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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6. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Probably too much trouble developing for so many different devices. Time is money. I do like the nexus tablets though.

9. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Android uses responsive design. Just like web developers don't have to worry about all of the different computer/display setups in the world, neither do Android devs. There may be issues that arise after the app is made because of the various devices, but that is a support issue, not a development one.

18. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Development is not a major issue you mostly need to have the icons in 3 standard but the code remains the same, yeah there are some compatibility issues related with codding but same thing could be said about iPhone d With new iOS versions

40. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Good point but I still believe there are issue with different variations of android being offered along with different hardware grades. Also, up until the nexus 7 wa offered there really wasn't anything worth while offered.

45. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Compatibility for different versions of Android is no different than for different versions of iOS.

13. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

This is purely a time issue, these capable Android tablets are so fresh that the app world is yet to properly respond. They may be a little lazy, but it'll only take a couple of big developers to come out with well optimized apps, and competition won't risk falling behind - soon everybody's going to make Android tablications. And Jelly Bean is a GREAT platform for it.

21. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I agree that JB is a very awesome piece of software and I think if we can get carriers and manufacturers to release these updates sooner, we could see some huge gains in the app tablet verse.

14. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Nexus 10 will open the door for 10" android apps.....come on devs!!! we need your help......

17. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Good Article, keep it up. Should be more article like this instead troll and bias ......

19. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Android has really yet to shine as much as it has with smartphones. Its true that there are many tablets that are successful but not in the breaking numbers that there are in smartphones. Even with sales of tablets from Android possibly surpassing Apple next year, there is plenty left to want when you deal with so many screen resolutions, sizes, and well OS version. It will take Google a little longer to get the tablet portion in smartphone like order but they will. In the meantime, Windows hybrids and tablets will make a splash and provide nice alternatives for both the iPad and Android tablets. And that is why competition is fund because it will make for an interesting time come next year.

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I think the app metrics are a bit inaccurate. I always have. Android apps scale, so technically all apps are tablet apps. Some are just optimized for it. One thing you didnt mention is app updates. Devs are constantly updating their apps to fix an issue with this device or that chipset. For the small guys that is sucking away any time they have to make a high resolution/10 inch tablet display adjustment. You got to chose to either concentrate on fixing the bugs for 90% of your customers or making it prettier for 10%. For bigger companies like Twitter, that's not really a valid excuse, but most apps are from the little guy. I do think that is at least a portion of the reason some apps dont reformat to take advantage of the higher resolutions. But again, all android apps are tablet apps unless specifically excluded by the developer.

24. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 2012

We as android users should give them more support, buy a paid version of an app if you really like it. Developers should also have a trial version for their apps that are only paid versions. This can really help because there are many times I want to try an app without paying for it.

25. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Great article Michael. "Android is not populated only by free apps, and users do purchase apps". Whenever I find an app that I like in free section, I end up buying it on the paid section.

28. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I'm not sure why they aren't supporting Android tablets, but Google now has two official Nexus Tablets out so its time to get a move on.

31. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Because they don't sell as the Ipad, numbers lower on Ipad shipment doesn't mean people is buying more Android tablets simple as that despite the small succes of nexus 7 sales numbers is what count, devs wont waste time on tablets that roughly sold 1,5 mill in 1 month when you have an option of Ipads that sells over 3 millns in one weekend is no brainer

32. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Probably because there are soo many different Android tablets with a great variety of screen sizes and resolutions which would make it more of a challenge to make an app that would would properly with each.

41. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

That's really a non-issue. PC programs have all kinds of screens to deal with, and they manage to work just fine. When developers make apps according to Google's recommendations, Android apps work the same way.

44. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

How many times must I explain responsive design? Android, like the web, lets you design once and it will dynamically rearrange your layout for various screen sizes. Do a Google Image search, then resize your browser window, you'll see what I mean (assuming you're using a quality browser (not IE)).

33. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

All things point towards android beating iOS pretty much the same way windows blew Mac away. Diversity + freedom + quality =Quantity. And ultimately, quantity is like gravity .. eventually it will pull in everything, including money and developers
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