As the world progresses towards the launch of Google Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system, developers at Google have sent out clear message to fellow app developers to work on a unified platform. Going forward with the Android ICS launch, there will be no longer classification in between different devices such as tablets and smartphones.
Google, though a post on their developers blog, has sent out clear instruction to developers to work on the application so that they are compatible across platforms.
“Some Honeycomb apps assume that they’ll run only on a large screen, and have baked that into their designs. This assumption is currently true, but will become false with the arrival of ICS, because Android apps are forward-compatible — an app developed for Honeycomb is compatible with a device running ICS, which could be a tablet, a phone, or something else,” Google said on the developer’s blog.
Google has left the option open to the developers as to control the applications from installing on other category of devices if they do not wish it to. So if a developer wants its application to run only on smartphones then thy will have to code it in such a way that it does not allow users to install it on a tablet and vice-verse.
But with this move, many developers will be happy in developing one application which works flawlessly on both platforms rather than being choosy on where to let it work.