a Fire under Android

Customers are smart. Last year, there were more than two dozen Android tablets launched into the marketplace, and nobody bought ’em. Why? Because they’re gadgets, and people don’t want gadgets anymore. They want services that improve over time. They want services that improve every day, every week, and every month. [source]

Maybe a little hypocritical from someone dependent on Android for his product, even though there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that new Kindle software is based on Android 4.1 which they really need because the original was so goddamn slow.

Tragically, the higher resolution screens may lead to some weirdly displayed apps because Android developers seem to ignore the entire Best Practices part of developer.android.com and specifically Supporting Multiple Screens. Luckily, those writing “Kindle Fire only” apps will have the benefit iOS users have of a few discrete sizes to take into account so they might actually do it.

The iOS 6 SDK makes it literally impossible to support iOS 3 (and unfortunately devices that are capped at iOS 3). The Kindles move the bar a little higher with 4.0 but 4.1 has been out for a while now. They probably won’t get any Android updates either, just Kindle Software updates. It’s a shame too. If only the Kindle software was merely a suite of apps rather than a bunch of core replacements. Maybe Google could stop pretending Play is any good and partner with Amazon to get the suite on any Android device and compete with Apple where it really matters, the ecosystem.