Apple iPhone’s huge first mover advantage over Google’s Android

When it comes to Apple’s iPhone vs. Google’s Android, there’s a “simple reality that will determine who comes out ahead in this Battle of the Titans,” Peter Burrows reports for BusinessWeek.

“It’s Apple’s first mover advantage. Already, thousands of developers have already created apps for the iPhone, and many are making real cash money on the more than 100 million apps that have been downloaded fromthe AppStore so far. Had Apple and Google announced their SDK on the same day, these developers may have created versions for both right away. That didn’t happen, though,” Burrows reports.

“Since Android came nearly six months later than Apple, many will likely take a ‘wait-and-see’ approach to Android. That creates a chicken-and-egg conundrum for Android, seems to me. If top developers are waiting and seeing while iPhone sales zoom ahead, it could impact or at least temper Android’s ability to get off the ground,” Burrows reports.

“Take Pandora, the popular Internet radio site. It’s had huge demand for its service since setting up shop on the AppStore. “The iPhone eclipsed all of our other mobile Internet partners in about 12 hours,” says CTO Tom Conrad. As of my visit to Pandora earlier this month, 10% of its listenership was already on the iPhone—a huge number for what had been a PC-dominated service,” Burrows reports. “What about Android? While Conrad thinks its very promising, ‘we don’t have anyone working on Android. We want to be where our customers want us to be.’ Until those customers demand Android, it sounds like Pandora will keep its focus on iPhone.”

Full article here.

iPod touch. Never forget iPod touch. Add in the millions upon millions of iPod touch units already in action and those coming this Christmas — and beyond — and you’ll have an even clearer idea why developers are focused on Apple’s products over all others.


  1. I think that in the end it will be Apple as the market leader with Google as the Pepsi to Apple’s Coke. That is to say that Google will be good enough to stop some people from switching to Apple and AT&T;.

    Apple will be the trend setter, and Google will get the follower that keeps them honest.

    The real loser is Blackberry, who will eventually be relegated to third place.

    Well, I guess it will be worse for Microsoft at the bottom, but they have been there for a while.

  2. Part of the discussion here is missing.

    Developing for the iPhone is like designing for a well established plateform. All iPhones have the same form factors and hardware specs.

    All the different (putative) gPhone models will come in different form factors and hardware specs. They will be as big a muddle to program for as is Windows which has to run on some many difference spec’ed machine. A nightmare. Not workth the time or money.

  3. Actually any real developers here aren’t allowed to speak about their development efforts even in the most general terms. In fact, I think I just broke our NDA. Oh no I think I just did it again.

  4. Another iPhone VS GooDroid on ChanelWeb – “Why The T-Mobile G1 Is Better Than The Apple iPhone” And their reasoning (surprise, surprise) is, “Google’s hands-off approach means there will be no whining about what applications do and don’t get picked up. Essentially, a developer can offer his or her application on the market without fees, review or even Google’s stamp of approval. With Apple keeping a tight grip on the apps offered in its AppStore — anyone remember IAMRICH? — Android Market will be a breath of fresh air.”

    In this perfect world we live in of trust and honor (twinkle, twinkle) and all developers are noble and cherish the well being of all humanity (sparkle, sparkle), Google has no worries, no, none… (harp playing in the background)

    Well, yippee whoa! I am a developer (of malware mostly… Oops, my bad) , and I am busy writing a neat little droid app — I shall name it, “GwhooFarted?” and it will natively and seamlessly integrate with your GooDroid Phone. It will function as follows: Every time a boy tries to kiss a girl on a first date, your GooDroid will start farting at maximum volume uncontrollably and you won’t be able to de-activate it (Patent for sale, anybody?) Luckily for you though, if you’re quick enough, you can save a teeny bit of dignity by slinging it out the closest window, or (if you still would like to try and use it again in the future) just rip out it’s battery.

    Last, but not least, you’d probably want to grasp a breath of fresh air! or try our GDroid deodorant for men (sold separately. Not for under 18’s)

  5. Just like the iPhone, the T-Mobile/HTC Googlephone G1, even before actual launch, is generating blogger lists of disadvantages, limitations and missing features.

    In the case of the iPhone, Apple promptly and continuously has addressed missing features and problems with software, firmware, and hardware upgrades, including updates and fixes to MobileMe, iTunes, and the AppStore.

    Who is going to do this for the Googlephone G1? T-Mobile? HTC? Google/Android?

    Or are purchasers of early models of the Android phones going to be stuck forever with the problems and limitations of the phone as purchased? Who will protect their investment?

  6. Calling all malware developers! Calling all malware developers!

    Develop a malware Android app and post it on Android Market. No review of your app, avoid the “hassle” of the Apple App Store, don’t delay, the early bird gets to give their WORMS first!

  7. This just in:

    T-Mobile Drops Data Limit For New Google Phone
    NEW YORK (AP) ― In advance of the new Google phone, T-Mobile USA has changed the wording of the user agreement for its wireless data network and no longer claims the right to slow surfing to a crawl once a subscriber goes over a monthly usage limit.

    The amendment was made late Wednesday, a day after T-Mobile revealed the G1, the first smart phone that will use the new network. The G1 is also the first phone to use Google Inc.’s mobile software platform.

    Bloggers had spotted a 1-gigabyte monthly download limit in T-Mobile’s user agreement and were concerned that it would apply to the G1. The phone comes with a Web browser, access to Google e-mail and songs from Inc., which could make a user quickly exceed a gigabyte of traffic.

    In a statement, T-Mobile said that since the G1 doesn’t go on sale until Oct. 22, the details of the plan were not final, but it had removed the limit anyway. It still reserves the right to slow down traffic for a “a small fraction of our customers who have excessive or disproportionate usage that interferes with our network performance.”

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