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  • WWDC Survey Says iOS Devs Are Actually Quite Fond of Android

    iOS developers dig Android. That's the crux of a new survey taken at Apple's WWDC last week. Interestingly enough, close to half - 47% to be exact - of iOS devs surveyed admitted to supporting the Android platform. By comparison, only 7% of devs write Mac apps. Still, a solid number of developers questioned - 36% in all - develop exclusively for iOS.

    The survey I'm referencing comes to us courtesy of Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster who not only lived at the Worldwide Developers Conference last week, he also "buttonholed attendees for a follow-up survey," the results of which are providing these new insights today in the digital pages of Fortune.

    There was some real consensus, however, on the mobile operating system that is most preferable for ease of development and monetization. 100% of respondents said iOS wins that one hands down. But their praise wasn't without some degree of minor complaints. Among the biggest drawbacks, the devs revealed, are Apple's "strict limitations" and the App Store approval process.

    "When asked which platform had the highest potential for future growth," Munster says, "none mentioned the BlackBerry, WebOS or Nokia's (NOK) Symbian." It should come as no surprise that the pool of developers surveyed by Munster are largely pro-Apple. After all, keep in mind where these people were at the time of the survey. But not withstanding the obvious natural bias, developers weren't overwhelmingly blind to the obvious growth potential apparent across the smartphone and mobile OS landscape. In fact, only half of the developers questioned said iOS has the highest growth potential. 40% of respondents pointed to Android for that top honor.

    Source: Fortune
    This article was originally published in forum thread: WWDC Survey Says iOS Devs Are Actually Quite Fond of Android started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. fbiryujin's Avatar
      fbiryujin -
      I want to learn how to develop for iOS, but it's a confusing process, and a hard language. To me Android has a better system for submitting apps as it is less governed (America take a note /politics) but iOS has the market right now.
    1. GreYFoXGTi's Avatar
      GreYFoXGTi -
      Android market is ****, the only apps with real quality there are ones ported from iOS appstore

      i'm and android dev, but only because i know java, i will get into objective c within then next 2 months
    1. andypropaganda's Avatar
      andypropaganda -
      I'm pretty sure you're right about Android being easier to submit to, but I don't believe it's any easier to develop for them. In the sense of the code language being any easier. I know one could argue it's easier because there is less tiptoeing, but whatever. I'm in the process of learning to write apps right now. I've taken some C classes and have minimal experience, so we'll see how that goes.
    1. transam7816's Avatar
      transam7816 -
      If I new how to develop I would go where the money is at. If my app is good it should flourish in any platform
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by fbiryujin View Post
      I want to learn how to develop for iOS, but it's a confusing process, and a hard language. To me Android has a better system for submitting apps as it is less governed (America take a note /politics) but iOS has the market right now.
      iOS is more governed so the apps all work. If you produce crap it can get in to the Android store but not the Apple App store.
      Even the fart apps are at least well programmed in the App store.
    1. sysrage's Avatar
      sysrage -
      Ugh. This 'story' is ridiculous. Saw it on another blog site and it's nothing but sensationalist link-bait garbage. If you read the actual source, you'll see that the 'survey' was done with 45 WWDC attendees. Just so you know, about 5200 attended WWDC. I did terrible in statistics class, but even I know that a sample size of 45 out of 5200 is beyond ridiculous. That does not provide a valid statistic by any stretch of the imagination.

      Completely disregarding the above, how is this even news? There are more android developers this year as compared to last year. That is a given. That means absolutely nothing. Guess what. There are also more iOS developers this year than there were during last years WWDC.

      This story and any 'statistics' related to it mean absolutely nothing. Thank you and have a nice day.

      </end rant>
    1. Nyra98's Avatar
      Nyra98 -
      Thats about right, iOS is the easiest platform to develop and release applications, but Android probably has the most growth potential due to the fact that they allow their OS on any phone, not just the "iPhone"

      It also helps that Xcode is amazing
    1. iKnowYouri's Avatar
      iKnowYouri -
      I remember a couple weeks ago, I downloaded Xcode and android sdk just to give it a spin. Right off the bat, I downloaded some sample programs from apple, and ran it in iOS simulator in about 5 minutes, which was pretty cool. Android uses eclipse(Which is used in my AP Computer Science Class), took me about 30 minutes to set up, not to mention confusing instructions.
    1. ninthchamber99's Avatar
      ninthchamber99 -
      I have a general question for everyone here....I have been dying to develop my own apps. I have already registered with apple and I have used the SDK kit (Xcode, etc.). I have gone as far as to buy a book on Cocoa and Objective C and wrote a code and created a VERY simple NFL/Fantasy Football app. So basically, I understand the basic only.

      My question is how do take my knowledge to the next level? Can someone point me into the right direction for beginners at creating their own apps. I have a couple of great ideas for apps and games but I don't really know how to create the code. Basically, what resources are available to novice app developers that teaches/demos how to create apps for the app store?
    1. nautical79's Avatar
      nautical79 -
      Been using a Android phone along with mi iPhone and still cant see the benefits of a android device