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.