Mobile developers still choosing Android over iOS

Android widened its lead on iOS as the format in which developers chose to code for

More than 5,000 iOS developers are in San Francisco for Apple's big party at the Worldwide Developers Conference, but a new report says the hippest place to be is the Android Market. The study, from Bluevia and Vision Mobile, found that 67 per cent of developers code for Android, while iOS trails at 59 per cent.

The percentage of developers working in each platform increased this year - Android from 59 per cent and iOS from 50 per cent.

The two leading mobile OS giants continued to capture developers' attention, but a major surprise was the fastest growing platform -- mobile Web apps written in HTML or JavaScript. More than 55 per cent of developers are working in the platform, up from 40 per cent last year. The report attributes that growth to an influx of non-mobile developers.

Mobile Web developers kept Microsoft out of the top three, but that could soon change, according to a section of the report that looks at which platforms developers are planning to use. The "Developer Intentshare Index" says 35 per cent of developers are looking toward Android and 32 per cent are looking to add more Windows Phone work to their portfolio. ChromeOS, iOS and Meego round out the top five, in that order.

Symbian and Java are the mobile platforms being most quickly abandoned by developers. Vision Mobile found 40 per cent of developers currently using Symbian plan to drop it; the figure is 35 per cent for Java.

Research in Motion's aging BlackBerry platform continued to grow this year, with 45 per cent of developers actively engaged in coding, up from 40 per cent in 2010. But it lags behind in the Intentshare rankings, with less than a quarter of developers planning to use it.

Vision Mobile also surveyed developers about their adoption criteria for picking a platform. The results - developers favor large market penetration and low-cost development tools - show Android's clear advantage with its leading reach and huge, open-source coding community.

Interestingly, revenue potential came in third in the list of reasons for choosing a platform. So, while the Android army may be growing, its foot soldiers aren't necessarily getting rich in the process.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Appleconsumer electronicsGoogleappsiosPhonesAndroidRIM BlackBerry

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Eric Mack

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?