Are Developers Beginning to Favor the Android Market Over the App Store?
One of the best features of smartphones is their access to hundreds of thousands of applications and games. Furthermore, there are multiple app stores to suit different smartphone operating systems. And of course, with the competition comes a battle (and a versus article).
Apple’s App Store started it all. The store quickly rose to the top and had the most apps, and certainly the most downloads. However, with both the App Store and the Android Market reaching 500,000 apps just recently, it seems that the tides are changing. Therefore, developers that make apps for both stores will have to choose which market to work with first, and Netflix demonstrates how one store will have to wait behind the other.
Just recently, Netflix pushed out a new update to their Android Tablet app. Included in the press release, were hints of an updated user interface and one major delay. That delay was worded as such, “The new tablet experience should be available for members with iPads in a few weeks.”
Although to any normal consumer, this “delay” would be thought of as a few weeks, the Android community will see it as years and will soon turn Android into the world’s most widely-used smartphone operating system.
The numbers don’t lie. Android is on the verge of taking 50% of the total smartphone market share. In addition, now that there are as many apps in the Android market as in the App Store, developers are turning to Android as their prime destination for their apps. This is not only because of the number of users but also because, “Android Market is an open service that lets you distribute your apps to handsets” and, “The Android SDK has the tools, sample code, and docs you need to create great apps”