"Developing software for mobile devices is a bit of
passion of mine — or perhaps I should call it a pathology.
Unfortunately, I sometimes have some difficulty deciding which
platform to spend time working on as they each have intrigue and
merit, and over time my clients ask for applications on different
platforms so I cannot simply ignore the question. With my product
manager hat on where I am concerned about which platforms are
viable and likely to stick around for a while, some platforms are
simply more attractive than others from this commercial perspective
— BlackBerry and iPhone come to mind.
"Research in Motion, the folks behind the BlackBerry family of
devices, have sold tens of millions of their addictive devices, and
an argument could be made that up until the most recent device
launches their devices have been mediocre — but that has not
stopped them from dominating the enterprise business marketplace.
Then there is the “too sexy for my pda” iPhone which
boasts over a billion application downloads recorded at the iTunes
App Store in just a year — mostly consumer oriented
applications, though the enterprise market has been penetrated by
the Caped Crusaders from Cupertino. Look out McDonalds, the folks
at Apple might be stealing your “Billions and Billions
Served” signs. Add in the legions of Android developers and
the growing rumors of potential new Android-powered devices and we
just cannot ignore Android."