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Will Android eventually take over iOS as the top mobile gaming platform?

12-03-2010, 02:32 AM
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Will Android eventually take over iOS as the top mobile gaming platform?

Every day I have friends telling me I need to jump on board with Android. In addition, there have been countless articles talking about how Android is blowing iOS out of the water sales wise now that they have so many phones on the platform. There are a number of Android phones that look very cool, but one of the big things that keeps me with iOS is the gaming support.

I'm not a tech expert so I'm sure people understand it more than me, but does anyone see iOS gaming getting killed off in the next few years due to big increase in marketshare? It seems like you'd think Droid gaming would explode yet it seems like developers continue to move towards the iOS platform.

I just want to get people's opinions on the future of Android vs. iOS gaming, especially reasons specific to the Android OS. I've heard there are some issues with the Android OS where the same game tends to look much better on an iPhone vs an equivlent Android device. Apparently it has something to do with how the OS is structured. Maybe some of you more knowledge of this stuff can throw in your two cents.
12-03-2010, 02:36 AM
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12-03-2010, 02:48 AM
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The Android userbase will be growing all the time since there are new Android phones every month. But I don't think it'll take over mobile gaming, at least not in the next few years.

I sort of trust iOS gaming more right now because of Apple's approval process. Apparently, there is no approval process for the Android Market, so if you think that there are a lot of crappy games in the App Store, I can't even imagine how many crappy apps there will be in the Android Market.

Also, I heard it is easy to pirate apps on the Android Market. I mean, REALLY easy. From what I've heard, a person just has buy an app, backup the installation file and then they can get a refund (within a certain time after purchasing). Most big name companies probably won't like this, so until it is fixed, they may not develop for Android. But maybe it already has been fixed :P

Anyways, I personally don't think you should 'jump on board with Android' right now. If you're worried that Android may take over mobile gaming, then switch whenever that happens. I personally don't think Android will be taking over in awhile. In my opinion, the only mobile operating systems that may be able to compete with iOS is WP7 and maybe WebOS (if HP releases a WebOS phone).
12-03-2010, 02:50 AM
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believe me when i say that android WILL NEVER become a gaming platform it suffers too much from hardware and software fragmentation, meaning that too many phones have different versions of android from too many different carriers with different hardware specs. It is a nightmare for developers to create games for Android. The best Android games so far are gameloft games which were made for iOD n ported to SOME Android devices.

Right now WP7 has a bettet chance of being a competitor with iOS in gaming. Microsoft has a min hardware spec set in place for all phones that has WP7 not to mention that it also has xbox live support. Your friends are probably jealous that u hav iOS n they hav Android stick with iOS plus Infinity Blade gets released for iOS ONLY ob Dec 9th

hope this helps

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12-03-2010, 02:53 AM
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Is it the monthly android debate already? Seems to come sooner and sooner
12-03-2010, 02:54 AM
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The difference with the Android app store is there's no approval process.

If anything I suspect Windows Phone 7 will be getting quite a few ports with Xbox live integration and MS franchises (Halo, anyone?). I doubt they will get as many indie developers though.
12-03-2010, 04:02 AM
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This interview with John Carmack has some good insight on how AAA developers see Android: http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2010/11/post-8.ars/

TLDR: Android is a PITA compared to iOS.

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12-03-2010, 04:04 AM
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Let me share my thoughts as a developer.
In the begining I was a windows mobile game developer. I started learning how to program on my own time. As I learned , I would make short games and release them for free on windows mobile. When I met an animator , we worked on and released 4 commercial games for windows mobile. Sorry to say sales where bad , because windows mobile users are used to free. They refuse to pay and downloaded cracked software like religon.
Our only game on iphone MomoAlienStarcatcher in one month has surpassed in sales what we had with 4 windows mobile games. Iphone users respect the developers and dont mind paying for quality apps.
Now on to Android , there is too many devices period. The devices are all different internally , which is a huge mistake on googles part. Games work on one phone and dont work on the other. You can install games for free at will and file share. Developers will not waste time porting and making very little money.
Windows Phone 7 is an amazing device , but Microsoft isnt going to be as indie friendly as iphone/ipod. In the begining they might be , only to developers who have a proven game. They have the best chance to challenge IOS , but not beat it. They want developers to use thier tools which is a tremedous mistake. Iphone developers have many different tools , more than any other mobile device.
In conclusion none of the other platforms are even close to beating iphone/ipod. I mean it , there is no comparison. Iphone will totally dominate all mobile platforms when it comes to games. Really there isnt even a debate.
12-03-2010, 04:45 AM
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Android will never become better, as it runs on too many different hardwares (and the same with WP 7). The only one I see as potential competition is Samsung's Bada as it only has a few phoned built around it, with one of them having a really good hardware.
12-03-2010, 04:53 AM
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I'm a lil more interested in the psp phone that's rumored. If done well I can see it give iPhone a challenge as a "gaming" platform