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A recent survey of over 2,700 mobile developers revealed that devs universally prefer developing for iOS (formerly iPhone OS – renamed iOS recently, as it is now used on the iPad). Apple ranks #1 in mobile phone market share, and there are more than a few stories of small-time devs creating apps for the iPhone that took off overnight, so it really isn’t all that surprising that Apple was a dev favorite.

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Still, with Android picking up momentum at an exponential rate, I have to admit I was a bit surprised that Android didn't score closer to iOS. After all, in the past month, Android activations have increased 60%, and there are now more Android activations per week than iPhone, iPad, and Mac activations combined. Not only that, but a short while ago you couldn’t check out tech news without seeing an an article about Apple’s murky requirements for app approval (a serious negative for developers).

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According to the survey, developers see the long-term outlook for Android as being substantially better than for iOS – it was scored higher for “capabilities, openness, and long-term outlook.”

The survey was run by Appcelerator, the makers of a program that facilitates App development.

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[Source: Appcelerator]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • http://www.reddit.com friendly-mister-narwhal

    I find it amusing that 40% of devs think the iOS is going to have the best long term outlook and even funnier than 58% think iOS is more secure.

    Hasn't this been proven false empirically, not to mention from a raw framework standpoint, the Dalvik VM provides actual process/application segmentation whereas Apple's is merely enforced by the API?

    Did this poll ONLY ask devs that target both platforms? I guess it doesn't take a very smart developer to make apps if they no as little as they do.

  • Phil

    @friendly-mister-narwhal I'm starting to think that the iPhone developers are as lost as the iPhone users when it comes to understanding the platforms. Objective C isn't managed and anyone falling back to the C way of allocating memory can put you in more jeopardy than anyone can do using Java. This is not to say the iPhone is a big security mess but you can certainly make some cases for it being less secure than Android.

  • level380

    Well I can see why Devs are not intrested in dev for the android tablet, there anit many out there!! When they start to roll out, then I think you will see this change.

  • chris ponciano

    considering the vast amount of users and devs compared to android i think that a 9 percent spread from iphone to android isn't that damn bad. keep in mind that apple had a decent head start on android as well, i think if things keep up as they are android will definitely surpass apple in the coming year or two.

    We are already stepping on their heels giving them flat tires, i know my company and i personally are transitioning to android, as well as a well known big graphics company is switching full force from winmo to android. As soon as we finish development i can start figuring it out myself and churning out my own stuff, and i guarantee i wont be renewing my apple dev membership next year.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      I agree that it's not at all a bad spread. However, last I heard, 80% of Fortune 100 companies were deploying iPhones. Android may be expanding in the corporate world, but I think the iPhone has a much better foothold. As I point out in the article though, Android device sales far outstrip Apple device sales (let alone iPhone sales).