This blog post is by Max Weiner, the lead developer of the Pocket app for Android. If you didn’t know, Pocket is a huge app for Android with a current estimate of 500,000-1,000,000 installs, at only a few months old. The app itself is absolutely gorgeous, and a pleasure to use. Its purpose is fantastic too. This blog post describes his journey into starting Android development.
He and his brother started development with two devices: A Samsung Fascinate and a Nexus One. One ran 2.1, the other 2.2. The Android emulator was “nearly worthless” back then, so it was all done on-device. They launched their first app after a 50 person beta test, and it became the number one paid news app for over a year, until they made it free. He talks about how they covered 90% of the market with just two devices.
He goes on to talk about a lot of things disproving the naysayers who claim developing for Android is a horror story. He also describes how much easier it is now, with a fully working emulator, ICS design guidelines, and official compatibility libraries. Seems that developing for Android, outside of games anyway, is not all that horrible. Thank you, Max Weiner. I also love your app, for the record. I think we all appreciate such a positive and helpful outlook on Android development.
Hit the source link for the full blog post, I highly suggest you read it!