A new study has revealed that developers have favored using iOS more than the Google-powered Android in the second quarter of 2011.
The study conducted by Flurry, that deals with statistics regarding developer applications, said majority of the developers spent their time creating apps for iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad in comparison to the Android OS.
“Last week, Apple reported that it had sold a cumulative 200 million iOS devices. Currently the App Store contains more than 425,000 apps, with total downloads surpassing 15 billion. From the developer’s point of view, the most attractive aspect of the iOS consumer audience is that they all have credit cards on file with iTunes,” wrote Charles Newark-French, Strategy Manager M&A at Vodafone, in Flurry’s official Blog. “This means 100% of them can seamlessly pay for apps and in-app purchases. All told, the App Store offers a powerful business opportunity to developers and has attracted leading mobile developer support.”
The latest report said that about 57 percent of new projects taken up were for iPhone, in the second quarter of 2011, which has seen a significant increase from 54 percent in the first quarter.
The Android OS, however, has seen a fall in the second quarter compared to the first when the projects based on Android was at 36 percent. The number has fallen in the second quarter and stands at 28 percent.
“Studying the numbers, it’s readily apparent that Android has lost developer support to iOS. Specifically, Android new project starts have dropped from 36% in Q1 to 28% in Q2. Overall, total Flurry iOS and Android new project starts grew from 9,100 in Q1 to 10,200 in Q2, Newark-French added. “Of note, this drop in Android developer support represents the second quarter-over-quarter slide, which follows a year of significant, steady growth for the Google-built OS. Over the course of 2010, Android developer support had steadily climbed each quarter, peaking at 39% in Q4 2010.”
The recent drop in the usage percentage of Android devices is due to the launch of iPhone 4 on Verizon’s wireless network and the introduction of iPad 3, Flurry’s official Blog reported.