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Developer interest in Android fades, more interested in iOS

updated 05:45 am EDT, Tue March 20, 2012

Developers peg iOS at 1, Android 2, WP7 3

Following news that Battleheart developer Mika Mobile is dropping support for the Android platform, a new survey of developer interest in mobile platforms shows that this could be a sign of a growing trend facing the Android platform. In explaining its reasons for dropping Android support, Mika Mobile said that the fragmentation of the platform meant that it had been forced to spend countless hours 'modifying shaders and texture formats to work on different GPUs...' among other complaints. Appcelerator found that even though the Android platform is expanding, developer interest is waning, a result of the massive array of devices and hardware configurations requiring support.

'The fragmentation of the platform, which Google seems unable to curtail, is driving this drop in interest,' said Mike King, an Appcelerator strategist.

According to the survey results, which were conducted in conjunction with IDC, around nine in every ten developers were 'very interested' in developing for iPhone and iPad. This compared with eight in ten developers holding an interest in Android smartphones while only two-thirds surveyed were interested in developing for Android tablets.

Of the 2,200 developers surveyed (from North America, Europe and elsewhere) most showed an even dimmer view of programming for RIM's BlackBerry platform. Less than 16 percent showed an interest in developing for either the BlackBerry OS or the QNX-based PlayBook OS, which was down from 20 percent just three months ago.

On a more positive note for Windows Phone 7, 37 percent of developers were interested in developing for the platform making it the clear third placed OS behind iOS and Android as the platform of choice. [via Reuters]

By Electronista Staff


  1. chefpastry

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2005


    Makes perfect sense

    I'm surprised it took this long for developers to realize. Between the mass fragmentation and lack of willingness for Android users to pay for apps, it just doesn't make sense to develop for the platform.

  1. facebook_James

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    Joined: Mar 2012


    Bye bye

    Wake up people. What good is it if you have the most user base but no more good apps to run on it. You have been warned. Android is a fail!

  1. Tanker10a

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2003


    lack of foresight...

    The lack of foresight is a terrible thing...Who knew!?

  1. driven

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    Joined: May 2001


    How long?

    How long before the anti-Apple crowd realizes that their chosen platform has no legs (Android) and they move off to something else? (WinPhone?)

  1. c4rlob

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    Joined: May 2009


    Desert vs. River

    Even though a Desert can be vast, omnipresent, and 'open',
    wildlife still flocks to the River – no matter how far and difficult it may be to find.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001



    More proof! Another developer has dropped android. That makes 2 or 3 we've heard about in the last 2 weeks. It's a mass exodus. Android is doomed!

    Just like the Mac. Remember when they had no market share, no users, and developers were fleeing in a panic because it was just about marketshare and numbers.

  1. wlmwallace

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    Joined: Feb 2012


    aha! Not

    Considerably different comparing mac marketshare numbers back in the day to Android. Android has better marketshare than iOS (except in tablets). Apple never had that luxury with the Mac. Android is having legitimate trouble because fragmentation is a serious issue for developers. Not only different devices but different sized devices. How many sizes of tablets does Samsung have alone! Why develop an app for Android when you have to test and support it on so many different sized devices? Especially when iOS marketshare is close - and their users spend more $$?

    Of course Android won't die - but when Microsoft finally gets it's act together (and they will eventually), they will start taking a bite out of Android, not iOS - so will Google, now Google/Motorola decide to follow a more closed approach and start to pull Android back in? I think so.

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