Apple developers: Loyal to iOS, but will eye Android too

Apple developers: Loyal to iOS, but will eye Android too

Summary: Apple's army of mobile developers is loyal to iOS, but nearly half of them are two-timing with Android and there are significant subsets playing with Research in Motion's BlackBerry platform, according to a Piper Jaffray survey.

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Apple's army of mobile developers is loyal to iOS, but nearly half of them are two-timing with Android and there are significant subsets playing with Research in Motion's BlackBerry platform, according to a Piper Jaffray survey.

This survey, which was in a research report on Monday, isn't exactly scientific. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster surveyed 45 developers at Apple's WWDC conference. Naturally, Munster was going to find a lot of iOS fans.

However, if you look at the data below there are openings for other platforms. For instance, 11 percent of developers complained about Apple's approval process for apps and another 38 percent had a beef with strict limitations.

Those issues have translated into interest in Android. In fact, 47 percent of developers said they also make apps for Android---even though iOS is better for monetization---and 36 percent also developed for RIM. A 13 percent chunk of developers also developed for Windows Phone 7. Keep in mind this poll was conducted at WWDC.

Add it up and iOS dominates with developers---at least at WWDC---but even with the home field advantage there are some small cracks for rival mobile platforms to exploit.

Topics: Operating Systems, Apple, Mobile OS, Software Development

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  • RE: Apple developers: Loyal to iOS, but will eye Android too

    Developers will go wherever the popular platforms are. iOS developers aren't developing for it strickly based on the fact that they love it.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: Apple developers: Loyal to iOS, but will eye Android too

    This is a non-story. Developers are trying to make money, a cross platform strategy is the best way to get the eyeballs to make the money. Loyalty be damned. Especially in the case of Apple, there is no loyalty in this game.
    hoaxoner
    • RE: Apple developers: Loyal to iOS, but will eye Android too

      @hoaxoner

      If anyone is still loyal to Apple after all they've done to their developers, then there is something wrong with them.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • There are 2.5 billion things iOS developers can be loyal to.

        @Cylon Centurion The vast majority don't do for love of Apple, but for the love of what they, the developers, do. That, as a group, they've made US$2.5 [b]billion[/b] doing it can't hurt either.
        matthew_maurice
  • Objection!

    That "Apple's approval process" and "strict limitations" have translated into interest in Android assumes facts not in evidence.

    All we need to explain interest in Android is an expectation by developers that they would make money by offering their wares on Android. We have that: the data says that developers expect Android to exhibit significant growth.

    Thus we do not need to speculate that developers are throwing little tantrums because they have "beefs and complaints." No one serious about making money is going to bite Apple's hand over them. They'll tell an interviewer that they hate Steve Jobs and all his works and pomps, but what they won't do is put their business at risk by leaving his very lucrative ecosystem.
    Robert Hahn
  • Yeah, but where's the voice control?

    Apple could dominate Android if it just had decent voice control. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ngbBKQuaGU
    Kangaruhs
    • Voice control is tested; traces of it found in iOS 5; but, anyway, it is

      @Kangaruhs: ... really fun to play with (as you showed on your video), but real use of it is rare.
      DDERSSS
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