CIO Today

CIO Today Network Sites:   Top Tech News  |   CIO Today   |   Mobile Tech Today   |   Data Storage Today
Daily Briefing for Technology's Top Decision-Makers
Neustar, Inc.
Protect your website & network
using real-time information & analysis

www.neustar.biz
Wednesday, April 23rd 
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Trending Topics:   Security Heartbleed Big Data Cloud Computing Windows XP Data Centers OS X Mavericks
Home
Enterprise Software
Enterprise Hardware
Big Data
Network Security
Cloud Computing
CRM Systems
Data Storage
Operating Systems
Communications
CIO Issues
Mobile Tech
Chips & Processors
World Wide Web
Business Briefing
After Hours
Press Releases
 
Free Newsletters
Top CIO News
 
Mobile Tech Today
 

Tech Trends

More Developers Find Creating Apps in Android Faster

More Developers Find Creating Apps in Android Faster
January 14, 2014 3:05PM

Bookmark and Share
Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data, said Android's position as an open platform is what has allowed it to jump ahead of iOS for developers. "Apple suffers a disadvantage against Android in this respect, in that Android is an open platform and consequently is supported by a host of development tool makers who are continually adding innovation," she said.

Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR) is a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information and analysis to the Internet, telecommunications, information services, financial services, retail, media and advertising sectors. Neustar applies its advanced, secure technologies in location, identification, and evaluation to help its customers promote and protect their businesses. More information is available at www.neustar.biz.

A large portion of active app developers now say that working on apps for Android is easier and faster than building apps for iOS or Windows. This development time may be part of the reason why Android has surpassed iOS as the main development target for developers.

Statistics from a new Evans Data survey show that 41 percent of developers find they are able to develop an Android app within one month, compared with 36 percent and 34 percent for iOS and Windows Phone respectively. The difference in development time between Android and iOS may not be terribly significant on its own but it is surprising when taking into account that it has traditionally been easier to develop iOS apps because there are fewer screen sizes offered by Apple.

Another Selling Point

Android has already become a far more popular mobile OS than iOS globally, and in the past, a wider selection of apps was one of the few things that Apple still had going for it. With the Evans Data survey, it is easy to tell that if developers have to choose an OS to develop for, Android may be the better option as they can reach more users and have an easier time actually building the app.

For the past two years, the Google Play store has had more to offer than the Apple's iTunes App Store. Now that development for Android is simpler, the gap between the two stores is not shrinking. As Android becomes the more common mobile OS in lucrative developing markets, the future is not looking as bright for Apple unless it can put in place some changes, one of which may be to make it easier for people to develop iOS apps.

On the flip side, developers will not necessarily be fleeing iOS anytime soon, as a new report from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster suggests that the iOS App Store is more profitable for developers since users have a tendency to buy a larger amount of in-app features and add-ons.

Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data, said Android's position as an open platform is what has allowed it to jump ahead of iOS.

"Apple suffers a disadvantage against Android in this respect, in that Android is an open platform and consequently is supported by a host of development tool makers who are continually adding innovation to the available tool inventory. If Apple could find a way to embrace that position, they would be better off." she said.

Screen Sizes

In the PC market, the variety of screen and window sizes made designing Web sites a tedious process and many people chose not to specifically come out with versions of a site that was optimized for a different screen size. This problem is something with which mobile developers are also contending. But in learning from Web sites, many of them are choosing to develop multiple sizes of an app, mainly to accommodate a variety of Android devices.

"Targeting multiple screen sizes is definitely the way to go," Garvin said. "The benefit of having your app run across the gamut of device types is obvious, and while there are difficulties in synchronization across device types, and in the range of graphics capabilities that are supported by different screens, the benefits still outweigh the effort."

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



 Tech Trends
1. Samsung Gear Fit Geared for Exercise
2. Poll: A Mix of Feelings on Future Tech
3. 'Like' Cheerios, Give Up Right To Sue
4. Google Earnings, Sales Disappoint
5. Review: Windows Embraces the Past




 Most Popular Articles
1. BlackBerry Drops T-Mobile After Nasty Spat
2. Cisco, IBM Launch Internet of Things Consortium
3. Salesforce CRM Gets Industry Specific for Internet of Customers
4. Intel Bets on Cloudera for Big Data Analytics
5. SAP HANA Data Warehouse App Gets Faster Analytics

Have an informed opinion on this story?
Send a Letter to the Editor.
We want to know what you think.
Send us your Feedback.

 Related Topics  Latest News & Special Reports

  Officials Reveal Microsoft Data Center
  Samsung Gear Fit Geared for Exercise
  Google Sharpens Contact Lens Vision
  Hortonworks, Concurrent To Partner
  Microsoft, BMC Targeting VMware

 Technology Marketplace
Business Intelligence
Get real-time, cloud-based information services with Neustar.
 
Cloud Computing
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
 
Contact Centers
HP delivers the future of the contact center with HP Qfiniti 10.
 
Data Storage
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
 
Enterprise Hardware
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
 
Hardware
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 
Network Security
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 

Network Security Spotlight
Top Cyberthreats Exposed by Verizon Report
Beyond Heartbleed, there are cyberthreats vying to take down enterprise networks, corrupt smartphones, and wreak havoc on businesses. Verizon is exposing these threats in a new report.
 
Where Do Web Sites Stand, Post-Heartbleed?
A security firm says the vast majority of Web sites have patched themselves to protect against the Heartbleed bug, but now there are questions raised on the reliability of open-source programs.
 
White House Updating Online Privacy Policy
A new Obama administration privacy policy explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, saying much is in the public domain.
 
Navigation
CIO Today
Home/Top News | Enterprise Software | Enterprise Hardware | Big Data | Network Security | Cloud Computing | CRM Systems
Data Storage | Operating Systems | Communications | CIO Issues | Mobile Tech | Chips & Processors | World Wide Web
Business Briefing | After Hours | Press Releases
Also visit these Enterprise Technology Sites
Top Tech News | CIO Today | Mobile Tech Today | Data Storage Today

Services:
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About CIO Today Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Services for PR Pros (In partnership with NewsFactor) | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 CIO Today. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.