位于北京的Papaya Mobile公司首席执行官Si Shen表示android在亚洲具有极大的发展势头，特别是在日本，据称日本电信巨头NTT已经公开声明支持android。更为重要的是google现在已经前所未有地关注起了游戏行业，考虑到手机游戏是iphone应用中最大的成分，苹果公司应该能够感受到来自google的强力挑战。同样微软手机也正在逐步整合xbox的资源，手机游戏行业的竞争将会趋于激烈。
While Android’s user base is expected to surpass the iPhone’s, many passionate gamers would tell you that the gaming experience on the iPhone is far better than on Android – primarily because of the buttonless form factor of iPhone, but also because of the superior iPhone graphics. But a panel on mobile gaming at VentureBeat’s MobileBeat 2010 conference today said that’s not the case.
The panel participants all vehemently supported Android over iPhone, although largely because of developer support and the openness of Android’s platform rather than quality. However they also acknowledged several problems with Android, such as payment options, app discovery in the Android marketplace, and fewer categories in mobile gaming. They said they expect these issues to be resolved in the near future.
Si Shen, CEO of Beijing-based mobile game company Papaya Mobile, who was on the panel, said she sees tremendous momentum behind Android in Asia. Even in Japan, which is more “iPhone friendly”, NTT Docomo, the biggest mobile operator in Japan, has declared support for Android. Almost every carrier and OEM in Asia except Nokia is working on Android, she said.
The panelists downplayed the fragmentation problem, which many analysts cite as perhaps the biggest problem with Android. There are third-party platforms emerging to help developers port their applications to different Android devices, and the problem seems more similar to what developers face with slight differences in the way browsers read HTML rather than to the painful porting problems they faced with J2ME, for example.
On top of this, there are indications that Google is taking gaming seriously, as evidenced by its recent hiring of an advocate for game developers. Considering that gaming is one of the largest categories in iPhone applications, Apple should take the threat seriously. With the momentum behind Android and the soon-to-launch Windows Phone with XBox Live capability, things will get even more interesting.