Here’s an interesting story Chris (@cbales) sent me about why tablets can’t be treated as small desktops.
Seems obvious, but when you’re in the development weeds, it’s an easy assumption to make. Save time, get something out to users now, check off to-dos, etc.
Ironically, yesterday’s announcement at Google IO (@googleio) from Peter Vesterbacka that Angry Birds will join the Chrome Web Store brings up the same problem in the opposite direction, namely that Angry Birds doesn’t have the compelling game play when you’re using a mouse or a controller.
It’s obviously a great touch-based game, but if your gaming platform of choice rocks a mouse or a controller, you’ll probably be scratching your head about the hype.
So, it’s smart advice to design for the device, but it’s tough to follow. The next time I hear that said, I’ll be tempted to bring up Angry Birds. We’ll see how that goes.