August 26, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
So that’s why it took so long to get a half-decent Android app out of Facebook.
Joe Hewitt, the man who created the popular Facebook app for iPhone, and then quit over frustration with Apple’s review process, is dipping his toe into the Android pool. And it looks like Hewitt doesn’t like the water.
Since the beginning of this month, Hewitt has been making comments about Android that reveal his distaste for the development process on the green bot. In response to a question about how he rates Android development compared to iOS, Hewitt replied that “Android tools are horrendous, OS is hideous.” He also disapproves of Android’s device fragmentation and the lack of a tracking system to “chart the subtle differences between each device, so [developers] needn’t buy every one.”
It’s not all bad in Hewitt’s eyes. Despite the fragmentation and “sloppily-designed” development tools, he gives Android the slight edge for the “absence of big brother telling me what to do.” The developer also expressed positive feelings towards the Motorola Droid X, namely the device’s large screen.
Hewitt’s comments have been expressed by other developers who don’t like Android’s splintering among phones, but this is the first time I’ve read about a developer as recognized as Hewitt complain specifically about Android’s development tools. He’s definitely not a fan of Java, but he’s accepted that as a trade-off for obtaining more freedom. Either way, at least he’s involved in Android and will hopefully come up with results as good as what we’ve seen him do on other platforms.