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For Ubuntu's Mobile Endeavors, Android Has Some Bitter Lessons to Offer

Dec 05, 2011, 19:02 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Initially, Android was not a great place to be as a developer. It had no public issue-tracking system, poor documentation and lacked a decent QA infrastructure. Though that improved over time, those issues were big enough to keep Android from overtaking iPhone.

"For Ubuntu, if it wants to make its mark in the mobile market, it has to have a solid SDK right from the start. If Canonical cuts corners in this department, they'd have to make do with a deserted app store in the future. Besides giving app-makers the right set of tools, Canonical also has to ensure that developers can monetize their apps from day one.

"A large app database is the biggest selling point of a mobile platform, and if Ubuntu manages to attract enough developers, Android and iOS might have a new competitor to deal with."

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