Developer pain points could ease thanks to Google’s Motorola Mobility buy

QArea Team by QArea Team on December 8, 2011

Developer pain points could ease thanks to Google’s Motorola Mobility buy
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The planned acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google for almost $12.5 billion doesn’t make change for developers right away, but may have implications in future, in accordance with research vice president of consumer devices at Gartner, Carolina Milanesi.

The issue of fragmentation various development standards for various mobile devices deploying the Android OS should one of the developer pain indicates eased with this acquisition, in accordance with Milanesi, notwithstanding she added it won’t solve the problem all together.

As Milanesi said, Motorola devices will set the measure of competitors in the Android space, but Google still will require to work with HTC and Samsung in Europe. She also added that Motorola doesn’t have such globally presences as it has in the United States.

The research director of consumer technologies at Gartner, Michael Gartenberg said that Stock Android will always have the greatest and latest updates first also adding that after the acquisition, Motorola devices will probably be running the basic operating system without possessive add-ons. It means that should Samsung or HTC or any other device manufacturer settle to put a layer over Android of Google, they will worry about whether or not programmers decide to support the version.

The software engineer at Effective UI, Tony Hillerson who develops applications for Android and iOS, foretells that the acquisition is really more instantly exciting for consumers.

Hillerson explained in his email: We know that the iPhone user experience benefits greatly from Apple’s control of the hardware chain, and now Google is one step closer to that. That means [Google doesn’t] have to rely on handset makers as much to have their Android vision become real. [Google] can have a flagship line of devices that show everyone exactly how it means for the Android experience to be without other manufacturers wanting to taint the experience just to differentiate their handset from other manufacturer’s handsets.

Hillerson also stated that developers will have more control as well over Android experience, without supplementary steps they take nowadays to maintain a seamless experience over a diversity of devices.

Also Hilerson said in his email that where it affects programmers is that once Google may get more control over the Android development experience, without any mediator tweaking things at least on one line of devices, then it can become more evidently that in the experience there are less difference within the same class of devices starting from one device and to the next. These differences can affect the way the developer’s application looks, works or feels, and it is part of the problem of fragmentation.

The owner of Scalable Development, Wallace McClure, another app developer also feels the fragmentation problem. McClure stated adding that this characteristic will likely carry over to Google Motorola devices and will assist developers to denote the way to tailor their updates so as to coincide with an operating system release update, in such a way developers may support both the hardware with each iteration of the app and the newest version of the operating system.

McClure said that the more people who deploy applications on a standard version, the better the experience, as it allows developers to test for particular OS and hardware specifications, that if standardized will assist developers to receive a better grasp of the experience from the initial phase of development. As it stands, McClure said it seems that Google’s pushing of the updated OS versions becomes often patchy and may sometimes take up to 6 months to get some devices, something that leaves consumers and developers unhappy.

The version of Google the way applications should be developed is something it attempts to implement through the Android Developer guidelines on its site. According to Gartenberg, now they will be able to push the version of hardware standards for devices that are deploying Android also, across the digital landscape.

Gartenberg said that with Motorola Mobility, now Google has access to partnerships with satellite and cable providers. Google may pursue the vision of the digital home, he also added that Google may now utilize hardware to push access to its Web-based services, in place of just providing developers with an additional eco-system to work with.

According to Gartenberg as far as devices are concerned the industry has already seen results of partnership Google with Motorola. Gartenberg also said that the Xoom is exceptionally Android device, there is no Motorola software, it is a native Google experience on it. He also added that Motorola’s smartphone skin on top of the Android OS will likely go away as more devices are went out of this acquisition.