Popular Mobile App Development Platforms

| Blog | June 3, 2012

It is clear that currently there are really only two major players when it comes to choosing a mobile app development platform. You will mostly likely be evaluating whether to develop your app for AppleiOSorGoogleAndroid platforms. Each have their advantages and disadvantages which will need to be weighed carefully.

Smartphone Operating Systems: Global Market Share

What we’re seeing in the market now is that most developers choose to develop for Apple platforms first and if they are successful they will port to Android and/or other platforms. One of the key reasons being that Apple has a strong user base of user that are willing to pay for quality apps while the other platforms are using a much more open environment and geared toward the “free” app market which can limit the profit potential for developers.

Global Mobile Applications Store Revenue

According to Engadget, Android Market has approximately 70,000 live applications which makes it the second largest app store. Distimo however reports however that almost 57% of those apps are free, compared to Apples 25%. The average price of paid android apps is similar to Apple at $3.27 to Apples $3.62. There are approximately 3,005 new apps per month in the Android Marketplace to Apples 14,000.

The number of developers for the android platform is less than a fourth of that developing for the iOS platform, with a very small component developing across platform.

App Store Restrictions:

Develops also need to be aware of app store polices and restrictions before deciding what type of app they want to develop. App stores may restrict which counties are allowed to publish apps and which can have access to paid content. Only nine countries are allowed to distribute Android paid apps currently because of Google checkout restrictions. Consumers from only 13 countries can get access to paid content.

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

The full country list that is updated by Google is here.

The Apple iTunes app store also has some key restrictions in terms of which countries can publish apps on their app store. They have different app stores depending on which country you are accessing itunes from. Each country will have access to a varying list of apps depending on different policies. You’ll need to refer to itunes connect developer guidefor more details

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2 Responses to “Popular Mobile App Development Platforms”

  1. Android mobile application development platform is definitely comes ahead then other all mobile systems. Actually, iOS is also great mobile operating system and we can compare it with Android system but some thing little different in their popularity. Android system has many applications on internet which may be paid or free. Thanks for your information about various mobile application development platforms.

  2. There are approximately 3,005 new apps per month in the Android Marketplace to Apples 14,000.

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