Norbert R. Möhring (Mr. September 2009)
I met Norbert Möhring at the AUGE (Active User Group Europe) meeting last Saturday in Frankfurt. I had invited him via twitter to attend the AUGE meeting because a good friend of mine, Ronan “zero” Schwarz, was going to do a presentation on Android Development.
I was so glad that Norbert attended. It gave me a good chance to get to know him better, to find out what he did for a living and that he indeed is also a passionate android developer.
I immediately saw the opportunity to profile him on what’s up, android. I sent him a few questions last night and right away he replied with these answers:
1. What are the top three (3) things you love about android and why?
1) it’s open source
2) it’s a java framework and I can develop my apps just like I want (and install them without using any market)
3) a lot of free apps available already, if i miss anything, I can download it directly from the market
2. What are some of the challenges android faces in becoming THE platform choice?
– business applications that get connected with your business infrastructure (like windows mobile does with outlook i.g.)
3. Do you think android will over take the iPhone? Is that even a reasonable question to ask?
– no, I think they can exist beside each other. If android gets to business applications, it’s more a threat to windows mobile I think.
4. Are you an android developer?
– I defenetly am
5. Got any cool apps you want to share with the world?
– Metricdroid: own app useful if you’re traveling to the US
– K9 better e-mail client
– barcode scanner
– Sticky Note – post it on your home screen
– Finger Ball – adicting game
6. What do you see android becoming, 2 years down the road? 5 years down the road?
2 years: android preinstalled on around 50 mobile phones and several netbooks. android going for business apps
5 years: worlddomination
Norbert runs his own company, SANID, with his partner Marc Schroetel . Norbert is also one of the founders and organizers of GTUGFRA (Google Technology User Group Frankfurt). He runs GTUGFRA with Darren Cooper of dmr solutions gmbh.
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