Strictly non-scientific, but just curious to see how it'll come down. Porting flashcards to Android would involve a ton of development time so they're definitely something we'd like to avoid if possible.
Good to hear.mikelove said:sui.generis - if Android offered the ability to easily develop a GUI-based application entirely in native C/C++ code then yes, I think there'd almost certainly be a Pleco port then. I still don't like the platform or the company behind it that much - the UI feels inelegant and hacked-together even in the official / built-in apps, and Google has way more power than any company can be trusted with - but business is business, and with full native development support and the commensurate improvements in development time / lack-of-frustration I don't think I'd have sufficient grounds to keep saying no.
(I still don't get why Apple is so evil - what's the worst they can do, force you to go to a website to download pornography instead of getting it an app? Google delisting your company in their search results is basically a corporate death sentence)
Android's mobile experience, on the other hand, isn't anticompetitive. And offering a free product to anyone who wants it to hurt another product people are still able to buy isn't the sort of anticonsumer anticompetitiveness that bothers me. Indeed, I wish more companies would be anticompetitive like that. It was precisely the danger of other large monopolistic companies (MS back then, when Android was purchased the iPhone hadn't hit yet) potentially shutting google out (without allowing for a fair fight) that led to Android. I think it was a completely justified fear (as a current MS user).mikelove said:Google's behavior with Android annoys me because they already are acting anti-competitive, they're doing the exact same thing Microsoft has done numerous times in the past - see another company succeeding in a way that threatens their monopoly, then launch a product on which they're losing a ton of money and have little or no hope of ever making any money in order to protect that monopoly. Would they ever have been in any danger of no longer being the default search engine on iPhone if they hadn't developed Android? Would they even have had to worry about iAd in that case? Microsoft has a much more dominant market share than Apple and unlike Apple they're capable of developing / have developed their own search engine, but that doesn't seem to have hurt Google much - Chrome OS was launched years after Android and their efforts on it even now seem half-hearted at best.