In the emerging battle between Google and Apple, 58.6 percent of 2,363 developers polled in September said they believed Android's long-term outlook was brighter than iOS.
The future looks brighter for Google's Android mobile operating system than for
Apple's iOS, believe the majority of mobile application developers surveyed by
software maker Appcelerator and researcher IDC
Some 58.6 percent of 2,363 developers polled in September said they think Android's
long-term outlook is brighter than iOS, compared with 34.9 percent who rank
iOS's future prospects greater than Android's.
Those numbers show a 10-point widening of the gulf from June. Just three
months ago, Appcelerator conducted the same survey and found that 54 percent of
mobile developers said Android's outlook was brightest, versus 40.4 percent who
said iOS would dominate.
It is a titillating conversation, thanks to the growing rivalry between
Apple, which is trying to catch Research in Motion in the U.S.
smartphone market, and Google, whose Android platform gobbled share
this quarter to come within striking distance of
Several successful Android smartphones have launched since June, including
the Motorola Droid X, Motorola Droid 2, and the Samsung Galaxy S line, though Appcelerator
noted that developers surveyed cited "Android's strategic advantage with
developers in embedded devices, especially in emerging areas like connected
Specifically, 72 percent of developers believe Android "is best
positioned to power a large number and variety of connected devices in the
future," compared with 25 percent for iOS.
It's important to note than Android is open source, allowing any vendor to
build systems and devices with it. IOS's exposure to the market is limited as a
proprietary technology on which only Apple can build.
Still, the developers' outlook expresses confidence in services and devices
that haven't even come to market yet. Google TV-the connected TV service that marries
Web surfing and channel surfing-hasn't launched
Expected next month from Sony and Logitech, Google TV is the search engine's
answer to Apple TV, Roku, Boxee and other services that haven't particularly
Apple TV was just streamlined, so that should make for some interesting
sales opportunities, but developers apparently feel Google TV has the edge. Some
44 percent of developers said they were "very interested" in
developing for Google TV versus 40 percent who said they prefer to build apps
for Apple TV.
Android is also popping up on several media tablets to challenge
"At 62 percent expressing strong interest, Android has similar
enthusiasm to the iPad at an analogous point in time [last January pegged iPad
at 58 percent]," Appcelerator said. "This is great news for Android
tablet device OEMs."
The Dell Streak hybrid device is available now, with more tablets from Dell
forthcoming. Archos is making Android tablet devices. Samsung's Galaxy Tab is
coming soon. Others, such as Dell Sharp and Motorola, are planning Android
tablets for later this year and early 2011.
Of course, there are areas that developers acknowledge Apple and iOS lead,
particularly regarding the important detail of earning money.
Appcelerator found that the iPhone continues to lead overall developer
sentiment-whatever that means-with 91 percent saying they are very interested
in writing apps for that smartphone compared with 82 percent for Android