Friday, December 19, 2008

Android: App Hell, Part Deux

(part one)

From the Cupcake release:

Developer Tools
  • New features
    • Enable handset manufacturers to extend the Android SDK with add-ons. SDK add-ons will include:
      • system libraries to let developers use additional APIs provided by handset manufacturers or from other 3rd party vendors that handset manufacturers chose to include
      • emulator system images, skins, and hardware configuration to let developers test their applications on their Android implementation
Well, damn.

The way I see it, we're going to have Microsoft Java all over. Different manufacturers fighting over vendor lock-in features, and harming the rest of the population in the process.

I wonder how incompatibilities between vendor and hardware specific extensions are going to be handled in Android Market.

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