Let’s take the same statement and use a time machine to go back when FMGo was just starting (meaning when is was a PAID app from the app store). It reads: iOS a huge market could be opened up, more revenue, more investment, more developers. Then they made the app free. Adoption did increase, but to what degree?
I’ll agree that both FileMaker and the community do have more of those (revenue, investment, developers) with FMGo being part of the toolkit, but how does that increase compares to the magnitude of the iOS market? I’m not suggesting that FileMaker should not have developed a client for iOS and stayed on the sidelines, that would have been a mistake. But what was gained was more on the side of the product offering than the revenue / investment / devs combination. The product offering does have traction to convert people over, translating to revenue / investment / devs. Traction to the point we can say there is a “before” and an “after”? I don’t think so.
Now replace iOS with Android and my conclusions are the same.
For devs, the options are numerous and I don’t know anyone who can pretend to “keep up” with everything. We make choices because we feel comfortable with a product and past experience prevents us from the pitfalls that learning a new tool brings to the table.
FileMaker is not being taught in school, it is not an open source tool someone can just pick up and go to town with. Who do you know to be proficient with a tool, would convert to FileMaker based on a 45 day trial? The way I understand it, the 45 day trial is for business users. Not existing devs from other platforms, not new devs seeking a platform.
I doubt that someone who codes for Android would look at a native FM client on Android and leave their comfort zone to learn all the subtle and not so subtle differences FileMaker incarnates.
The same way, I doubt that people are staying away from FileMaker because it does not have a native Android app. Agreed, we don’t have the selling point that says “runs natively on Android”, but if that is the one and only thing that keeps someone away from FileMaker, that sounds to me like it is because the solution they have to connect to is not a solution they “need” (it does not bring enough value, if the value was there, they would already be users, using FileMaker the way it is today).
Maybe we will get to see if that gamble pays off for Xojo? That said, I have 2 things to say about that:
- I recall of windows users complaining about their version lagging behind because of progress going on iOS / MacOS
- Will you jump ship if Xojo’s product offering becomes more Android friendly?