Today, Google boasted that there are now over 65,000 apps on the Android Market, and that over 160,000 Android handsets are sold every day. These numbers may be astonishing, considering that as early as November 2009, you could've counted the number of Android apps on two hands (kidding... but back then, there were only 10,000 apps). Also, note that there are currently over 224,000 apps available in the Apple App Store. So, in the eyes of app developers where does Android stand today? How does Android compare to the other mobile OSes? Appcelerator attempts to answer these tough questions. From June 15-17, Appcelerator conducted an anonymous Mobile Development Survey of 2,733 of its 51,000+ developers, in order to determine developer's perceptions of the top six mobile platforms: Apple iOS, Google Android, Blackberry RIM, Nokia Symbian/Maemo, Palm WebOS, and Microsoft Phone 7.
Appcelerator is a software company that specializes in cross-platform developing (between mobile and desktop) with its newest Titanium software suite. Appcelerator works with developers of all the major mobile platforms, and thus should be unbiased in their results.
So how does Android fare, compared to the likes of Apple's iOS and Microsoft Phone 7? In a few words, surprising well.
First, how much raw interest is there to develop for Android vs iOS and other platforms? Apple iOS (90%) slightly edges out Google Android (81%) in interest. The interest in developing for Microsoft Phone 7 and Blackberry RIM are much lower (34% and 27% respectively). This shows that although developers may prefer to write apps for Apple's iOS, there is a deep and growing interest in Android.
So, with iOS and FroYo just arriving, and Windows Phone 7 on the horizon, what are your views on the future of mobile development? Let us know!
Full-length Mobile Developer Survey here