Re: Android apps development

Nigel Wade <>
Fri, 06 May 2011 09:49:34 +0100
On 05/05/11 16:18, Dirk Bruere at NeoPax wrote:

On 05/05/2011 06:13, Lawrence D'Oliveiro wrote:

In message<>, Roedy Green

 From the quick exploration I did, it does not even support AWT, SWT or

That???s right. Desktop-oriented GUIs are a waste of time on an ultramobile
device, as Microsoft found out with Windows Mobile.

Only this year.

The writing had been on the wall for many years, Microsoft just chose
bury their heads in the sand, presumably thinking their monopoly of the
desktop would carry them through. It's only really since the iPhone
eclipsed the rest of the smartphone market, and caused it to wake up,
that Microsoft actually thought they might need to do something.

A bit down the line and Tablets will be as powerful as today's desktop.

It's not about power, it's simple ergonomics. You can't operate a device
with megapixel resoultion using a fat-finger. Windows Mobile requires a
stylus, and that's not practical or desirable.

A desktop GUI designed for operation by mouse/pointer and keyboard ain't
going to work on a finger driven display. It requires a complete
rethink, and redesign of the human interface. That's what Apple did, and
got right, whilst Microsoft failed to do anything.

Nigel Wade

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