+Cache Alchemy Posted July 28, 2008 Share Posted July 28, 2008 With all the talk of geocaching on the Apple iPhone 3G, which in the US anyhow, requires a rather expensive AT&T contract, I am surprised there isn't more talk of the upcoming Android platform. It will launch this year from T-Mobile, and sometime next year from Sprint (Verizon and AT&T are suposedly not happy about not being able to lock features out and the like on the phones, but are expected to come out with Android compatable phones anyhow). Since the Android uses a customized version of Java, I would think translating a good geocaching app wouldn't be too hard. Plus all Androids will have GPS enabled... how good that GPS will be will remain to be seen, though SiRF Technology is a member of the Open Handset Alliance (the ones who define the Android hardware). I have seen lots of very cool Android aps/games taking advantage of the Android's GPS, but no geocaching apps yet. From a programming standpoint the Android seems to have advantages over the iPhone. You can program for it on Linux, Windows, or OSX, not just OSX. The modifications to Java don't seem to complex, mostly loosing the cross platform functionality of Java, but then I don't know much Java, more of a C# man myself... Of course currently being limited to Java and not other language such as C++ may be a limiting factor... So anyone else looking forward to geocaching with an Android? Anyone know of any geocaching apps in development for it? Quote Link to comment
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