Kickstarter backers in line for an Android or touchscreen Windows 8 port of Björk’s app/album Biophilia are going to be be disappointed: the project has been put on hold indefinitely, reports Pitchfork. In a letter to the project’s contributors, the Biophilia team explains that “the costs were too gigantic and we were too optimistic,” deciding that it would be better to stop the project than let it drag on, although it didn’t rule out coming back to it in the future. Biophilia was originally released for the iPad in October, 2011.
Android apps are hackjobs – the lack of a proper development workflow is apparent in the poorly constructed user experiences of even A-list apps like Evernote. Windows 8 apps are featureless ghosts of their cross-platform counterparts, reflective of that platform’s overwhelming limitations.
I’m curious to see what the development tools are like for blackberry and what kind of leeway their apps have. I certainly hope developers don’t use the Android runtime as a crutch, but only superior blackberry development environments can prevent that.