This is something I wanted to address with all the Android mobile photographers and artists out there who read my blog posts. It’s really important to let you know why you won’t see a lot of photo and art apps in the Google Play Store. There are reasons for it, so sit back and read all about it.
This is the number one reason why developers neglect Android. Not all Android devices run on the same OS. People who have older Android devices aren’t able to run the latest Android OS. It’s a nightmare for developers to write many versions of the same app to run on all Android OS and many Android 3rd party devices. It’s also a mess to have all these mobile devices on hand for a developer to test their apps on. Older devices have different and obsolete hardware in them, so a device could run Kit Kat but it runs super slow. The app has to be able to render smoothly to process a photo while editing, run games and surf the net.
Lollipop 5.0 is the latest Android OS, you can only get this on Nexus devices. Nexus is the official Google mobile devices. The problem with this is all the devices are from 3 different tech companies with all different types of hardware in each device. This can have compatibility issues for coding and running apps. Now Samsung, HTC and other 3rd party Android devices will not get Lollipop 5.0 right away. They will get the latest OS three to six months later down the line. The other headache with Android OS and manufacture 3rd party OS that come in these 3rd party devices is they don’t mesh well together. Your devices will run buggy for a few months, will not function properly or never the same again because both OS are fighting with each other to run your device. Some devices might get updates to fix these problems and some devices will be S.O.L. getting the necessary updates to run your device properly. App developers have another nightmare to make sure they fix these bugs to make their apps work properly.
Most Android Smartphones have different screen sizes and there is no real standard screen/ratio size. This makes it hard for developers to remember all these different screen/ratio sizes to make the app fit properly on the screen. You have a larger screen with Android, that’s great and everything. Large a screens are great but it’s harder to take pictures with a Phablet, you get a lot of blurry photos.
These smartphones will have different mobile cameras in their devices at different mega pixels. If you have different megapixels in the cameras, sometimes the app will crash on you while editing a photo. Sometimes the apps will crash your phone so badly, it will effect the hardware in your smartphones. It’s a liability for developers that they don’t want to take.
It goes the same with Android tablets. All tablets don’t have the same screen size. The other problem are most of the apps in the Google Play Store are made to fit a smartphone. The apps don’t fit on the screen. You can’t stretch the app to fit the screen (a really bad problem). There is also the different types of hardware that are in all the tablets. They don’t always mesh will and can make your tablets run slow. Another nightmare for developers…
You are really and truly limited in the photo app department with Android. I had a Nexus 7, so I know this from experience. I feel Google should make some type of standards for 3rd party devices. It’s a free market with Google but it’s too free in my opinion. Nothing will change until Google change but sadly I don’t see this happening anytime soon.
Here’s a fact you may not know, app developer just don’t make the money or revenue like they do with Apple. Just because the app sold well on Apple doesn’t mean it will sell well on Android. People who have Android product aren’t really into buying photo and art apps. They mostly like to download music, watch movies, play games, check their emails and/or Google. Some might read and do simple things with their devices. The only photos apps Android users have on their devices are Instagram and Snapseed. That’s the extent for most mobile photographers on Android.
If you love Android then stick with it, you don’t have to get an iPhone to be a great mobile photographer. But if you want the cool apps from Apple, you will have to get an Apple Mobile device of some kind. My recommendation is getting an iPad, iPad mini or iPod touch to get the cool apps. You can have the best of both worlds and that’s cool in my opinion.
Now you’re wondering if the information I’ve given you is valid. I’ve been writing this blog for 4 years. I’ve seen many changes, talked to developers, tested apps, read tech blogs and talk to many readers/followers. The information comes the knowledge and experiences of writing Combo Apps. I like to try things out before I write my opinions on each blog post. If you want to prove me wrong, then do the research yourself and make sure you’ve experiences both platforms to express your argument properly. I know Apple products are expensive. I don’t buy a new iPhone or iPad every year. I’ve up been sporting an iPhone 4S for three years and iPad 4 for two years.
The one thing I feel people are stupid about are switching platforms. Switching platforms from Android to Apple or vice versa is downright costly and throwing your money away. If you’re into photography, drawing, painting, video editing, music making or anything artsy, then get Apple. If you just like to watch movies, play games, read books, check your emails, check your social media and surf the web, then get Android. Both platforms have their strengths and weakness, just pick a platform and stick with it. One last thing I do not condone to piracy or jail breaking mobile devices either. That’s my last blog post for 2014. I wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!