Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) may have to make that little extra effort to woo the third-party engineering community at its conference later this month. According to a recent report by Flurry, Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS continues to remain the darling of developers.
For the two main mobile software leaders, it’s the time of the year to focus on the developer community. With both Apple and Google holding their respective annual developer conference this month — Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is set to start next week, while Google’s I/O is scheduled toward the end of the month — there will just be that little bit of extra attention paid to the third-party developer community that helps add value to any mobile operating system.
And Apple continues to maintain its lead in developer interest, with 69 percent of new projects that start choosing to focus on iOS, while 31 percent target Android. Basically, for every 10 apps that developers build, roughly 7 are for iOS.
One of the biggest reasons for the continued love, according to Flurry, is the dominance of Apple in the tablet category. The same survey found that 88 percent of all tablet user sessions were conducted on an Apple iPad, with the Samsung Galaxy Tab second at 9 percent, and Amazon’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) Kindle Fire accounting for just 3 percent.
Another huge factor for Apple’s popularity is its large and homogenous base for which to build software. Android fails to offer the same because of its massive fragmentation in terms of devices. Because of multiple hardware configurations that force different software versions from a developer, production costs go up.
While this is a huge factor in Apple’s support, there is buzz that the company may be adding at least one layer of fragmentation to the iPhone platform by launching the next version of the smartphone with an increased 4-inch display. That may notably increase the pixel resolution to 1136 x 640, compared with the current 960 x 640.While that remains a rumor, for now, Apple is the undoubted leader in third-party app development.
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