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Despite Android’s dominance in sales of devices, Apple’s iOS products still command the attention of most of the mobile app developers.  According to various analytics and reports, mobile app developers find more benefits in developing for Apple’s platform first.

Despite Android’s dominance in sales of devices, Apple’s iOS products still command the attention of most of the mobile app developers.  According to various analytics and reports, mobile app developers find more benefits in developing for Apple’s platform first. 

Eric Shmidt, Google’s Executive Chairman, said last year that the Android’s market share dominance will in turn drive developers to favor the Android platform over Apple’s.  Shmidt’s prediction that volume will drive more developers to make apps for Android is partially true, but what he didn’t know was that volume won’t necessarily reflect higher revenues.

Various factors influence a developer’s decision to whether or not to start on an Apple platform or an Android’s.  One of which is based solely on the probability of an app making money.  Apple paid out $700 million to developers in the last quarter of 2011, whereas, Google paid out only $210 million for the whole 2011 calendar year.  Flurry, a mobile app-tracking service, reports that—given both platforms have the same amount of users—for every $1.00 a developer earns in iTunes Apple Store he gets $0.23 from Google Play. 

Therefore, in terms of monetary compensation, it is much wiser for a developer to work on an app for Apple first then port it to Android. 

 App developers still favor Apple over Android

The next major factor that influences developer’s decision to go with Apple first is because Apple’s iOS software and hardware aren’t as fragmented as Android’s.  Currently, Android runs on 1,363 device models from 599 different brands.  Moreover, most of the Android devices still run on the outdated Android 2.3 (65%), and the most recent Android ICS powers only about 7% of the devices. 

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Apple’s tight consolidations of their various devices help developers create apps that put much more emphasis on device compatibility.  Apple’s most up-to-date platform, iOS 5, powers 86.2% of Apple’s devices according to data gathered by the Train Times app for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Lastly, users on the Apple platform are more likely to pay for an app as compared to Android users.  This makes sense because if your friend purchases an app in iTunes and then raves about it, then chances are you may want that app, too, if you own an Apple device.  However, that may not be the case if you own an Android device since the app may not be available or not compatible with your device. 

Android may be dominating the sheer volume of devices it powers, but that volume is not the main factor in driving developers to make apps for it—and by extension, not generating the revenues that Shmidt had hoped it would for Google.

Source: guardian.co.uk