13 Replies Latest reply on Jun 18, 2014 7:22 AM by dcassano

    Android

    GaryTate

      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)?

       

      Gary

        • 1. Re: Android
          sporobolus

          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

          • 2. Re: Android
            DavidZakary

            Remember who owns FileMaker?

            • 3. Re: Android
              sporobolus

              on 2013-06-06 11:35 DavidZakary wrote

              Remember who owns FileMaker?

               

              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?

              • 4. Re: Android
                intex

                and Android is getting stronger and stronger.

                • 5. Re: Android
                  GaryTate

                  I really can't see that as being a show stopper. FileMaker runs on windows.

                  • 6. Re: Android
                    GaryTate

                    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.

                    • 7. Re: Android
                      jormond

                      Gary,

                      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 ).

                      • 8. Re: Android
                        GaryTate

                        That relies on a network connection though ;-)

                        • 9. Re: Android
                          jormond

                          That is true.

                          • 10. Re: Android
                            sporobolus

                            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

                            • 11. Re: Android
                              GaryTate

                              Not sure what you mean. You'd need FileMaker Server running on the device too as something needs to serve the database.

                              • 12. Re: Android
                                sporobolus

                                on 2013-06-08 5:05 GaryTate wrote

                                Not sure what you mean. You'd need FileMaker Server running on the device too as something needs to serve the database.

                                 

                                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

                                • 13. Re: Android
                                  dcassano

                                  FYI-I was just asked the same thing. Users are interested in getting an Android Tablet and using FileMaker Go.