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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    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.

    Article Link: New Survey Reveals iOS Remains Top Priority for Mobile Developers, but Android Seeing Broader Support
  2. Rudy69 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2009
    Having both an iOS and Android version of my game I can tell you iOS is by FAR my biggest priority. The Android version never broke even.
  3. auero macrumors 65816

    Sep 15, 2006
    Some people would never believe you if you told them blackberry was number one at one point.
  4. asthamapheo macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2013
    too bad windows phone is still behind tablets. it's a good OS
    btw, i thought the samsung BADA was dead.
  5. Ventilatedbrain macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2012
    I've found most of the apps I used on iOS on the play store ... However while the app is there ... The functionality and the overall performance of the apps are way behind .. Mostly In appearance
  6. WBRacing, Aug 28, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2013

    WBRacing macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2012
  7. Millah macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2008
    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.
  8. Klosefabrinio macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2013
    doesn't matter if android has broader support, app store has all the apps i need.:cool::apple:
  9. Sensamic macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010
    In 2 or 3 years iOS will be in serious trouble.

    Everyone is starting to jump ships to Android.
  10. CodeBreaker macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2010
    Sea of Tranquility
    Yeah, if Apple decides to halt all iOS development.
  11. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    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!
  12. PracticalMac macrumors 68030


    Jan 22, 2009
    Houston, TX
    Just like Windows.

    Even though its harder to develop and support apps for Android, developers still go for numbers.

    Apple must stop the slide, or in a few years it will become like the Mac was, distant second to Windows.


    I have heard that for, what 30 years now? :rolleyes:


    If that is true, why the shift and attention to Android?

    If the best and newest apps are on iOS, why is everyone moving to Android?

    If quality is what iOS is all about, how come people are buying "sub par" stuff?
  13. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2012
    Because more and more cheap, crappy phones are running Android. But the people who get the cheapest, junkiest phone they can find aren't the types to be spending money on apps, so we shouldn't expect it to affect the iOS app market at all.
  14. PracticalMac macrumors 68030


    Jan 22, 2009
    Houston, TX
    Sure they are crappy, but cheap is what people get in.

    And although its junk, one people get into the OS, they are very likely to stay with it.

    Smartphones are no longer luxury items, they are commodities, and history shows you either move that direction (lower prices to match the average price drop), or get out that segment.

    But its seems the 5C is a response to it.

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