely to have a chilling effect on their plans.

That’s a good thing? Yes. Because because out of legal adversity comes the potential to try something new, something different.

Ironically then, Android developers may want to adopt the mantra “Think Different.”

Faced with a potential block down the road, people tend to seek workarounds that could lead to a totally new design or feature. In other words, challenges become opportunity, and opportunity becomes the next invention.

Comments

  1. BY Michael Hayden says:

    I agree, think different.
    I develop android apps using Flash Builder. So I write my apps in Actionscript. Developing this way
    makes my applications look different than any other applications I’ve seen on IOS or Android. I hear a lot of people say that it is not the way to go, but I have had no issues with it at all. Users who’s devices/chip sets do not allow the installation of my application are not a heavy concern for me. The market that I write code for is very genre specific. Also I always tell my users to stay the hell away from apple. I actually
    recommend the ASUS Transformer with Docking Keyboard to all my users. I don’t plan on ever
    releasing an IOS specific application. I’ve been burnt by Apple way to many times to ever give them
    a dime of my money.

    • BY Anonymous says:

      Ignore 80% of a market and use a technology that is going the way of the dinosaur … sounds like a great business strategy.

  2. BY actionableitsm says:

    Agree totally with you, Dawn. I hope development for Android will take this opportunity to further differentiate and think of different ways to help its user base to be productive. There is no question that iOS is an elegant solution, just like the early Macintosh’s. Windows was able to grow and became another viable choice for the computing community. I am all for choices and having options and competition is usually a good thing for the end users.

  3. BY John Karling says:

    I was hoping there would be more to your article than just throwing a wet blanket over Android developers. Legal adversity as a career motivator? Would that be like a bank robber moving up to white collar crime? Yikes.

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