iOS developers out-number Android developers 4:1

by: James TromansJuly 5, 2010
AppStore HQ breakdown

AppStore HQ breakdown

A really interesting piece from the AppStore HQ blog has emerged. Sure, it is designed to promote their brand, but the findings are rather interesting. According to the company, iOS developers out-number Android developers more than 4:1. Around 10% of Android developers also develop for the iOS, but a measly 3% that develop for the iOS actually develop for Android too.

There has been talk of a ‘war’ between Android and iOS for the future of mobile smartphone computing. It would certainly seem as though this dichotomy is echoed in the development world too. Personally, I find this hard to get my head around, primarily because money is money, regardless of whether it is from iPhone users or Android users. Make a great application for the iPhone, Android users are going to love it too. That is a whole new market and one well worth exploiting if you are a profit motivated developer.

Ok, so we know it isn’t as simple as *pow* and there is the Android version of my iOS application I made. Plenty of companies do not have the resources to make the switch quite so easily. But with so much money floating around in the app development world, its got to be worth it though, right? Venture capital, anyone?

  • John B.

    I’d be interested to know what the ratio is for ‘serious developers’ – IE, not those “developing” Fart Soundboards for the iPhone/Android

    BUT, as the penetration of Android phones increases I’d expect to see these numbers level out – if you’re a small developer, you’re going to go after the platform where you a chance of selling more copies, no?

  • Paul Teale

    I think the option to refund an Android app so easily is very discouraging for Android developers.

  • I think we might be able to expect a similar *proportion* of developers to make silly applications for both iOS and Android. At least until someone proves otherwise. It still doesn’t alter the fact iOS has more developers. I don’t think that this is tied to the fact that the Market offers a ‘option to refund an Android app so easily’. I doubt many iOS developers make applications banking on the fact people will download them, possibly dislike them, but know that they cannot return it. I think there is something more fundamental going on here, or it could be as simple as Android is a newer platform.

  • Michael

    Well, in terms of new developers, it looks like the numbers are equaling out. Most recently, ios has gotten an iPhone 4 bump, but I think that will fade away over time and the trend looks like android will surpass ios over the next six months.

  • ekymz

    i wonder if the ios developers are also android developers too?hmmm…thinking….:-)