Android is really charming OS. Its charismatic influence is driving other mobile operating systems extending support for Android apps. And for an Android app developer, it’s of course a matter of delight. He will just not need to make a different version of an app for a different platform because the platform is going to begin support for Android apps.
To an Android app developer, the move is encouraging. It will save their time and cost, as well as give more scopes to their apps than they have only via Android platform. But to me, it’s an upsetting negotiation. I feel it as a big compromise with individuality; they way of getting rid of helplessness.
BlackBerry’s struggle is obvious. Its fetal mistakes doomed it. Time.com (business) uncovered three wrongdoings that BlackBerry did. First, BlackBerry failed keeping up with operating systems like iOS and Android. For long time the company didn’t pay proper attention on customer market that actually drove smartphone revolution. It strategy makers and vision planners put this fact on blindside that it was app economy driving massive adoption of Android and iOS devices. There were fewer BlackBerry developers interested to work for Blackberry devices anymore and in result, the BB platform continued to sink. Third, RIM also failed to imagine that in future, smart devices would be used beyond merely a communication tool.
When their focus shifted from enterprise market to consumer market, the effort was too late. They just didn’t have enough apps to entertain their users. On other hands, increasing number of apps on the App Store and Google Play were continuously pushing them towards market’s leadership.
In January 2012, BlackBerry announced that BlackBerry 10 powered smartphones will run Android apps. Many specialists criticized that Android apps on BB device wouldn’t be able to perform as same as on Android. Early BB 10 releases were not that much perfect when it came to running Android apps. The process of installing Android apps to BB 10 required users to find a APK file, convert it to BB 10 compatible file format BAR. Then it’s installed via command line or using a Chrome extension. But in new release, it has been fixed now. In January this year, an update to BB10 allowed users to directly install Android app on BB devices.
Adding Android app support to BlackBerry devices gave RIM more time to stay and struggle in market. However, BlackBerry’s global market share is still less than a single digit and doesn’t show any sign of improvement in near future.
Now we have rumors that Windows too is going to add Android support by producing a Lumia phone running Android, branded “Nokia by Microsoft.” The rumor has come from evleaks.at. The logic behind this rumor is simple: because mobile developers aren’t making apps for Windows Phone OS, Microsoft can instantly solve this issue by adding Android support to Nokia devices. But evleaks.at makes us count some downsides of this approach. First, new developers looking to innovate Windows Phone platform will lose their interest and second, mobile developers, who already have Windows Phone apps lived, would also be showing less or no interest in updating their apps.
Indeed extending Android app support would excite Windows users as it did for BB users; however, both RIM and Microsoft have no choice but do this; especially when they have little market shares and are consistently losing them or having improvement in them at unnoticeable rate. Similar to Windows Phone, Samsung’s Tizen OS has also been rumored to run Android apps by Downloadtizenapps.com.