Sample shows Android gives developers a headache, devs still prefer it

Sample shows Android gives developers a headache, devs still prefer it
App developers are an integral part of every mobile OS, and a survey conducted by William Powers shows that the majority of devs see the fragmentation within Android (for more info see the picture on the left) and its Market as a major problem, while iOS gets the best grades among all mobile OSs in the "ease of development", "app visibility" and "ability to get paid" categories.  

250 working developers took part in this sample, but despite the negative opinions expressed towards Android, it still attracts a bigger percent of devs (which translates to 71%) than iOS (it scores 62%).

Some of the conclusions that can be made from this research are that Android fragmentation is a serious issue for developers, and that the same applies to the fragmentation of the Android Market. It's reported that "generally developers seem to prefer a unified, single store experience like Apple's App Store."
 
Also, iOS has the edge over Android when it comes to ease of development, but at least the green robot is said to be far ahead of BlackBerry OS and Symbian in this category. The same is not valid, however, for app visibility. As with some of the previous categories iOS is the leader, but the second place is reserved for BB OS, while Android is still lagging behind. Reportedly, this is at least partly because there is a huge number of "junk apps" in the Android Market.  

Last, but not least comes the money problem, or more specifically the potential developers have to earn money from their work. iOS is once again placed first, while BB OS comes second.

This sample seems to indicate that devs dislike many aspects of Android, but the fact is this doesn't stop most of them to write apps for Google's mobile OS.

source: Fortune via Droid Life

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19 Comments

1. IOS5 unregistered

Attrack 71% of developers cuz Android has million phones around and still 71%! It's nothing compere it to one iphone 62% and iPhone it's one phone.

17. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

thats why the iPhone isn't number 1 anymore

2. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I'm not a pro when it comes to graphs, but this just seems like it is skewed to be unfavorable to Android. Most of the responses give some problem with Android whereas only one option is favorable. But...I dunno...I'm not a graph guy.

3. andro unregistered

with more android phones being activated on a daily basis than any other os and more in over operation then dev will alway continue for android as it represents the best size market for them

4. Super Android Evo unregistered

It's only a matter of time until Android gets this problem fixed. They are growing too fast & the only answer is to fix this issue. Anyone who wants to make money & get their app to the most people will naturally pick Android due to its world dominance. I feel very confident that Google has some trump card up its sleeve!

5. IOS5 unregistered

Apple developer 70% Apple 30% This the reason why Apple still has the best app store other thing about Android does Android core able to handle all the updates and development!

6. TheFunnyMan

Posts: 77; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

Everything you just said makes no sense. Just so you know, As far as application development goes, I would much rather deal with an albeit fragmented app market that gives everyone an equal shot at striking gold than one that is 30% (minimum, but lets not pretend that Apple doesnt have its fingers in everything) controlled and dictated by one party. Let the market control itself, and the people who use it will dictate what applications are in demand, and which ones aren't.

7. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Common sense. Why would developers waste their time developing high quality apps for users who do not want to pay for them? Lol. Android users are cheap, low income users. They only go for free apps. They cannot afford to buy apps. That is why skilled developers prefer developing high quality apps for iOS, because iOS users can afford to pay for high quality apps.

12. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

that doesn't even make sense. Its more like because high quality app makers stay away from Android due to piracy. Most major game and software companies spit on Android and support iOS because of a closed environment where piracy is less common. They will eventually have to concede to Android fi they want maximum profits though.

18. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

I could have swore you said that you don't troll android news... A man is worth as much as his word... You ain't worth much kid

8. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Funny that the android trolls always talk smack about the junk apps in Apple's store while android has at least twice as many junk apps to the point developers complain about their apps not being found.

9. TheFunnyMan

Posts: 77; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

Truth be told, the Android market is filled with a lot of junk apps. As an Android user, I understand and accept that. The difference, for me, between the Android platform and iOS is the constant demand for money. Android is the "everymans" platform, where you already pay for the internet, and you have already purchased a phone. It doesn't require a credit card to access the app market. With that, yes, you do gain quite a few malicious or junk applications. But, if the user is unable or unwilling to take the time to read the reviews and check the product you are downloading, then shame on them. And, with that, why should Android users be punished in app quality because their platform is supportive of the everyday user? Paying for quaility, and for a developers work, i can understand; but dont group every Android user as low income, frugal, or cheap 530gemini. That makes you ignorant.

10. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Sorry, but just read what android users post about the apple appstore. They always complain about the price :)

21. XxVerbalxX unregistered

except for people who actually have downs syndrome. they kinda win half of that. isheep do win as idiots tho

11. iHungry unregistered

all i can say about pie charts is that they make crave a nice dessert.

13. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Android=Stupid unstable but very entertaining toy

16. haroonazeem638

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 29, 2011

I think we all agree that most of android apps are junk. There are only a few apps that are really good and worth using in the android market and we just keep on downloading the same ones again and again (after reflashing). Atleast they are free.

19. Striker unregistered

Yup, that was predictable. The beginning of the end. At Microsoft and Apple are popping champagne bottles. I have always known that Google should do nothing, but search engines...

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