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Developers losing interest in Android, switching focus to iOS

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Developers losing interest in Android, switching focus to iOS
Sure, it may be true that over 500,000 Android devices get activated on a daily basis, but iOS appears to be a more tempting platform for software developers despite the booming popularity of Google's mobile operating system. At least, that is what the data collected in a recent survey conducted by the guys at Flurry Analytics indicates.

According to the research, which has collected data from over 45,000 independent software development companies, iOS-tailored projects started in the second quarter of 2011 outnumber Android ones for the same period by a ratio of about 3 to 1. In comparison, that ratio stood at about 2 to 1 during the first three months of the year. It is also worth noting that this is the second consecutive quarter in which more and more developers are seemingly shifting their focus to iOS, even though Android's popularity has been on the rise over the course of the entire 2010.

Developers losing interest in Android, switching focus to iOS
There are two major reasons given for all the attention that iOS is getting from developers – the launch of the iPad 2 and the fact that the iPhone 4 was made available for Verizon. It is hard to imagine how the numbers would shift if the iPhone makes it to Sprint and T-Mobile as well, and it seems like Android may be in trouble if that happens.

source: Flurry via AllThingsD


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posted on 15 Jul 2011, 09:22 5

1. Trevor (unregistered)


Real developers develop for all platforms. Not unless we are talking about some people who do not know how to code, they just know one programming language.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 09:42 11

11. KAL (unregistered)


What does real developers have to do with making money? The fact that there are still android devices launching with 600 mhz processors and various screen resolutions means not all apps are going to work for all upcoming devices.

Apples consistency platform ensures compatibility for developers, which is important to get ur apps to all of its customers. Android doesn't have that unless google does like microsoft and put a minimum hardware requirement that scales up as time goes on

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 09:54

169. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


we dont expect those 600mhz phones to run stuff like Infinity Blade, but hell, most games on the android market that are on Iphone are on Iphone 3GS and even 3 yet the android version some of the low end phones that are more powerful specs wise wont run them. Its because of terrible developers that want to just develop for one platform and be pussies about it instead of being a real software developer who makes their software actually scale platform architecture well.

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 07:17

145. pandamaja (unregistered)


What time article fails to mention is that this isn't an industry standpoint, this is developers using Flurry Analytics. It works similarly to Google Analytics. These numbers only represent developers using Flurry

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 09:24 6

2. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Well iOS has a much bigger market share thatcwill only grow and iOS userscare actually willing to buy an app.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 09:27 9

4. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


bigger market share.. 20% iOS vs 50% Android smartphone market share...

and willing to pay for apps? u see that article recently posted about 9 of 10 apps were pirated for that developer?

get off your ifanaticism and face facts for once. oi.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 09:43 4

12. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


Not to be an ass but you do know that IOS only has 2 platforms with two carriers while Android has a plethora of available devices across the entire mobile community. Kind of an unfair advantage don’t you think?

In any regards I am not putting one vs. the other. It’s all a matter of preference and opinion. Support the device that you like the best or support both devices because of their individual offerings.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 09:57 16

13. stevejobs (unregistered)


all I ever see on here is android junkies down talking iOS. Here's the facts

1. I choose apple because I like being ad free. You want your advertisement on my phone...you PAY ME for it.
2. Jailbreaking...FREE AD FREE APPS
3. I like the fact that I get a new iOS every year thats Bug Free and has been tested, where as anytime android get updated, all I deal with is people who got their phone bricked because of an update.
4. I buy an iphone, and in 2 years when I seel it I still get more for it than what I paid.
5. Simplicity
6. Smoothness
7. Quality
8. Customer Care/Genius Bar
9. iOS beta testing
10. Easy Synchronization

I work for Verizon Wireless and you know how many iPhone problems I get everyday..I thinkssince the launch of it on verizon i've had about only 4 DOAs that Apple Replace for free. Not no certified like new replacement BS. YOu know how many Droid issues I get everyday? 20-30. Phones are cheap quality and have THE MOST TROUBLESHOOTING there is.

So before you talk about Apple Fanboys, take a look in the mirror and what you are. You are nothing but an android junkie that just try to always think your OS is better. malacious software, virus protection, bricking, troubleshooting problems. You mys as well throw a bluescreen of death in there and call it Windows.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 10:06 4

17. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


The blue screen remark made my day!!!!! lol

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 10:19 6

19. iPittyAndroid (Posts: 10; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


BLUESCREEN OF DEATH! HAHAHAHA I think Android fanboys are so brainwashed that not only do they think their phones can do everything, but they also don't that it is Windows, WITH NO SECURITY. at least windows provides the security center which does a half as job. But still...third party software needed to protect your phone? cmon now android fanboys...cmon now. Admit it when you're wrong and admit it that your phone didn't have what you thought it did when something new came out on the iphone.

"oh android had that like 2 weeks ago it was an update."

WINDOWS and GOOGLE - Where you need to install an update, just to do an update.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 15:18 3

87. iBlowjobs (unregistered)


Brainwashed? everyone knows that each and every one of you Apple Fanboys are the brainwashed ones that are stuck in your own pretty little world. Now, I ain't talking about the average iPhone user, I'm talking about you hardcore steve jobs d**k sucking fanboys. You know who you are.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 10:29 13

22. box (unregistered)


@stevejobs: ...bug free? You're kidding, right?

"AntennaGate".
"TrackingGate".
iOS4 has led to the highest number of dropped calls and connectivity issues for a U.S. released OS/device this decade, regardless of carrier.
The iphone is a glorified ipod, which makes it a feature phone, but an advanced feature phone. True smartphones can do TRUE multi-tasking and web-browsing without utilizing apps, paid or not.
You had to jailbreak your phone to make it work how you wanted it. You rendered the work of your beloved company mostly useless because its product in standard form wasn't up to your desired specifications.
Amazon's AppStore lets you have the full version of a normally paid app ad-free, of which they have a variety being offered on a one-per-day basis.
The iphone is a stale product that isn't going to get much better. Apple's out of innovative ideas, and, as always, are following the creativity and developments of their competetitors, then "innovating" their ideas and trying to claim they came up with it first, even in legal fora, with isheep like yourself gobbling up every word as if it's Holy Writ.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 10:48 4

25. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


also, the iphone is availible on more than "2" carriers worldwide. its also quite common on Tmobile as well through unlocking.

the iphone has had its share of plenty of bugs.

and i love how you listed
". Jailbreaking...FREE AD FREE APPS" as a reason to buy it.

yea, thats called pirating. that makes you a problem in the ecosystem. those ads that you hate are paying you in a way. You are being paid the buck or 2 for the app that has an ad enhanced version because u get it for free instead of buying it and the developer gets paid anyways. its a small price to pay for free software.

easy sync? u have to do it by hand on an iphone, on android its wireless, instant, and automatic. whats easier than that?

ive seen plenty of dead iphones.
And there is no way u work at verizon. An indirect dealer does not count as "verizon". I dont know any verizon reps that are that stupid.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 10:57 6

29. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


Clarification,

My iPhone syncs music and apps automatically and manually. Its a setting that can be turned on or off.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 12:29 4

50. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol, i was also talking about WIRELESS syncing updates, contacts, apps, music sync wirelessly, google music streaming, calenders, built in google+ syncing all pix to web, on and on and on..

not just "updating apps" with a wire connection.. lol

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 12:35 3

51. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


ummm.... Actually, If I make a purchas in itunes from either my PC or my Ipad.... my iphone will automatically get it too without a wired sync. It updates via wirelessly. Its a new setting that can be turned on or off.



I'm not sure if we are on the same page. =P

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 14:35 2

75. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yea, android does that without requiring a purchase through itunes. ahhh, the freedom of... well.. freedom. if you want icloud to get your non itunes music u have to pay a yearly fee. google music is free and doesnt care about where it came from.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 11:22 4

31. iPittyAndroid (Posts: 10; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


first off i posted as steve jobs. antenna problems were on AT&T. Notice I said i work for verizon. never have i ever owned an AT&T iphone. you are pulling your stats from AT&T IPHONE! any phone on the AT&T network has the most dropped calls. incase you have been living under a android for the past 10 years, AT&T dropped 19million into their network last year and it is still the worst network out there for service wise. yes I think so because that is where you are getting your statistics from. I have never dropped a call on my iphone4 on verzion and never have i not had 3g connectivity.

you say the iphone won't get much better? what else can the android do that the iphone can't? who is the one who started the competition between google and apple? oh thats right, google with their Droid ads and iphone killer promotions. you think apple is scared of android and google? apple has the most loyal customers and apple gives the best customer service.

and when you say I had to manupilate my my iphone to make it work right? well when i had my droid 1, and droid incredible what was the first thing I did? i rooted it because the stock roms and kernels are horrible on bettery life. I had to rely on developers and nerds to make MY DROID better because the stock format just wasn't good enough for me. Stop talking like you don't have modifications to your android. You call apple fans "isheep" why? Because we're loyal? I have owned apple products since i've had my first computer. Sorry that we just have the brains to know what is good business and product.

You say apple won't get much better? hmmm...last time i checked they pretty much started the smartphone boom with touchscreen technology? who began the revolution of the smartphone and app market? android robots seem to forget. Why do samsung and android OS's try to make their OS look like iOS + Windows with their widgets? hmmmmmmmm...interesting.

All n all, open source is like a open door on a house. Whether you are home or not, anyone can walk in and grab your belongings.

and remember....verizon iphone4 not at&t

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 11:32 2

35. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


@iPittyAndroid

Take one "chill Pill" and call me in the morning.

You’re fighting a losing battle. I love apple products too but arguing facts vs. facts is a no win situation because everyone (IOS or Android) thinks their operating system is the best thing ever!

Like I originally said.... just like your phone product for what it is and what it can do.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 11:40 3

36. iPittyAndroid (Posts: 10; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


my chill pill is adderhal. facts vs facts? Why is it that Android ROBOTS can call iphone users isheep...but then Android ROBOTS don't call themselves ROBOTS when all they do is follow android and come up with bogus material that even google has never even heard of or said? It makes no sense to me.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 11:51 2

41. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


I agree 100%

iPhone fan boys used to give plain apple fans a bad name. Android fans pointed them out but in doing so many of them became fanatic fan boys themselves. These boards are trolling with pathetic android fan boys who know nothing other than their own opinions.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 10:25

170. Battleraiser (unregistered)


I can take my android's battery out.. can you? B-)

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 12:19 2

48. box (unregistered)


First, "pity" is spelled with 1 t, as in "I pity the fool who subscribes to apple's blatant lies to their customers about who created what and when".
Apple didn't invent the touchscreen. They merely marketed it better than previous manufacturers, and established the device as some sort of "exclusive" alternative to Blackberry, Palm, Windows, and Nokia E-Series, even though it's just a feature phone that's designed to stay connected to the data network all the time and use apps, rather than use temporary sessions to retrieve data at a set time and cycle, which was done to preserve battery life and keep data traffic light, especially in high-usage areas where smartphones are/were common, i.e. New York or London.
Further comments to follow...

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 13:29 1

68. iPittyAndroid (Posts: 10; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


pity was taken duh. and I never meant that apple invented the touchscreen. notice I through in "revolutionized"

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 14:51 1

84. phoneman123 (unregistered)


@ipittyAndroid i have been with us cellular, then sprint, then At&t then verizon left verizon for 2 weeks and went to helio then hightailed it back to verizon. saying all of that i have had almost every big device that has come out on all of those companys when i was with them. i had the iphone when i was at at&t and left cause of service great phone bad service network. got to verizon had signal everywhere i've never dropped a call i have two lines and i work for vzw as well i have the iphone 4 and a samsung charge, ive had the original droid, the eris, the devour, the incredible, droid x, droid x2 and now with the charge and iphone 4.

The iphone is very very very nice honstly it is. I get in my car and want to hear a video of a song that i want to hear on youtube so i plug my 3..5 mm jack into my phone to play thru my car speakers and hit play on my iphone on the youtube video it will not play im like why it says this video contect cant not b played on this device, so i huff and puff pull out my droid x at the time went to the exact same address hit play and the music played quickly and easily.

So im on the internet and therea video that i want to download that a exe. file i wont eventry to start to download it on my iphone i go to my droid and go to marketplace downlaod a app call download allfiles and download the exe. file easily.

i have the 16gb iphone which is a great phone i have a huge playlist of music that i want to hear at any moment while driving an hour to and from my store. i synced my playlist to my iphone once and couldnt get everything on it that i wanted "yeah i have alot of music" pulled out my droid and loaded everything you know how i loaded everything. you want to know how i loaded everything i purchased a 32gb micro sd card from ebay for $12 didnt have to by a 300 on contract 32gb iphone just a $12 memory card an popped that thing right into my phone and keep it moving. my droid is like my computer and my iphone is like a smartphone only it wont do all the out of the ordinary stuff that my droid does easily or with the help of a MORE THAN LIKELY "FREE" APP ON ANDROID MARKETPLACE. half the reason why iphone people are so loyal is cause they spent so much money buying apps in the app store that they feel like they are losing money by swithcing to any other phone. when i get a differnet droid i dont have to sync to my computer with a cable at home i can be on the road out of town anywhere unlike iphone

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 14:20

74. jayQ (unregistered)


just look at your screen name, i bet you wake up every morning run to your PC just to check the forum & talk sh*t all day about android. get a life, ipittyAndroid what a loser.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 20:53 1

118. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


I don't get the EXTREME hatred that most Android users on this site have for anything with an Apple logo on it. Man its just software lol. iOS is a bit more polished in the way of stability. We've all hears of the issues plagued with the AT&T version but my Verizon iPhone has been flawless, the people I know that carry them...theirs have been flawless. True you get more bang for your buck with Android but you also get more issues if we were going to generalize both platforms. Now I like technology so whether it's Android or iOS (or WP7/webOS when they mature a little more) I'm not biased towards either one but I have friends who migrated from Android to iOS & say they will never touch another Android device. Why? Apple makes a more reliable software & rightfully so...they only have to focus on one software version at a time. It should be less buggy. It's true for their computers and it's true for their tablets. You can't fight that. Owning my iPhone it's never reset, froze on me, lagged, demonstrated bad reception, loss all battery power before a day & a half. My Droid with the same level of usage has done all of these minus the reception side of things. Android fanatics are so quick to label someone who carries iAnything a fan boy overlooking the simple fact that maybe ppl get it and swear by it bc the s**t works. It may not have the open platform that Android does but what it does do it does it efficiently. I said my piece now you faggots can butcher & twist my words around to make me seem pro Apple.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 11:45 2

39. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)


All you have to do is read app reviews in the app store and see how many complaints there are of apps crashing. My GF's smurfs game even made her phone reboot!

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 11:52 4

42. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


@NeXoS...

None of your comments are constructive! Just go away already.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 12:38 1

53. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)


Yes, but there is the nice profile picture!

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