Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The New Consensus: It's Android vs. iPhone

In our YCombinator Demo Day presentation, we had a slide about how we'll also build reMail for other platforms, starting with Android. This was 9 months ago. Members of the audience were puzzled: "Why would you build on Android, not Blackberry or Windows Mobile?".

I'd reply "I think the war was going to be iPhone vs. Android". It seemed like a reasonable bet at the time. Google has deep pockets and great engineering talent. Turns out the only thing missing was the right device.

Now, of course, there is the Droid, which sold more than 800,000 devices since its launch. That's a huge number. My roommate just got one the other week!

And attitudes have changed. Fred Wilson says that Android will be to the iPhone what the PC was to the Mac. In many conversations in the past weeks, no one took offense with "it's iPhone vs. Android".

Android still has a long way to go. I'm confident they will get there. Usability and stability need to improve, developer tools need to get a big speed bump, and I'm a little worried that by the end of 2010, we'll have too make device configurations to develop for and test on. But the speed at which the Android team cranks out iterations is very high.

Armed with a G1, I've fired up my Eclipse this weekend and started toying around again with Android apps. I have some ideas about what I want to build. I'll keep you posted.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Gabor!
I missed the oppotunity for a meetup, when you visited germany. We mailed and i forgot it.

What do you think about this
TechCrunch article?

Apple has a tight control about version update and unified hardware, android will run on multiple devices from various hardware companies, in certainly different versions. (See -> Driod with 2.0)

Cya Martin

Raymond Chenon said...

Android still has a long way to go
The main concern is not developer tools, it's about Android market. Currently the very best apps hardly make 40USD a day.

http://gigaom.com/2009/11/29/android-app-developers-not-happy/

But in the future with the number of Android devices realized, Android may be taling off
http://gigaom.com/2009/10/26/will-there-be-an-android-app-boom-soon/

Sure Android looks promising than Windows mobile or RIM.

Rachel Wood said...

Android had a lot of capturing up to do to iOS. It is great that Android has not just found up, but exceeded iOS in many aspects. It is great to see both the systems getting improved a lot in terms of hardware and software.