New data from Flurry Analytics highlights the disparity in developer support for Android
, noting that developers pay more attention to the latter. Much more. In comparing developer support for the two mobile platforms, Flurry found that roughly 7 out of 10 (69 percent, to be exact) applications are developed for iOS, a trend the analytics firm partially attributes to tablets, and the iPad in particular.
"Among the reasons iOS appears more attractive to developers is the dominance by Apple in the tablet category," Flurry explains. "Not only does Apple offer a large, homogenous smartphone base for which to build software, but also when developers build for smartphones, their apps run on Apple’s iPad tablets as well. That's like getting two platforms for the price of one. Apple offers the most compelling ‘build once, run anywhere’ value proposition in the market today, delivering maximum consumer reach to developers reach for minimal cost."
Flurry's comments touch on the issue of fragmentation in the Android camp, which is perhaps a necessary byproduct of an open source architecture. And according to Flurry, "fragmentation appears to be increasing, driving up complexity and cost for developers."
On the bright side, Flurry notes that Google made some gains in the first quarter of 2012, moving up past 30 percent to 31 percent (in app concentration from developers) for the first time a year.