Android Users Lack Access to Many Top Apps Built for iOS: Canalys
The Canalys survey found 18 percent of the top 50 paid apps available through iTunes were available for Android, but not optimized for tablet users.Although Android is widespread in the mobile space, the operating system's application ecosystem has not reached its potential. Google needs to encourage greater numbers of developers to invest in delivering high-quality Android tablet apps quickly to avoid disappointing consumers with weak app experiences in the short term, according to Canalys' App Interrogator research. "Quite simply, building high-quality app experiences for Android tablets has not been among many developers' top priorities to date," Canalys senior analyst Tim Shepherd said in a statement. "That there are over 375,000 apps in the Apple App Store that are designed with iPad users in mind, versus just a fraction of this—in the low tens of thousands—available through Google Play, underscores this point." Of the top 50 paid and free iPad apps in Apple's U.S. App Store, based on aggregated daily rankings in the first half of 2013, close to a third (30 percent) were absent from Google Play, one of the major deficiencies in Google's Android application ecosystem, according to Canalys' research. Slightly more than half (52 percent) of the apps had Android versions both available through Google Play and optimized (if only a little) for tablet use. An additional 18 percent of the top 50 paid apps available through iTunes were available, but not optimized for tablet users, offering no more than a smart phone app blown up to the size of a tablet screen.
The 52 percent of top apps available through Google Play and optimized for tablets also includes six titles that appear as top paid titles on iOS, but are only available as free, ad-supported versions on Android.