Developers have the Apple iPhone as their first preference, but overall prefer Android

Developers have the Apple iPhone as their first preference, but overall prefer Android
Developers still prefer the Apple iPhone and the smartphone version of Apple's mobile OS remains the first preference of mobile app writing code jockeys around the world. That is according to a survey conducted by research firm Forrester, who spoke with 765 software developers who write mobile apps. However, while more developers have the iPhone in mind to write for first, overall 84% of developers plan on making an Andriod phone version of their application as opposed to the 77% that have the iPhone in mind for their app.

The same results are seen with developers who are writing for tablets. More developers have the Apple iPad in mind as their first preference than other tablet platforms. But overall, more want to make sure they they have a version of their app on an Android slate than on the iPad. Interestingly, about the same percentage of developers that have an Android smartphone version of their app as their first preference also list Windows Phone as being their top choice. But Android is well ahead of Windows Phone when it comes to being the second, third, fourth and fifth priority.

In what has to be considered just horrible news for BlackBerry users and the company itself, more developers have Windows RT as their first preference to write for than those that have BlackBerry 10 as their first preference. Overall, those that write applications for mobile devices would rather write for Bada than for BlackBerry 10.

The fewer the number of developers interested in writing for a particular platform, the better the chance that an app store for that platform will be full of empty shelves instead of lined chock full of popular apps that help drive the sales of a device.


source: Forrester (subscription required) via TechCrunch

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54 Comments

1. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Temple Run : Oz arrives on wp8...

16. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Good to see developers are considering WP.

2. mrfamous1

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

Apple iPhones is the best phones period...... less issues = happier people.

3. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

One of best phones...not "...the best phone..."

4. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

My iPod touch was once wiped on update. My iPad had issues with force closing. Maybe the developers didn't know what they were doing. The main problem apps were Safari and iBooks. My brother is currently experiencing iMessage problems. The only issues I've had with my Nexus 4 are the direct result of (incorrectly) installing CyanogenMod.

8. mrfamous1

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

Sound like a personal problem.....

11. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

The diehard Apple fanboys will never admit it, but yeah... My iPad force closes 10 times A DAY! Don't get me wrong, I love it. But the Nexus 10 or Note 12 (if the rumors are true) will be my next tablet. Maybe even a WP tablet, who knows.

12. Sauce unregistered

The diehard Android fanboys will never admit it, but yea... My Nexus 10 force closes 10 times A DAY! Don't get me wrong, I love it. But the iPad or Note 12 (if the rumors are true) will be my next tablet. Maybe even a WP tablet, who knows?

13. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

It appears I have a new fan, lol! That's good info on the Nexus 10, but I'm talking about the second generation whenever it comes out. But I will ask around to see how bad the current Nexus 10 force closing issue is.

27. therealestboy

Posts: 82; Member since: May 03, 2013

Very unlikely that you own an ipad. Force closing is extremely rare on ios.

29. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Im sorry but a simple Google search says otherwise. Don't fool yourself. Guess we don't breathe air too....

38. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Why would it be unlikely that I own an iPad? Do iPhone users have exclusive rights to purchasing I devices or something. Just because I think Android is a superior OS dosen't mean I use only Android. I like all technology and have the right to critque it if it falls short. Stability is an area, at least on the ipad, where Apple needs to improve. Just like the good people below are saying, it happens and it happens a LOT! You can not believe me of course but it's true.

33. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Friend iphone force closes the internet browser all the time.

20. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Amen. I have friends/coworkers complain all the time about their iPhones/iPads/iPods - mainly with the horrible issues with syncing music, movies, transferring filies, and anything like that. I tell them. Hmm.. with my Android phone, you could just plug it into ANY PC USB slot and transfer to your hearts content. :P

23. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

My friend at work (who just last year switched to a Note II after having an iPhone since the OG) used to joke all the time about the iPhone force closes. The app would fc, and he would say that apparently the iPhone decided he was done using that app and who was he to argue with the iPhone. I also remember him tapping an icon, then talking it repeatedly until it finally opened. But, the reason he switched was screen size, removable battery and SD card. Secondary reasons were drag and drop/not needing iTunes to install apps and customizability and being more like a PC.

28. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Not trolling you, but how did you bone flashing CM on a Nexus? I trust you have done a complete wipe and reflash?

36. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I upgraded to 10.2 and thought it was okay to do a dirty flash. (Stupid, I know, but I was too lazy to backup and restore.) Had some minor issues for a while (occasional force closes, two clock apps), and eventually it just crapped out.

42. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I have quite a few work colleagues now that have jumped all-in to Apple... periodically throughout the day I hear them grumble, "damn iPhone/iPad", but then turn around trying to sell our manager on how great Apple is and that she should trade in her rugged flip-phone for an Apple. Honestly, I can say I've never heard her grumble about her phone to this date, and it's worked reliably no matter where she is. Now that I have a tablet for entertainment & media consumption, she's got me thinking about giving up the smartphone altogether for a simple reliable feature phone.

7. ady_lad

Posts: 83; Member since: Jul 17, 2013

Dream on mate...How about no issues with Android or WP8 and no Apple communism.

9. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

did you read the article? did you understand the graphics?. you are incorrect in your grammar and your statement... Anyway it might be the "best phone in your opinion" or the "best at some features"... but definitely not the "best period"

10. mrfamous1

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

Go home Buccob Your drunk.....

22. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

are you special....

15. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Its personal preference buddy. it might be best for you because its satisfy your need easily. your best may be worse for offers and vice versa. but true its one of the best phone available to date.

17. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I mean "others"

34. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

It think you meant to say best brand brainwashing?

5. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

No wonder...there is just one flagship iPhone every year and devs don't have to worry about several diff versions of hardware as in Android!!!

6. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

IPhone is very good but just not top of the line android

14. amilcarmz86

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

The iphone is boring and simple, you cannot customize that phone as you can do with an android.

37. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Thanks, phone review from 2008!

50. amilcarmz86

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

i guess you have all the apple products, how does it feel to be ripped off ?

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