Developing for devices other than phones?

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Are you interested in developing Android applications for devices other than smartphones or mobile handsets?

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Developing for devices other than phones?

Postby ikonen » Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:11 pm

To Android developers: Hello all!

I am a student at a technical university in Finland, and I’m currently working on a thesis about how suitable Android platform is for multimedia devices other than smartphones or mobile handsets.

Different manufacturers have been experimenting with Android for a while now, and have installed the platform onto new types of devices such as mobile internet devices (Archos 5), tablets (Vega), and even e-book readers (Barnes & Noble nook). Almost all of these manufacturers are also welcoming Android developers to create applications to go with their devices. Compared to the number of applications on Android Market, however, the manufacturers are still very much in the beginning stages with this. I’m hoping to have some idea about what Android developer communities are thinking about this invitation, and so decided to post a poll about it on a few Android forums.

Are you interested in developing applications for these kinds of devices, with larger screens and different capabilities from an average mobile phone? If it’s not too much trouble, I’d also be interested in hearing a few words about why you think it would be a good or bad idea. How would it be different from developing for phones? What sort of problems or possibilities do you think would rise from it?

Thanks for your time!


PS. Here are a few URLs to Archos 5, Vega, and Barnes & Noble nook I mentioned. I tried to embed the links into the text, but the forum wouldn't let me because I haven't posted anything before this. Sorry about the trouble.

http://www.archos.com/products/imt/arch ... index.html

http://convergeddevices.net/products/vega.html

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nook/
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Postby DMacATTACK » Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:47 pm

I was wondering about this awell, I would definately develop apps for the nook. Does anyone know anything more
about this?

EDIT:
I found some information on a group that has rooted the nook, this is a step in the right direction:

Wired.com -Nook rooted

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Re: Developing for devices other than phones?

Postby Aseriesofsmallprojects » Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:39 pm

I've been putting my apps in all sorts of Android markets for a while, but I just released my first app for the Nook this week. There are a few gotchas, but you can do most of the testing with the Nook-supplied emulator mods.

Expect a few rounds with QA to fix things they find (Nook-specific).

I posted a few things I got bounced for, such as needing to use the /media directory instead of external storage:
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http://www.projectjourneyman.com/androi ... ok-store-2
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