If you attended (or watched) our Mobile-First CrunchUp last week, you’ll remember that a lot of the discussion revolved around the pros and cons of using the iOS and Android platforms. The debate was particularly interesting because it featured Matias Duarte, Android’s Director of User Experience, and it touched on everything from designing apps to the data each platform gives developers access to.
Now Nick Farina, the cofounder of Spotlight Mobile, has written an extensive (and timely) recap of their experience porting their Meridian app over to Android (Spotlight Mobile has also developed several premium applications, including the Barnes & Noble Bookstore). This is hardly the first blog post to explore the issues involved with making the jump, but it’s more thorough than most and does a good job explaining the pros and cons of both platforms (it’s also perfectly understandable for those of us who aren’t accomplished developers). You can find his full post here.
Among the highlights from Farina’s post:
Again, if you’re a developer you’d probably do well the read the whole post here. It’s a fascinating read.
Meridian, which we’ve covered before, is an app that lets venues create custom, GPS-enabled guides. For example, the Portland Art Museum currently uses the app to give users maps around each exhibit (complete with audio narration for various pieces), as well as maps to key locations in the museum, like the restrooms.