Survey: iOS Developers Love Android

by Gaurav Kheterpal on June 15, 2011

Developer loyalty is a rarity these days, especially in the fast growing mobile app segment. Last month, I covered a report from IHS Screen Digest, which suggested that the mobile app industry is all set to explode to from $2.1 billion to $3.8 billion in 2011 and to $8.3 billion by 2014. Though the report predicted that Apple will retain 60 percent of all mobile app revenues through 2014, it hasn’t deterred iOS developers from seeking other greener pastures.

Apple’s annual WWDC even last week was packed with iPhone, iPad and Mac developers. Nearly all attendees said they love the iOS platform – no surprise there. However, as many 47% of all surveyed developers stated that they also develop for Android, with another 36% developing for BlackBerry. Does this mean Apple’s iPhone developers are very happy or they like mobile more than the Mac, I’m not so sure.

Either way, it surely reflects that multi-platform development is gaining traction among mobile app developers and platform exclusivity might soon be a thing of the past.

The Piper Jaffray’s WWDC Developer Survey Summary reveals that developers love the iOS platform for ease of development and monetization. Nearly half of the surveyed developers believe iOS has the highest potential for future growth and 40 percent for Android. 13 percent of developers are concurrently developing for WP7, but only 9 percent chose it as the platform with the highest growth potential. Another 7 percent develop for HP webOS and 4 percent for Symbian (besides iOS).

The survey reveals that Apple’s strict review process and stringent approval procedure is developer community’s biggest complaint about the App Store.

Interestingly, only seven percent of respondents write Mac apps these days. That’s a huge drop from 50 percent in 2008. Apple has reasons to be worried as it projected the ‘Mac App Store’ as the next big thing for Mac users, but clearly it has failed to impress the developer community at large.

While the survey reveals interesting statistics, the respondents were all iOS developers attending WWDC conference, therefore it’s natural that they are supposed to prefer Apple’s iOS platform. Moreover, the survey polled only a small pool of 45 developers so it’s hard to paint a more cohesive picture on platform loyalty.

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Mike S July 1, 2011 at 8:04 am

Nothing like having a misleading headline :

“Survey: iOS Developers Love Android”

.. implies that ALL iOS Developers …

Guess it’s not quite the same effect when the more accurate :

“Survey: 45 iOS Developers Love Android”

is used.


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