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Mono will be the cross-platform tool for Android and iOS development

The nice folks on the Novell’s Mono team are almost ready with MonoDroid – a C# version of the Android API, and MonoTouch – the C# version of the iOS frameworks has been around for a while now. So, if you are about to start a new iPhone/iPad application and you already know C#, you should definitely check MonoTouch. If later you decide to support Android, it will be easier to port your app from MonoTouchto MonoDroid than to rewrite it from Objective-C to Java.

The year of the tablet

At CES this year, I saw more than a dozen vendors who are preparing to launch tab, slate or pad device in 2011. Most of the devices are going to be Android based. Except for a few big exhibitors like Samsung and RIM, most companies were showing just prototypes.

So this year will be the year of the tablets. We will see a lot of devices and ultimately the competition will drive the prices down. As the devices become more affordable, soon there will be at least one and likely a few tab devices per household. The demand for tablet apps is going to be huge. Same is true forother products like movies, newspapers, magazines and books.

Windows Phone 7 – great platform, sad user experience

If you have been a Windows developer and at the same time Apple iPhone/iPad or Google Android user then you probably know what I am talking about here.

Windows Phone 7 is running on top of Silverlight and XNA, and then you can use Visual Studio and/or XNA Game Studio for WP7 development. So in terms of development WP7 is a dream platform.

That being said, I am looking at the WP7 phone that I got for research, and the user interface is just plain ugly. I am talking about the square boxes, or info tiles (or however you want to call them) on the home screen; the black and white lists and dialog boxes; the square black and white buttons and the half-hidden page titles.

I keep wondering why, given the capabilities of Silverlight and XNA, why has Microsoft created such an unexciting user interface?

The phone I have is SAMSUNG SGH-i917 with AT&T

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