Ovum: Google Android to be more important to developers than iOS by 2013

“Ovum on Monday predicted based on a developer survey that Android would become more important to developers than iOS by the start of 2013,” Electronista reports. “While Apple would still be the other major platform creator to write for, the research firm saw the momentum in hardware leading to Google taking the edge. Ovum didn’t give ratios for how much of a lead it expected.”

Electronista reports, “Google still has numerous obstacles to overcome among developers, however, the biases of the store and users towards free apps. Despite a larger device market share, Android apps make a sixth the revenue of iOS apps and have more troubles with discoverability and piracy.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: More important to developers who lack any business sense whatsoever.

58 Comments

    1. From Wikipedia:

      An ovum (plural ova, from the Latin word ovum meaning egg or egg cell) is a haploid female reproductive cell or gamete

      Not an organ, and egg.

    2. I think the concept is that thoughts are hatching at ovum, implying that they’re egg heads.And yet oddly they have egg on their face for this TardPrediction.

      I personally expect 2012 to be the SECOND year of failed OtherPads. There is no competition with the iPad on the horizon. Meanwhile, the ‘flashy’ (heard that term today on the BBC today) iPhone 4S is running rings around its competition. You can buy limping crud, or you can buy an iPhone.

      Android who?

  1. I can easily see Android being more ‘important’ to crapware developers. My personal favorite iOS crapware developer is Xhumans. I would expect they’d find a hell-of-a-lot more suckers to pay for their garbage on the Android platform. In fact, I expect these scammers would abandon iOS entirely! Bye-bye!

      1. I sometimes think it would be interesting if Apple spent some couch change ( say, 50 million) to follow the money trail from pundits to analysts to …Then document and publish the results.
        Probably not worth their time,but then I’m a vindictive bastard and would to see it.

        1. Uhm, it’s already been done. Read Patrick Byrne’s Deepcapture.com website. It’s a LONG read about how people like Jim Cramer and his henchmen at theStreet.com, including Scott Moritz try to influence the market. Cramer is on record talking about how easy it is to deep-six Apple’s shares.

  2. And what version of Android will developers be writing for? Fragmentastion will rule as long as carriers dictate when OS versions roll out on their hardware. Seems to me Android users by their devices so that they can do the things that smart phones do within a limited set of features.

    1. This is exactly why more developers will be working with Android. Fragmentation will require that some work with HTC, some work with Samsung, some work with Amazon, …

      However, the largest individual group will work with iOS.

  3. Here is a copy of my reply to the original article.
    “biased against free apps? Yes, I am and proud of it.
    I have a curious question aimed at those who share the OWS mindset wherein you feel you are owed everything for free.
    Would you be willing, strictly on a volunteer basis of course, to share my rent, the cost of my food, my computers, my software, my time in development of apps, the development cost of apps that just don’t sell because they did not appeal to enough people, the list could go on for pages?
    And then, the cost of developing and testing for Android, with its 250+ versions when implemented on all the different devices and versions?

    If so, I will give you all the free apps you want. Of course I do need to take into account that those who “deserve” free apps complain more than those who pay for them. Something about that Occupy Wall Street mindset. (disclaimer–if there are Wall Street types who commit individual crimes, then individually convict them, who could have a problem with that?)

    Have a nice day.
    ——waiting—–waiting———the only sound is crickets chirping in the dark—–

    I thought so. Will stay with iOS, please, please, the rest of you take the Android market, I will be so grateful. “

    1. I have a curious question aimed at those who share the OWS mindset wherein you feel you are owed everything for free.
      Thank you for proving you don’t understand the “OWS mindset” one bit. OWS is about a level playing field, not “being owed everything for free”.

      ——RM

      1. Yes, that’s why they’re stealing copper basins and peeing on crosses in the churches where they’re being allowed to stay, and breaking into houses allegedly to put homeless families (but actually OWS protesters) and preventing the people who own the property from living there while they fight the bank over their mortgage.

        Yup, level playing field, so long as they can do whatever they want (also called anarchy).

        1. Aww. The oligarchy says “jump” and you say “how high?”. Heartwarming.

          In regards to the article, yeah, by 2013 developers will favour a platform where they can barely get paid anything on the rare occassion they get paid at all. Makes perfect sense. Developers hate money, right?

          They don’t?

          Oh…

    2. Oh, wait, I didn’t read the whole thing! It gets dumber!

      Something about that Occupy Wall Street mindset. (disclaimer–if there are Wall Street types who commit individual crimes, then individually convict them, who could have a problem with that?)

      What do you think is one of the major things the Occupiers want, moron?! The whole point of OWS is that bankers and their 1% buddies are above the law! Geez, try reading what Occupiers are saying about their own cause instead of just swallowing what Fox and Friends says.

      ——RM

      1. So therefore it’s OK for OWS to break into houses, steal things from churches, desecrate and vandalize property, relieve themselves any old place, etc. etc.

        Sure, two wrongs make . . . more wrongs.

          1. Ah, yes. Name-calling. The first resort of those who truly don’t understand an issue.

            BLN, sometimes you can be insightful here. Other times, your clearly are out of your league. If you want to learn how to properly argue with someone and to actually think about issues instead of just accepting what the media are feeding you, try starting with Jamie Whyte’s excellent book Crimes Against Logic.

            In addition to that, you may want to remind yourself that public discourse can and should be civil. Think about it.

      2. Actually, I did read and have listened to what OWS have said, and since they’ve based their very premises upon shaky ground, misconceptions and (gasp!) outright lies, I found I disagreed with them.

        Money is not “3 candy bars on a shelf”. Just because someone has more than you, it does not mean less is available for you. Jealousy and envy are not admirable traits, and when all is said and done, jealousy and envy are what OWS (and much of the Left) base their ideologies upon.

        Left wingers remind me of that creepy guy on the corner, who makes it his business to mind your business when it isn’t any of his business to do so.

  4. What!? They missed giving advice about what Apple should do, or maybe that’s next month’s article. The pundits love to tell Apple what they should be doing, and they are always wrong.

    1. Siri is already as accurate as meteorologists and economists. Tech pundits have the same deal. Their job isn’t to be accurate predictors. Their job is to explain to you why it’s different than they predicted. Some of them, like Joe Wilcox, don’t even need to acknowledge that it’s different from what they predicted. They just go on making new predictions.

  5. Google still has numerous obstacles to overcome among developers, however, the biases of the store and users towards free apps.

    But by 2013, somehow these obstacles are expect to magically vanish, and Android’s raw market share will result in more developer attention, even though that hasn’t been the case yet.

    The mind boggles that people are actually paid to spew this sh*t.

    ——RM

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