Windows Phone app developers spend more time on app design than developers for other platforms

Windows Phone app developers spend more time on app design than developers for other platforms
According to a new survey of app developers, those writing apps for the Windows Phone platform spend more time on designing their apps, than those who write for other platforms. Windows Phone developers spend 30.2% of their time on designing their apps compared to the 21.3% of the time spent on that endeavor by iOS developers, and the 19.1% used by Android developers.

On the other hand, you might expect Windows Phone apps to be more buggy than apps on other platforms. While they are spending more of them time on app design, Windows Phone developers spend the least amount of time on de-bugging their handiwork. Android users spend 36.1% of their working time on exterminating bugs versus 24.2% for iOS developers, and  just 19.8% for Windows Phone app writers. On the other hand, they spend the most time pushing out updates (6.3% versus 4.2% for Android developers, and 3.7% of iOS writers).

Responses from 464 developers worldwide were captured in the survey. You can check out the results of the survey by looking at the chart below.


source: EvansData via WMPoweruser

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38 Comments

1. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

All these numbers and percentiles are silly imo…Are you trying to start a flame war lol? You can't really compare three app stores which are with their own unique and different ecosystems to each other with their respected devs. Silly.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7184; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Just some bogus crap from Microsoft again. Oh yes, see its resource is from WMPoweruser. A site with an "Independent community dedicated to Microsoft Windows smartphones" Microsoft the biggest propaganda machine.

10. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

The only bogus crap is you, if a link came from Android police you wouldn't be singing the same song, such hypocrisy.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

23. Beijendorf unregistered

That's well within the 18 months of guaranteed support.

16. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"The only bogus crap is you, if a link came from Android police you wouldn't be singing the same song, such hypocrisy." Unfortunately, FakeItUp, Microsoft has admitted to using *thousands* of "reputation management" personnel to help their cause and also admitted to paying blogs, sites, journals, etc. for favorable articles. In other words, you are championing a seriously rotten and unethical company that cannot make products that succeed or fail on their own merits. By playing the role of Microsoft champion, you are telling the world that you are just like them.

18. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Hmm, I remember that Samsung was doing same thing and yet no one cried. Hipocrysy, hipocrysy...

30. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

What, give me a break show me where Microsoft has admitted to paying blog, i know Samsung the largest Android OEM has, and don't act like Google is an Angel. Your job it seems is to come to every Windows article and Troll them. That makes you rotten and unethical, even after i challeneged you to stay away from bashing WP for a week you couldn't stay away for a day. Give me a break. Last time i checked Microsoft is the most inspiring company. http://www.geekwire.com/2013/microsoft-tops-apple-americas-most-inspiring-company/

38. Dastrix unregistered

Back it up or it's all BS.

14. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Yeah, WP apps just are not that good.

2. Damo579

Posts: 264; Member since: May 18, 2013

Interesting stats. I don't think developers, at least big name developers spendtime updating apps. Look at Instagram Beta, ESPN, Twitter. No updates in a while.......

3. WendyFromCircus

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

What's more important is how much money they earn from apps , if they spent 1 minutes to earn thousands, there's no reason to spend 30 sec fora hundred :)

4. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Is that why certain apps flood certain app stores? Devs not caring about interface and design and only caring about ad revenue lol? Thats the one thing I can't stand about using Google Play. It has gotten a lot better since my first Android device, but the sheer amount of "crapps" on their market are just plain out filthy lol.

5. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

To pour gasoline on the inevitable flame war.... Android devs spend so much time debugging because Android is naturally buggy. Hahahaha

8. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

You really dunno what you're talking about....

20. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

as a matter of fact he is right i sometimes do find some weird bugs in android application. that can only be fixed by workarounds.

24. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Well, it's Android. Virtually NOTHING works out of the box with the ADT, and setting up the developing environment is a real adventure that takes several hours or even days. The bundled emulator is a joke. It takes MINUTES to launch, and everything is so damn slow once then. UTTERLY useless. And Eclipse sucks so bad that you'll never know how to revert some setting the user did by mistake. AAARRRGGGHHH.

26. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yet millions of Apps are available in the Play store more than the Apple App store now. As if the world has to wait for JakeLee to develop apps. LOL!

28. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Hey iBoy JakeLee, .... ios7 has saved the iPhone/ipad from total blandness , and epic failing, for its iZombies to migrate, and Apple tumbling down south,- it is a refreshing change from some very dated skeumorphic icons and tired themes. But I think they got some of the detail wrong and I agree that it's a jumble, mumble.

29. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

All in all, anyone who buys an iPhone at this point is an image conscious, fad following idiot. Android and the Android manufacturers are offering faster, more flexible and more reliable devices with a minimum of hype. Apple users live in the past. Apple users are told they can't have 2014 specs on thier devices. Until thier iGod tells them to. Apple users don't like technology. Lmfao.

31. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Why? Well iBoy, it's halfbaked platform. Because the faithful are actually Lemmings, who can't make up their OWN minds about things? Father Steve knows what is best for you children. Don't contradict him, or you will be sent to your room with out your iThingy. And yes...it DOES look like someone with Crayolas designed it.

6. twens

Posts: 1172; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Lol, that's the cons of open source. IOS is no different

9. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Does "design" include the time Windows Phone developers spend thinking "why am I doing this?", trying to figure out "how the f**k do I make this look okay with giant fonts?" and wondering "what's that burning smell?"

11. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

No design it means they spend more time making sure WP apps looks great, I love the giant fonts by the way, to me its classy. Go back under your bridge. Android and iOS stepped their came up cause of WP design influence and app developers in general, clean, flat, minimalistic, content over chrome.

12. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

WP apps don't look great, especially compared to iOS 7 and Material design apps. BBM app for example is just revolting. Seemingly they spend lot of time there, but they are failing badly. So again, quantity over quality, rather have iOS and Android devs making great, beautiful stuff and make them quickly compared to wasting time to make sh*t on WP.

15. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Have you ever used WP? If not you are not eligible to comment. I have used all the three OS. I agree that app quality in IOS is great. But i can not accept that Android app quality is better than WP. I can surely say that quality of apps is better in WP.

17. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

We have WP at work and nobody wants to use it. First and foremost, most of us don't like Windows. But secondly, there are few good apps for WP and those that do exist are often half-baked versions of what is available on iOS or Android. It is no exaggeration to state that per app, WP has a higher percentage of "crap apps" than any other platform. That's the plain and simple truth of the matter.

19. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

" First and foremost, most of us don't like Windows." stopped reading comment after this line. it explains why u hate Ms. I have used WP and it is truly fantastic besides apps which btw have improved at a great speed. currently I use android but I will pick WP any day as my secondary phone.

32. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

You don't have WP at work, you are a common troll. That's like a notorious liar asking someone to take them at their word.nYou are a fraud.

36. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

I don't know about your usage. But for me, whatever apps i use in android and ios, most of the apps are available in WP too. The quality of apps is better than android. Bt not good as IOS. That's my view.

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