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App Store beats Android Market in new submissions three to one now due to fragmentation

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App Store beats Android Market in new submissions three to one now due to fragmentation
Apple's iOS application store has beat the Android Market shop in new submissions in January more than usual. For every three apps that popped up for the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, only one new application appeared in Android Market last month, according to Flurry.

Using its own tools, the company which specializes in mobile software analysis and data, found out that this is a worse ratio for Android, which usually masters two to one submissions. The number of iOS apps has now increased to more than 550 000, and, while Android has climbed to north of 400, 000 apps, the gap with the App Store is widening due to the accelerated submissions there.

The developers interviewed said that it simply takes 30% more time to write a game, for example, and tailor it for all the Android versions and graphics processors out there, not to mention that iTunes has hundreds of millions of credit card accounts on file, making app payments a snap. GameHouse, which made popular titles like "Doodle Jump" and "NCIS: The Game", said that its iOS apps earn three to four times more, compared to the Android versions.

The popular Kayak travel search engine, for another instance, had to spare two engineers for month and a half to simply tailor its app for the Kindle Fire, since it is not a "with Google" device, and they had to use Bing, instead of Google Maps.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich is the horse Google is betting on to remedy the issues with fragmentation and easier app monetization is in store for Android Market, but until then the application gap seems to be widening in favor of the App Store.

source: Bloomberg

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posted on 15 Feb 2012, 04:45 9

1. tluv00 (Posts: 134; Member since: 18 Oct 2007)


I have an OG iPad. New games crash it. Old games don't. Fragmentation. It's everywhere. It may take longer to develop but my Android apps work when I first download them. My iOS ones don't but eventually do after 1-2 updates and scathing reviews in the App Market (when they aren't censored).

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 11:49 2

12. tluv00 (Posts: 134; Member since: 18 Oct 2007)


So I get two thumbs down because I mention something that is true and that I experience for myself instead of just regurgitating rhetoric? Interesting. Either of you two care to mention why you decided to choose thumbs down?

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 14:23 2

16. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


I gave you an upvote because you speak truth. I have an iPhone 3G I use solely for music at the gym. When I actually do try and play a game on it, it crashes harder than the Costa Concordia. It also still runs 3.1.3. And that's the problem with iOS. A lot of people don't upgrade the OS because they choose not to. And that means some apps won't work. Now, unless I'm absolutely bats**t crazy, that constitutes as fragmentation.

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 15:51 1

17. tluv00 (Posts: 134; Member since: 18 Oct 2007)


It may not as "bad" as Android but the fact that it is always swept under the rug or "excused" is the issue I have. I appreciate both OS for their strengths but I also take into account their weaknesses when it comes to what I want.

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 17:25

18. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


nobody doubts ios (or any platform) has fragmentation by definition… but true fragmentation is what is causing android problems… android devices become fragmented before they are even through their cycle, while ios devices at least reach the 2 year agreement… for almost everything, apps run on older devices, the only one i know of is ibII not running on ipad uno because it is almost freaking 1 gig and requires a lot of memory… but still this is more of a hardware issue, not particularly ios

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 06:22 3

2. Striker (Posts: 92; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


I told you Handroid is goin' down, already. iOS is going stronger and so is WP.

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 06:51 10

4. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


or it can only mean=iOS users download and pay for every sh*t ;-)

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 09:00 2

6. thinking (Posts: 130; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)


Having lesser apps does not mean a system is going down. Really, do you care whether Android has 400000 or 100000 apps? No, you care about the apps that YOU are going to use and they are all there on both systems.
Also, going by the 3:1 logic in the article and the 550000:400000 fact provided, one can actually conclude at some time earlier, there were more apps for Android than iOS. Would you have said that iOS was going down?

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 06:30 4

3. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


Striker strikes again.. by trolling..

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 07:03 4

5. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


WHERE IS THE IOS FRAGMENTATION ARTICLE TO STOP THIS ONE SIDED BULL?

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 17:26

19. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


what are u going to say? by definition every os is fragmented but there are not nearly the same problems as it causes for android…

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 09:04 1

7. thinking (Posts: 130; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)


If it takes an app developer just a little bit more to suit his app to different versions of iPhones, it clearly means that those "different" versions are really very alike. This means that the "latest" iPhone is nothing but a very small modification of what was there several years ago. This means that apple is fooling its buyers every time it brings out a "new" device.

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 09:10 1

8. DaveyJE24 (Posts: 54; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


My original I pad freezes all the time with new apps. Why does ph0near3na always try to bash android any chance they can get?

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 10:40 1

9. buggerrer (Posts: 282; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


'GameHouse, which made popular titles like "Doodle Jump" and "NCIS: The Game", said that its iOS apps earn three to four times more, compared to the Android versions.'

What a surprise... People who would pay more for the Apple brand also pay more for apps!

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 11:15

10. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


i wonder what happen to the angry ninja birds..?

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 11:21

11. blazee (Posts: 240; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


removed from the market by apple

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 12:13 3

14. Dmann (Posts: 165; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


If they were truly ninja, they would never have been spotted in the first place.

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 12:12 1

13. Dmann (Posts: 165; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


All this article is saying is that it´s just harder to make apps for Android... Too many devices, and less income. That´s it.

Nobody is saying that iOS doesn´t have fragmentation or anything like that.

I just think it is stupid for a developers to choose only one OS, unless they are getting paid to be exclusive.

Samsung gets much more money making Android Phones. That never stopped them from making Windows Phones. Who wouldn´t want an extra income?

Now if developers say that by making Android Apps they are losing money, that´s a whole different story.

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 12:18 1

15. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


ill take quality over quantity any day. android offers apps that have functionality that will NEVER be available on IOS.

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