Developer's Project Management Checklist for Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Page 2
Developer's Project Management Checklist for Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Here are a few more tips from a project management perspective:
- Budget time for developers to review the SDK when it is released.
- Budget to buy new hardware once ICS devices like the rumored Nexus Prime hit the market.
- Have testers ready to immediately review how your existing applications perform on the ICS platform, and developers ready to address any issues.
- Recall that the Android Market recently added support for multiple APKs for a given application. For some projects, this may be the ideal time to branch your code to support your legacy application (as-is) and begin to develop a new version that fully takes advantage of everything Android has to offer for the future.
- A reasonable place to split would be Honeycomb. Although the compatibility library exists and can be used on much earlier versions, it doesn't contain everything. Your old application can continue to use the library while your new version may not need to, while being able to take advantage of all, or most of, the new features of Honeycomb and ICS.
- Finally, take heart in the fact that operators and carriers usually hold off on rolling out new platform upgrades to consumers until weeks or months after the platform is released to developers. So, you have some time to iron out the kinks in your applications.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich will be here before we know it. And as soon as it arrives, we'll be clamoring for the next release. Developers have the opportunity to use this time before the release wisely, to prepare their existing applications and begin developing new applications. Project teams can begin to prepare for the impending release, so they are not caught unawares. We look forward to hearing your take on ICS when it appears, and encourage you to share your speculations in the comments!
About the Authors
|Shane Conder and Lauren Darcey -- Contributing Editors, Mobile Development -- have coauthored two books on Android development: an in-depth programming book entitled Android Wireless Application Development (ISBN-13: 978-0-321-62709-4) and Sams Teach Yourself Android Application Development in 24 Hours (ISBN-13: 978-0-321-67335-0). When not writing, they spend their time developing mobile software at their company and providing consulting services.
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