OK, is anyone else finding it a little bit bizarre that there is no Android version of FileMaker Go? Or have I missed it?
You can get FileMaker for Windows, so why not Go for Android (and others)?
on 2013-06-06 7:41 GaryTate wrote
OK, is anyone else finding it a little bit bizarre that there is no Android version of FileMaker Go? Or have I missed it? You can get FileMaker for Windows, so why not Go for Android (and others)?
i would guess it's a cost/benefit issue; the question of whether the cost of
developing an Android version justifies the benefits; the whole thing would
have to be redeveloped in Java, and accommodate a range of different Android
versions; assuming Go/Android were a free app, how well would it would drive
FileMaker Pro sales?
a highly popular Go app (or apps) would probably make all the difference
Remember who owns FileMaker?
on 2013-06-06 11:35 DavidZakary wrote
i doubt that matters; the point of Go now seems to be to drive FMP sales (on
Windows and OS X platforms); if FMI could sell millions of units to Windows
users, would Apple stop it?
and Android is getting stronger and stronger.
I really can't see that as being a show stopper. FileMaker runs on windows.
I would have thought that the easiest thing to do would have been to develop a code base that is useable on multiple platforms from the start, ye it will never be totally cross competible but you could have the core a core that was.
I've been putting together a couple of databases designed to be used on Go to help run local clubs and youth football teams, but a lot of people use Android so they never going to be able to use them.
I think that your best bet will be IWP, unless you have some PHP background. Based on the initial changes to the architecture of FM12, I can see a positive direction regarding mobile deployment and web publishing. A CCS-like layout interface in the client model, will help translate to a better web publishing experience.
It doesn't help us right now, but it's a step in the right direction. IWP is somewhat usable for very basic things, but you have to be ok with it not looking all that great ( and be will to learn some workarounds ).
That relies on a network connection though ;-)
That is true.
on 2013-06-07 7:27 GaryTate wrote
That relies on a network connection though
if the web engine were right on the mobile device, it could use an HTML
viewport without a need for a network connections
Not sure what you mean. You'd need FileMaker Server running on the device too as something needs to serve the database.
on 2013-06-08 5:05 GaryTate wrote
that's sort of what i mean, but it wouldn't need be FMS per se, just something
capable of serving a database over the web to a single client; to my mind a
single-client "web server" would be a fairly light-weight addition to the
database engine in Go; still something that would have to be coded for iOS and
Android, very different development platforms
FYI-I was just asked the same thing. Users are interested in getting an Android Tablet and using FileMaker Go.
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