Over the next couple of weeks, Apple and Google will attempt to convince developers that iOS and Android are where it’s at, with the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) and Google I/O respectively.
For now, however, it seems developer support is massively weighted towards the App Store.
According to spanking new data from Flurry Analytics, for every 10 new apps developed for iOS and Android, seven (69% in Q1 2012) are destined for the former, with only three heading to Google Play.
Why is iOS so attractive to developers? Well, money, ultimately. For every $1 earned on iOS, a developer can expect to earn $.024 on Android. But there’s a little more to it than that.
Flurry suggests that iOS offers what it calls “the most compelling ‘build once, run anywhere’ value proposition in the market today”, with apps potentially being compatible with the iPhone and iPad. “That's like getting two platforms for the price of one,” says Flurry.
It's also pointed out that the iPad has a massive lead over its two nearest rivals, namely the Amazon Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy Tab.
And finally, there’s a lovely donut – or doughnut – showing Android’s fragmentation (or should that be “differentiation”?) in all its glory. Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) is struggling to make a dent, while the majority of users are still on Gingerbread (Android 2.3) – now over a year old.
Check out Flurry’s rant in more detail over at The Flurry Blog.