Developer interest in Android on the decline

In yet another sign that the apocalypse is upon us, a recent poll from Appcelerators reveals data that may make Android owners shake their head in confusion. While Android currently maintains a 25% margin in activated devices compared to Apple, iOS is still the clear favorite among 5,500 developers polled. Moreover, the Android platform took a dive in the latest polls compared to the previous quarter. Additionally, this is the fourth such decline since June ’11. However, before we jump to too many conclusions, it’s duly noted that all platforms declined at almost the exact same rate with one exception – Windows 8. Windows 8 was the lone increase in developer interest. Now, if all of those developers jumped ship from all other platforms and onto Windows 8 then there would definitely be more of an incline on the Windows 8 side. So what gives? Why the consistent drop almost across the board in developer interest, and more importantly regarding our beloved Android devices? Let us know what you think.

source:  TechCrunch

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  • pixelperfect3

    If you have developed for Android you’d have an idea. There are so many devices, screen sizes, resolutions, dpis, etc. that it can be overwhelming and very annoying. Time and money are a bigger factor for mobile developers. This is not even going into how most devices still run 2.3 and not 4.0/4.1, which is a whole other issue.

    • http://twitter.com/PauliusJurgelev PauliusJurgelevicius

      Fragmentation is definetely not the case, there are plenty of easy ways to overcome those things. Personally i am interested in developing windows 8 apps only because i am planning to buy wp8 device as my next phone to try it out. Besides these statistics are from appcelerator, i am sure that the reality is quite different on this matter. At least my interest in android app dev is still the same. It would be stupid to ignore the dominant OS.

  • Fotios Kossyvas

    This is just a poll revealing the use of their Appcelerator platform among devs. This platform does not deliver completely native apps, so if one dev wants to include ARM6 mobile phones in target, can’t use it for real.

  • http://www.facebook.com/samajhdaar.tippanikaar Samajhdaar Tippanikaar

    Doesn’t make any difference, Android will still continue to dominate the mobile sector for the next few years to come.