Developers Don’t Fancy Android as Much as They Did; Study Proves It!
There’s a fresh study out there conducted on developers, courtesy of Appcelerator, that shows Android is not as fresh for devs as it was before. Basically, developers still like iOS better and Android interest is on the decline. After all you are dealing with a platform that generates less profit than Apple’s and it has more malware…
The interest in developing for Android devices has been on the decline since April 2011. The poll involved over 5,500 mobile developers and the firm found that 76% of the surveyed people were “very interested” in the Android platform. You can compare that to the 85% tempted by developing for iOS. It’s important to note that there’s a common feat in almost all platforms in the Appcelerator study: they dropped from the previous quarter, all of them except for Windwos 8 Tables.
Developer interest is still sky high for the Apple iPhone and iPad, but it has declined in comparison to the figures of middle 2011. Meanwhile, Android’s decline is more serious, mostly because of the temptation of Windows Phone, the shift towards HTML5 over mobile native apps and the promise of goodies from BlackBerry OS 10. When asked what elements made them choose a platform over the other, the devs said that a large install base is a crucial factor. With Android currently sitting at 500 million devices, the install base is nothing they should worry about, so what’s the real issue here?