iPhone and iPad and the Java problem

iPhone and iPad were really dominating the market. They simply forced thousands of companies and developers to create apps for iOS and yes, this was very profitable for some and not so profitable for others to say the least. But the landscape changed. There are more and more Android devices, for tablets and smartphones alike. Windows is trying to gain market share and they are doing an OK job I think. Nothing special but they may play a role in the near future. Nevertheless, native apps will die sooner or later. It’s just not affordable for all companies to provide apps for three or maybe even more platforms. More and more companies will bet on WebApps and I think it’s a really good bet. You just create one app and it’s available for all operating systems. Simple as that.

So now the problem with Apple devices like iPhone, iPad and also iPod touch is that it does not support Java but Java plays an important role with almost everything that surrounds us. No matter if these will be any type of games or business applications. This is a real dillema for Apple and I’m sure they know it. They know that Samsung and others are selling more and more phones and they see that customers like the oppenness of Android. They also know that they won’t be able to keep the technology gap forever. Nowadays, it’s maybe even Samsung that is ahead in terms of technology. And this is something Apple really cannot afford. They can’t rely on geeks that will buy Apple products come hell or high water. I really doubt that they can avoid the necessary steps and these are to bet on web Apps instead of native apps. Otherwise developers with tight budget will prefer Android over iOS and this will make Android even more attractive and to be honest: It’s the iOS that was the real reason why people love(d) the iPhone and iPad not because their technology is better…