New Flurry Report Shows Big iOS Developer Preference Over Android

Approximately 70% of all apps developed today are inbound to Apple’s iOS, not Google’s Android platform.

“If the developer community embraces one platform over the other,” writes Peter Farago on the Flurry Blog, “developers will build the software that infinitely extends the value of the consumer experience, giving a platform a meaningful edge.”

For now, that “edge” is definitely with Apple and its iOS platform.

The data presented indicates that Apple continues to generate more support from developers than the makers of any other mobile operating system.

For every 10 apps that developers build, roughly 7 are for iOS. While Google made some gains in Q1 2012, edging up to over 30% for the first time in a year, we believe this is largely due to seasonality, as Apple traditionally experiences a spike in developer support leading up to the holiday season. Apple’s business has more observable seasonality.

Although the reason for this reality is multifaceted, revenue potential plays a huge role in dictating where developers take their talents.

“Running a comparison of revenue generated by top apps on both iOS and Android, Flurry calculates that the difference in revenue generated per active user is still 4 times greater on iOS than Android,” the report asserts. “For every $1.00 a developer earns on iOS, he can expect to earn about $0.24 on Android. These results mirror earlier findings from similar analysis Flurry conducted in Q4 of 2011 and Q1 of 2012.”

To read the full report, click here.