For a Christmas release the retailers have to place their orders in the next 90 days. Microsoft not being in the hardware game has to have the OS finished or very close for the phone manufacturers to make up their mind to adopt the OS then do their inevitable
tinkerinmg i.e. not all LG phones (identical model) are the same if they come from different carriers there are always added and deleted functions unless mandated on a take it all or leave it license. Then it's tooling up time, marketing campagns to coordinate.
DaveK, with you having an enterprise mission critical environment you are severly limited in the device and carrier you have to select and some of this might be geographically dependant as well. You well understand the limitations you are involved with..
Surpirsed that blackberry never entered your discussion or anddroid platforms.
You may have to create a new frontend for each device that can work with the backend (server) or go totally custom i.e. the UPS (the courier) pad route.
Personal prejudice or preference has no place in the business.
Thanks for the input. It's good to get a little insight into the logistics with the phone manufaturers. I have not given the blackberry or android platforms a good look.
As far as creating a new front end for multiple devices, I waited until MIX to try to determine the best future for developing not just the rugged type of work we do with devices now, but the best opportunities for both commercial and consumer apps we plan
in the future. I have been mapping out the best way for us to maximize code reuse.I'd like to see if we can use MonoTouch to help us port some code written for .NET devices to Apple products. I think Apple is showing a lot of business promise for uses that
do not require a real hardened device.
I do realize that we may be forced to look at more custom hardware for more challenging physical environments, if things don't workout.
And yes, the bickering has gotten a little childish, but "He started it, Mommy". (I'm not taking a shot at you as Mommy, just trying to stay in character).
My appologies if I have offended anyone.