DirectTV Android App for Tablets Updated

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  1. dennisj00

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    I think you have to realize that the programming staff(?) for these apps are 2 or 3 people (in the US or outsourced) on a good day.

    How can you justify more resources on a free app?
     
  2. Drew2k

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    There's a bit of exaggeration with regard to how many Android devices need to be tested to update and deliver adequate support of Android apps. Most apps can be successfully delivered with testing against fewer than 50 devices, using a cross matrix that tests the processors (about 3 or 4 in use), screen resolution (high and low), and form factor (phone, tablet). Netflix famously demonstrated this back in 2012, and another tech site back then also addressed the issue.

    Netflix Testing: http://techblog.netflix.com/2012/03/testing-netflix-on-android.html

    The other blog: http://techcrunch.com/2012/06/02/android-qa-testing-quality-assurance/

    Google has introduced many new changes since 2012, creating and deploying a new Android Framework that is separate from the OS level, and which is updated every 2 months or so outside of carrier control, which tends to eliminate some of the issues with OS fragmentation.

    App developers also have tools to track which versions of both the framework and OS are used by their customers. This helps them optimize the app for their largest customer base.

    By no means is Android app testing as straight [SIZE=14.3999996185303px]foward as Apple, but it's also not necessary to test every model of Android device ever released to deliver a quality product.[/SIZE]
     
  3. dennisj00

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    But if you just bought the latest tablet and it doesn't run the DirecTV app correctly, whose fault is it?

    I just know that in the change to IOS8, a couple of poorly supported apps crash and I'm waiting (patiently) for their update. Imagine if you were the developer for the 50 you say you need to test on Android.

    Netflix may have demonstrated this in 2012 but it's not 2012 anymore.
     
  4. peds48

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    Of course every dev can’t test every single device out there, while the method covers the majority of users, it does leaves behind some.
     
  5. peds48

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    And this is one of the greatest point of Apple iDevices, Apple itself makes sure that the new devices are backwards compatible out of the gate.

    When I got my iPhone 6, out of my 500+ apps only a handful (6), would not run on the new phone. I also discovered that 4 of those apps had not gotten updated to support iPhone 5
     
  6. Drew2k

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    DIRECTV's fault.

    You overlooked in my comment that since 2012 things have greatly improved for Android developers.
     
  7. Drew2k

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    This is not going to turn to that direction, is it? Let's try to avoid Apple to Android comparisons - they are not going to do anything but get fanboys on either side riled up.
     
  8. peds48

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    Well, let’s hope not. But when talking about support for an app, is very difficult to leave behind the hardware they run on and the different process the Devs have to go through to make the app for a specific OS and how easy/difficult is to develop for for it.
     
  9. Steve

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    The NBC app is free, but the streaming content is ad supported. Their iOS app was done by BottleRocket, BTW. Same outfit that did the apps for ESPN, SHO, Food TV, HGTV, DIY, et al. That makes it all the more puzzling, since they are pros at this. Makes me wonder if Samsung is doing something to block NBC on the S4. When you try to download it from the Play store, you get a "not compatible with this device" error message. Maybe they're looking for a % of ad revenue from the content providers? :scratchin Unlikely, I know, but it is an explanation that fits the facts.
     
  10. dualsub2006

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    Then they should go back and read the Netflix blog post about testing against a set of about 20 Android devices. Their app works consistently well on any Android device.

    There are also now tools built into the development environment that automates much of the process for Android 4.0 and above devices.

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  11. dualsub2006

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    That's funny that you say that, because when I got my Nexus 5, none of my apps refused to run on it.

    Same with my Nexus 7 when I upgraded to the 2013 version and KitKat.

    Admittedly, I only have about 200 apps or so, and I was a few months behind release on the upgrade, but I didn't have a single app that wouldn't run and I didn't have a single phone app that had black bars because the app couldn't scale to the 5" screen size.

    Not one.

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  12. peds48

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    That sums it up. The 4 apps I mentioned that do run on iOS8 were only updated to iOS5 (no wonder). The other two, are happily working now, after a week or so. You can’t compared Apple (no pun intended) to Oranges
     
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    I've seen the scaling issues that the iPhone 6 has. No thanks.

    OK, back on topic.

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  14. peds48

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    As long as the app supports iPhone 5 and above, the iPhone 6 scales it pretty nice. Making the app use the extra real state on the bigger screens are a plus

    but perhaps you want to comment on the issue you are seeing, cause I have not seen any and I have the iPhone 6
     
  15. dennisj00

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    No scaling problems here with the 6 or the Plus.
     
  16. peds48

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    Exactly!
     
  17. dualsub2006

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    Not here I don't.

    1. It's off topic
    2. It isn't my phone, I've just used it multiple times
    3. No discussion between us will make things any better.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
     
  18. peds48

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    Since two of us are not reporting any issues, we will leave as a fluke on the one you used.


    Sent from my iPhone 6 using Tapatalk
     
  19. Drew2k

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    Great suggestion Drew!
     
  20. peds48

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    Agreed! Let’s hope others can as well
     

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