New Survey Reveals iOS Remains Top Priority for Mobile Developers, but Android Seeing Broader Support

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According to a new survey from research firm Forrester (via TechCrunch), Apple's iOS phone platform remains the highest priority for mobile software development teams, followed by the Android phone platform and the iOS tablet platform in second and third place respectively. The survey was done by asking 765 software developers creating mobile applications, and addressed not only iOS and Android but also platforms such as Windows Phone and Blackberry 10.

But while the survey shows that the iPhone remains the highest priority for developers, it also shows that more developers target Android phones somewhere in their plans, with 84% of developers planning Android phone support compared to the iPhone at 77%. A similar split is seen in tablets, with iOS being rated as the top priority by the most developers but Android more developers overall planning to support Android.

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Despite iOS getting this first app mover advantage, more developers target Android phones overall than target iPhones (84% rank Android phones as a priority vs 77% for iPhones). This is to be expected, with Android being on so many smartphones at multiple price-points vs Apple’s limited iPhone portfolio. However the iPad does help to expand Apple’s developer mojo, with 27% of respondents ranking the iPad as their second priority device vs around a fifth putting the same level of importance on Android tablets. By contrast Windows RT tablets are being largely ignored by developers, according to Forrester’s data.

Apple is set to release iOS 7, the next version of its mobile operating system, in the next couple of months, likely fairly soon after the company's September 10 media event.

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94 months ago
The number of the developers isn't what favors iOS, its the QUALITY of the developers.

You see more innovative apps conceived and deployed on iOS first because of this. More sophisticated development environment and tools, more sophisticated APIs and CoreOS technologies, and brighter minds utilizing these tools is always going to favor Apple so long as Apple continues to make more sophisticated products and platforms. iOS 7 will continue to widen this gap, with all the innovative new APIs and technology empowering curious developers to create new things.

This was the same story on the Mac. The Mac developer community birthed all kinds of modern staples that eventually found its way to Windows. Apple products have always attracted brighter minds. Whether or not iOS remains the "top priority" for the ENTIRE developer community is irrelevant if the majority of them are your average run-of-the-mill developer.
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94 months ago

In 2 or 3 years iOS will be in serious trouble.

Everyone is starting to jump ships to Android.


The glorious dream of Apple's doom, and the glorious dream of Apple's competition becoming just as good... hovering 2-3 years just out of reach since the 80s. How frustrating!
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94 months ago

In 2 or 3 years iOS will be in serious trouble.
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Yeah, if Apple decides to halt all iOS development.
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94 months ago
In 2 or 3 years iOS will be in serious trouble.

Everyone is starting to jump ships to Android.
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