Developer friendly phone manufacturers

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A brief study of four
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    1. 1. Developer Friendly Phone Manufacturers A brief study of four Android phone manufacturers By: Nolan Haynes
    2. 2. Introduction Largest trouble in picking a phone to develop and test applications on is picking the right one Five criteria: Developer Program, Real Test Devices, Development Software, Support, Cost A number of criteria should be used when choosing a phone from a specific manufacturer to develop on
    3. 3. HTC Corporation <ul><li>Developer Program: Developer Center </li></ul><ul><li>Cost to join?: None </li></ul><ul><li>Development Software: None </li></ul><ul><li>Test on real device?: None </li></ul>
    4. 4. LG Electronics <ul><li>Developer Program: LG Mobile Developer Network </li></ul><ul><li>Cost to join?: None </li></ul><ul><li>Development Software: None </li></ul><ul><li>Test on real device?: Yes </li></ul>
    5. 5. Sony Ericsson <ul><li>Developer program: developer WORLD </li></ul><ul><li>Test on real device?: Yes </li></ul><ul><li>Developer software: Xperia X10 add-on for the Android SDK </li></ul><ul><li>Cost to join?: None </li></ul>
    6. 6. Motorola Mobile <ul><li>Developer Program: MOTODEV </li></ul><ul><li>Test on real devices?: Yes </li></ul><ul><li>Development Software: MOTODEV Studio for Eclipse </li></ul><ul><li>Cost to join?: None </li></ul>
    7. 7. Support <ul><li>Firmware Updates: Updating phones to the latest version of Android </li></ul><ul><li>Forums: Interact with developers and gain feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs: Keeping the developer community in the loop </li></ul>
    8. 8. HTC Support <ul><li>Dream updated to Android 1.6 (Donut) </li></ul><ul><li>No developer blog </li></ul><ul><li>Hero updated to Android 2. (Eclair) </li></ul><ul><li>Magic updated to Android 1.6 (Donut) </li></ul><ul><li>No developer forums </li></ul>
    9. 9. LG Support <ul><li>No update offered at this time </li></ul><ul><li>Updated blog located at developer.lgmobile.com/lge.mdn.frm.RetrieveNewsEventList.dev </li></ul><ul><li>Active developer forums located at developer.lgmobile.com/lge.mdn.frm.RetrieveOverview.dev </li></ul>
    10. 10. Sony Ericsson Support <ul><li>Xperia X10 to be provided Android 2.1 (Eclair) in Q4/2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Infrequently updated blog located at blog.sonyericsson.com </li></ul><ul><li>Not found </li></ul><ul><li>Xperia X10 Mini/Mini (Pro) to be provided Android 2.1 (Eclair) in Q4/2010 </li></ul>
    11. 11. Motorola Support <ul><li>Backflip not will not receive Android 2.1 (Eclair) </li></ul><ul><li>Actively updated blog located at http://community.developer.motorola.com/t5/MOTODEV-Blog/bg-p/MOTODEV_Blog </li></ul><ul><li>DEXT not will not receive Android 2.1 (Eclair) </li></ul><ul><li>QUENCH not will not receive Android 2.1 (Eclair) </li></ul><ul><li>Highly active forums located at http://community.developer.motorola.com/mtrl/ </li></ul>
    12. 12. Cost <ul><li>developer WORLD: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>32.95 - 147.95 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MOTODEV and Mobile Developer Network: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Depends on package chosen from Device Anywhere </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Conclusion FIN Twitter: Soul_Est Email: [email_address]

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