Flurry said Android developer share is dwindling, attributing Apple's iPad 2 and the Verizon iPhone 4 launch. It could also be that Honeycomb tablets aren't rocking.
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) CEO Larry Page announced some positive news about the Android
during the company's second-quarter earnings call July 14. These include 550,000
Android devices activated each day, coupled with more than 6 billion Android Market
However, all may not be as rosy as it seems.
Research from mobile analytics firm Flurry suggests
Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) launch of the iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZW) in February
and the iPad 2 in March helped lure developer support from the Android platform
to Apple's iOS.
New Android project starts on Flurry's network, which the
researcher counts by the number of platform SDKs downloaded, have dropped from
36 percent in the first quarter to 28 percent in the second quarter.
This marks the second quarter-over-quarter
slide for Android in 2011, following a year of big growth for the platform,
which peaked at 39 percent in the fourth quarter last year.
Flurry researcher Charles Newark-French, who said Flurry
iOS and Android new project starts grew from 9,100 in Q1 to 10,200 in Q2,
attributed the launch of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 to the developer defection
Following three years of exclusive sales by AT&T, Verizon
moved millions of iPhones. Meanwhile, Apple has sold nearly 30 million iPads to
date, including millions of iPad 2 slates, which are thinner and lighter and