As the revenue gap to iOS shrinks, why aren't developers supporting Android tablets?

The numbers have been studied, and all signs point to the fact that while developers still generate more revenue on iOS in the iTunes App Store than in the Google Play Store for Android devices, the gap is shrinking. We've also seen some pretty impressive new Android tablets on the market and on the way, so why aren't developers working harder to support 10" Android tablets?...
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49 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

One thing is app piracy. People sideload apps on Android and developers aren't willing to risk that chance. They make more money off iOS so the game is still quite huge.

5. aahmed215

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

There is app piracy on the iPhone too.

29. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Wow Mxy, ever heard of Cydia or Installous?? its actually far worse than sideloading apps on Android. I've even used it to download LogMeIn Ignition (a $99.00 app)

35. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yes you're correct, you have to jailbreak the device. Most use Cydia to get all their black market apps. Unlike Android, you can get them, and side load them practically from anywhere. Furthermore, you need not root device to use pirated apps, so the process easier, simpler.

46. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

DANG!!!! Apple is just starting to become more like Nokia! (Didn't c that coming!)

7. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I would say that Jailbreaking and Cydia is way more popular than sideloading on Android... For the average guy, it is known that Cydia exist and it is a complete pirate store available for jailbroken iphones... Android on the other hand is popular, but the average guy don't even know there is sideloading option... So your argument is not really valid... There is piracy on both OS

10. deuel_18

Posts: 54; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

arent there any blocking security system for piracy?..like what they did with RealPlayer in Google Chrome..luckily theres still window 8 i could use to download my favorite song/videos from youtube

16. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

That does seem fishy Hmmm...

23. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

That's still pretty impressive Apple having 57% of market share, specially that it is on its own, UNlike Android.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They had a huge head start, and Android tablets stumbled out the gate. Within a year or two, Apple share will mirror smartphones. Android JB is super smooth, without sacrificing any the power or flexibility.

37. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

just compare how many phones and tablets each OS has....enough of your dumb comments...

39. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Edit....

43. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

All you need is to open your browser, bang your done. How easy is that, or is it perhaps you have never tried it or know how to do it.

8. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Yeah, I'd have to agree with the guys who replied to you. Piracy may be easier on Android, but that doesn't mean it's more prevalent, because it is still only done by an extremely small proportion of the user base. And, regardless of piracy, Android is closing the gap with iOS in terms of app revenue, and that can't be ignored.

11. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Well-done article. I am curious to see that the ipadmini is supposedly set to grab a bit more marketshare. From what I've been hearing the 4 is the hot seller, and folks have been buying now-cheaper 3s and 2s instead of the smaller, less-capable, and non-retina-screened mini. I think the 7-9" tablet market will remain Android's, and the 9.7"+ will become a 3-way race (as it's already starting to be) between Android, ipad, and Windows RT

15. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The story author replying is like super food to the troll. Don't feed him. To add to the discussion, it's less necessary to rework an app for Android, since Android doesn't require a certain resolution like iOS. Like a PC, an android device scales to the given resolution. Also, data showing the inevitable dominance of android on the Tablet sector has only just started showing up. When developers start seeing a trending toward android and money to be made, developers will follow.

26. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

That's what everyone thinks, but I've had some good discussions with Myx.

30. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Where there's smoke...

38. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Must have been eons ago...

47. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

You guys need to realize that just because someone likes Apple doesn't make them a troll. I've seen you guys reacting to Myx like he's a troll, even though he hasn't said anything inflamatory.

49. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Great article but I think you nailed it at the end. The apps are universal which is a huge benefit to having an android tablet and phone. Developers can't double dip with Android users so gives them less incentive to do so. Personally I prefer only having to buy the app once or having to decide which device I want to buy it for. With the gap in market share closing I'm sure that'll be the push developers need.

12. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

It is clearly shown that u r an iSheep !!! if there are premium & Quality apps for tablets then why not..i would also pay for the app to gain future updates .....and don't talk like there is no Piracy in iOS .....stop bitching and accept your iOS is 2 years behind Android .....

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

What you said is load of baseless nonsense some ios app developers have as much piracy as android developers so that excuse is lame, jailbreak is a YouTube video away, people who want to pirate apps will pirate apps

34. LOTR12

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

A lot of android users don't side load or pirate apps because most of the ones they use are free, or the ones that come with the tablet/phone are good enough that they don't have to do all the pirate work.

36. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

You are entitled to your opinion. Yes, there are several useless apps that are free, especially games. However, say you wanted something with more substance, say to tether. You can get the free version, which they'll call lite, with minimum functionality. You have to invest $3.99 and upward for the pro version.

42. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

Im 100% android user and i 100% agree to what u have just said. u know just about 3 weeks ago i had to buy my first tablet. i did so much research to choose between iPad and Note 10.1 i cant tell u! but at the end i went for Note 10.1! u know why, cause of the Android! i love Android because of its openness! but i knew there would be not much of apps for my tablet. and yes there are literally not much! even the most commonly used apps have no tablet compatible version! i live in Pakistan. here we have no play store purchase facility. but i get the play cards more than their original price just to buy apps i like! for a person living in a country with no play store purchase facility, i still buy apps! i would personally like to request developers (either solo developers or companies) to pls develop apps for android seriously! u would not be disappointed! make our tablet experiences better and we would make ur pockets heavy.... lol :)

48. thephonedude

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 27, 2012

There is app piracy in iOS too.. ahem ahem *jailbreaking Ahem...download paid apps for free ahem..

2. MeoCao unregistered

Oh they will, after Nexus 10 we will see a lot more adapted apps for 10" hi-res Andoid tablets.

3. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

...... because those same "developers" have stock in Apple, so you see, it's a conflict of financial interest; they need Android tablets to fail, no matter how much more superior they may be to that tAmpAd, their iDividends depend on it.

4. wendygarett unregistered

Nice article Michael... Keep up the good work :)
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