Seven iOS apps for every three Android

Seven iOS apps for every three AndroidOver 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.

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9 comments

Pondlife  Jun. 8, 2012 at 12:09

In a study of analytic companies 100% were found to be spewing tedious waffle.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 8, 2012 at 12:51

This has got to be the premier quote in an already extraordinarily outstanding field of, to quote Mr Pondlife, WAFFLE:

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 would be funny, if the type didn't run through every sphere of our life - often influencing rather serious decisions...

Pondlife  Jun. 8, 2012 at 13:00

Isn't it fairly true that most apps on both platforms are rubbish anyway and many of the better ones end up on both and likely on the other markets too.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 8, 2012 at 13:06

Yes, but iOS users are much much much more likely to spend "money" (Android users, look it up on wikipedia :p ) - How many $10 and up Android apps do you know?

Pondlife  Jun. 8, 2012 at 16:16

As I wouldn't spend that on an app either however many of those there are is of no importance to me.

dcx_badass  Jun. 10, 2012 at 07:58

Yes, but iOS users are much much much more likely to spend "money" (Android users, look it up on wikipedia :p ) - How many $10 and up Android apps do you know?
I've never bough an app on my ipod, bought quite a few on my android tab, I know quite a few in the same position as me.

Olivia136  Dec. 11, 2012 at 11:35

Wow. Thats really great to read but its the market share what matters in fact. And the fact is totally opposite to this. Whatever, being an iPhone apps developer and user, I love iPhone and favour iPhone app development. :)

Pondlife  Dec. 11, 2012 at 17:06

well that's nice for you...
Why was is edited?

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 11, 2012 at 18:21

Oh, I deleted a link that was a touch too self-promoting - though related at least ;)

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