It is widely known that until now, maybe not all but most of the popular apps available for Android were firstly created for iOS, and Android users had to wait for their version to come out after it had succeeded with the iPhones.
Examples such as Whatsapp for Android proved two important things: first of all, iOS had a good app ecosystem after many years in the market; and secondly, app developers were beginning to pay more attention to newcomers like Android, who were making a great effort to gain more users with the help of phone manufacturers.
However, it’s not only about having a bigger number of users but also for the possibilities that Android itself offers…
Developers were trying to fill a gap in a new market and their trust in Android became even more evident when successful iOS apps were brought to Android for free. Some of them were Whatsapp (free the first year) and the much talked about Angry Birds, one of the most downloaded iPhone games, whose users couldn’t help but feel surprised when faced with Android users claiming “I also have it, it’s free for Android”.
The truth is that the app developing tendencies are starting to change. Earlier, most of the applications were developed for iPhone, where they had an excellent reception and a great number of users surrounding a single device. However, factors such as the 500.000 daily Android activations and the possibility of broading its horizons to more phone manufacturer brands are causing developers to focus more and more on Android and even to consider it their first option.
That’s exactly what’s happening with FourSquare, one of the best check-in services based in geotagging and also one of the most populars regarding the new tendency of combining related offers. Foursquare has recently included a new function, Notifications (internal notifications), only available for Android users (for now).
These new notifications let you know about check-in comments and pictures, advices, friends registers, etc. This feature is only available for Android users, whom FourSquare dedicates the following statement:
“Android needs some early-access love!” – Dennis Crowley (FourSquare Co-Founder)
Some people point out that Android could start being used as a testing ground before launching new functions or applications to iOS, but on the contrary, we believe that plenty of developers and companies are starting to pledge their commitment to Android and its increasingly potential is becoming a major point of reference.[via elandroidelibre]