Developers choose Android over iOS for the long term

Android Developer

Apple might be dominant in the app market right now, but Google is set to be the leader in the future.

So claims a joint report from Appcelerator and IDC, which showed 72 per cent of developers claimed the Android OS was "best positioned to power a large number and variety of connected devices in the future." Only 25 per cent thought this of Apple's iOS.

Almost 2,400 app developers were interviewed by the analyst firms and 59 per cent of developers said they now favoured Android's long-term outlook compared to 35 per cent for iOS, a rise of 10 per cent from a similar survey undertaken in June.

Not all was lost for Apple, however, as iOS led the way for current devices. Over 90 per cent of developers were "very interested" in making apps for the iPhone, compared to 82 per cent for Android handsets.

But both brands came out roughly equal for developing on tablet devices, with 62 per cent very interested in developing for Android products as opposed to 58 per cent for the iPad.

This is not the first time Android has been shown to make a dent in Apple's market share when it comes to developers.

A survey conducted in July by VisionMobile showed six out of 10 app developers had worked with the Google OS, 10 per cent more than had worked with iOS.

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott is a former freelance journalist and currently political reporter for Sky News. She has a varied writing history, having started her career at Dennis Publishing, working in various roles across its business technology titles, including ITPro. Jennifer has specialised in a number of areas over the years and has produced a wealth of content for ITPro, focusing largely on data storage, networking, cloud computing, and telecommunications.

Most recently Jennifer has turned her skills to the political sphere and broadcast journalism, where she has worked for the BBC as a political reporter, before moving to Sky News.