Music unites the smartphone market – and shows cross-platform apps CAN work

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??

Gah!

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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It's a little known fact Technical Markus has now beaten both his Transformers addiction AND his Mass Effect addiction, by replacing both with an equally obsessive addiction to XCOM: Enemy Unknown and buying Humble Bundles for his Android phone. At the moment, he's pondering the actual usefulness of smartwatches and smart glasses, even if the nerd in him is shouting for joy at how sci-fi they are. He spends his spare time being whinged at to figure out what's wrong with other people's mobile phones, and drinking unimaginable quantities of tea. With milk. And three sweeteners, thanks for asking. Oh, and he's got an HTC One X, but he reckons his next phone might be a Sony, the turncoat...

2 thoughts on “Music unites the smartphone market – and shows cross-platform apps CAN work

  1. rich negus

    Neil Diamond is a genius. That was a great version of Cracklin Rosie although I would have preferred him do a more rockin Neil song like “I’m A Believer” or something edgy like “Girl You’ll be a woman soon” but don’t dis Neil despite his image he is actually a brilliant song writer.

    Seems like the iphone was doing all the heavy lifting too.

  2. TechnicalMarkus Post author

    Ooooh, we’ll have to agree to disagree on the Neil Diamond issue, as I can’t stand the man. Gimme Geddy Lee, Gary Moore, Phil Lynott, all four members of Queen, or the double header of Dave Gilmour and Roger Waters, any day! Could’ve been worse, though, could’ve been Neil Sedaka…

    You just can’t compare Sweet Caroline to Comfortably Numb:P

    However, I do have to agree about the iPhone doing the heavy lifting (and well spotted, by the way), but in that project, there’s a good reason for that. Looking at the phones on there, it looks like the iPhone is the only one he used that supported multitouch, For the chord picking, y’see. I bet he could swap it out for an HTC HD2, if he built a new version, but yes, at the time, I’ll bet that was why he picked an iPhone.

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