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Apple Developers: Welcome to Android's World
By: Greg Dorn
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A long time ago, in a tech galaxy far, far away, Apple released their revolutionary iPhone. Smartphones had existed before, but Apple took it mainstream. Following in the footsteps of the iPod, the iPhone was a sleek gadget that allowed you to make calls, check email, listen to music, and surf the net all in one convenient place. Then, one year later, the App Store was introduced. Developers the world round grinned from ear to ear. The platform created a plethora of new gigs for technology aficionados. They happily and immediately got to work.
 
It wasn’t long before Google followed suit, entering the smartphone game with their own Android operating system. But unlike Apple, Google had partnered with various hardware makers, releasing an overabundance of phones and tablets of all shapes and sizes. Although it created quite the headache, developers could not ignore Android’s roughly 50% of the smartphone market share. They had no choice but to bite the bullet and create multiple applications for Android’s various devices.
 
This is why it was a breath of fresh air when the iPhone blew up, the App Store became a central hub, and Apple put all their smartphone eggs into one basket. Developers had the luxury of creating apps for one phone at exactly one size. The bigger the iPhone became, the more eager developers were to churn out apps that would tailor to the phone’s 3.5-inch display. Year after year, the iPhone grew in popularity yet kept the same cycle of one phone at one size. This perfect combination was a developer’s dream.
 
Then, Apple threw a curve ball to the world of iOS development with the release of the 9.7-in iPad. Although it was fairly easy to create an app customized for both devices, it became an insinuation of things to come. Now, the ecosystem has officially been rocked with the release of the 4-inch iPhone 5. Although centering previous iPhone apps as opposed to awkwardly stretching is a great temporary solution, the apps will eventually need an update to take full advantage of the new real estate.
 
It doesn’t stop there. If there is indeed an iPhone Mini lurking somewhere out there, Apple has officially entered into the world of Android developers. Will developers create apps for the iPhone and merely blow them up, or create apps for the iPad and shrink them down? Whichever road they take, this marks the first time Apple developers are feeling the heat of their Android counterparts. In a once-simple world of iOS development, this can’t make them too pleased. Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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About the Author
Greg Dorn is a blogger, writer, and obsessed with everything technology and social media. Greg is absolutely captivated with the recent advancements in mobile gadgets, making our world more seamlessly connected. You can learn more about him on his own blog here
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