[amsat-bb] Re: Please make available for Kindle as wel.
w5ggw at cox.net
Wed Jan 16 07:13:46 PST 2013
One of the most interesting and perhaps frustrating thing about the Android
platform is this "my store", "your store", "no store" interplay between all the
vendors who have created devices using the "open source" Android platform from
Google. With Google producing devices as well, their ownership of the "Google
Play" store, and demand for "paid entry" into that marketplace, their
competitors, Amazon and B&N etc., are reluctant to "play together".
So, developers are strung out, being forced to participate in multiple
economies, which doesn't scale very well for small operations like you'll find
in HAM radio software teams. Walmart had a $99 or so deal on a Chinese tablet
over Christmas. That tablet had "no store" available to the purchasers to start
with. The only choice was to install the Amazon store and be locked into that
economy. There is, always the opportunity to root these devices and spend the
time and energy to manage the whole thing yourself. But, without a "Store"
application, you're limited to what you can get, based on what developers are
willing to "give away."
In this day and age, I think we are past the time of "free software". I think
it is important to understand how that diminishes the worth of people doing good
things for HAM radio, to have such expectations.
Certainly, many people have limited incomes, so I understand that to be natural
pressure on the scale of the software economy in HAM radio, overall.
In the end, open source is a great thing, when people have time to give away, or
are using the same software to make money elsewhere. But, all of these vertical
market applications for HAM radio have some very focused uses, and not very many
of them are gold mines in the public markets.
On 1/16/2013 2:37 AM, David Johnson wrote:
> We will do our best but we cannot target every platform specifically.
> I already build for four google devices. Nexus 1,S,7 & 10.
> The kindle fire and Barnes and Noble devices have to be side loaded and we
> would have to set up a download site and PayPal payment mechanism for the
> paid version.
> Since us Kindle users can not directly access the Google Play site, please
> consider making the apps available to us Kindle Fire and Fire HD users. I
> like the functionality and am looking forward to the new features.****
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