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.


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).


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.


[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).