We can’t always write about the greener pastures of Android, right? Facebook’s Joe Hewitt – one of the developers responsible for iOS’s Facebook app – switched over to the Android team and his findings were undesirable, to say the least: he called his experiences with the Android platform “horrendous”. It wasn’t just the development tools he was referring to, either, as he specifically calls the OS as a whole horrendous.
I’m trying to do a better job of keeping my opinions bottled up so as to not step on the toes of our readers, but I do just want to say this: thousands of other developers don’t seem to have a problem with pushing out quality apps for Android. While I understand not everything is all a bouquet of roses with Android, it’s not the OS’s or the engineers behind it fault that you can’t grasp it as easily as others have.
His main gripe has been fragmentation – something we can all agree on (and just as frustrating for developers as they have to sacrifice features in one version of their app because too many users are still on obsolete versions of Android). But to call the entirety of the OS horrendous is like calling a piece of candy nasty because you don’t know how to take off the wrapper.
I digress, though, because everyone will always have their own opinion and there’s nothing anyone can do to change that. While one quote from one developer isn’t echoed by the entire Android development community, it’s still notable to point it out when a developer from one of the biggest websites in the world has something to say. The beauty here is that we can just ignore his baseless frustration and move on knowing there are still many great apps headed for Android with or without his “help”.