If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you should know there is one love in my life that manages to outdo mobile phones. My one true love is music; I am a musician, and I honestly believe that music wasn’t just a symptom of our intelligence evolving all those millennia ago, but a cause. Music has the power to unite, and apparently, now, it has the power to unite disparate smartphone OSes, which all hate each other.
Yes, a man called Steffest (yes, all one word) has written a cross-platform app, and then made a musical instrument out of a mix of Android and Windows Mobile phones, and an iPhone. Check it out:
That’s actually rather impressive, that is!
When you consider that he had to write the same app in three different languages (Java for Android, C# for Windows Mobile and in Objective-C for the iPhone), that must’ve taken some work to get it running on all three platforms. And then, it took some skill (and a whole wad of gaffer tape) to turn the five devices he used into a musical instrument. And then, of course, it took some musical skill to actually play them all at once, to make a recognisable tune. So why, in the name of all that’s holy, after all that work, did he choose to play a Neil Diamond song??
Ah well, never mind. The point is, quite apart from the fact that it’s nice to see smartphones that hate each other coming together in the name of music, that this story is a nice counterpoint to Steve Jobs wanting all developers to solely develop for the iPhone. He said as much, when he said that cross-platform apps are rubbish.
Steffest, even if he did play a Neil Diamond song to prove his point, proves that viewpoint is wrong. Now imagine if you combined the power of the HTC HD2 and the HTC Desire (and if you want, the iPhone 3GS, to keep the fanboys happy).
That’d rock (and quite possibly literally rock, as long as you don’t pick a Neil Diamond song to demonstrate it)…
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