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

3 Responses

  1. Richard Mischook Author September 11, 2010 at 4:30 pm Reply

    I actually like Apples’s quality-control over the app store. It gives me a certain confidence that when I install an app, it isn’t going to trash my device or steal my data. That and the wide selection of quality apps is why I have not bothered jailbreaking my device. I suspect my sentiments are fairly widely shared by iOS users. That said Android is clearly going places and given that and the fact that they do not have the same level of saturation in their app store, it makes a lot of sense to develop for that platform.

  2. Hassan Al-Jeshi Author September 11, 2010 at 11:27 pm Reply

    OK, as a developer for iOS, I have to go through the following:

    1- Buy a Mac machine
    2- Pay Apple at least $99/year for the SDK
    3- After I develop my app, I will give it to Apple for review:
    4- If they did not like my app (usually without any reason), all my work will be wasted and as a developer my time is the most expansive assets I have
    5- If they accepted it, they will get 30% of each sale even though that I have bought a Mac from them and I pay for the SDK and invested some time to develop the app and took the risk of being rejected.

    After all of that, why would I develop for iOS?? that’s basically insulting!!!

  3. Stefan Mischook Author September 11, 2010 at 11:56 pm Reply

    @Hassan,

    Man those are some pretty harsh terms!

    Stef

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