Should Programmers be developing for iOS, or is Android the better option?

September 11, 2010
Posted in Mobile

As you all know, iOS based devices:

– iPhone
– iPad
– iPod touch

… have a huge user base and application development for these devices has been, and probably will continue to be, a good area to be involved in. That said, how about Google Android based devices?

Well, the Android user base is growing very fast:

Gartner explained in an official statement, “In the smartphone operating system (OS) market, Android expanded rapidly in the second quarter of 2010, overtaking Apple’s iPhone OS to become the third-most-popular OS in the world.”

So it seems to me that smart developers will look to working on the Android platform because:

1. Android’s huge growth in market share
2. There are a lot of apps still to be built, before Android’s application collection matches iOS’s.

Business Application Development … is where the money is at!

I also think Android will become the mobile OS of choice for mobile business use because of its’ open nature. This compared to iOS, which is very controlled by big brother .. oh, I mean big Apple.

Apple will change its’ tune

Apple now has a vice-like choke hold on their iOS platform … this I think will change in time, because of the pressure exerted by Android. I’m pretty sure about this (73.5% probability) because Apple has already caved in a little:

http://www.killersites.com/blog/2010/apples-allows-flash-created-apps-to-run-on-iphone-and-ipad/

Stefan Mischook

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