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

0. phoneArena posted on 12 Nov 2012, 09:51

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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posted on 12 Nov 2012, 10:15

6. bucky (Posts: 3135; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

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

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 10:22 6

9. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 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.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 10:53

18. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 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

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 13:41

40. bucky (Posts: 3135; Member since: 30 Sep 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.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 18:22

45. tedkord (Posts: 14132; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

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

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 10:36 1

13. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 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.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 10:55 1

21. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 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.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 10:44

14. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

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

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 10:53 1

17. cncrim (Posts: 910; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 10:53

19. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 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.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 10:54 1

20. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 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.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 11:03

24. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 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.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 11:09 1

25. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 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.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 11:21

28. imkyle (Posts: 1086; Member since: 18 Nov 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.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 12:19

31. DOGIEFRESH (Posts: 309; Member since: 15 Jul 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

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 12:33

32. skymitch89 (Posts: 1363; Member since: 05 Nov 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.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 13:55

41. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 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.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 17:34

44. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 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)).

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 12:35

33. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 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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