So, Eric Schmidt, where are those iOS-slaying Android exclusive apps?

MG Siegler reports for TechCrunch, “Flashback to December 6, 2011: Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is on stage at LeWeb in Paris and is asked by an audience member why most application developers still choose to develop for iOS first rather than Android? Schmidt’s response: ‘Six months from now you’ll say the opposite. Because ultimately applications vendors are driven by volume. And the volume is favored by the open approach that Google is taking.’

“Well, Mr. Schmidt, it’s been six months. And? Nope,” Siegler reports. “Now, to be fair, support from some of the bigger app makers does seem to be improving. The audience member at LeWeb specifically cited Flipboard, which is now available on Android — sort of. It’s actually in private beta testing and only available for Samsung Galaxy S III devices, which no regular consumer actually has yet — and may not for a while. Still, other popular apps like Instagram and most recently, Instapaper, have made the jump to Android as well.”

“But that’s not what Schmidt said,” Siegler reports. “He predicted that by this date, developers would be making their apps for Android first. And that’s simply not happening. Sure, there are a few here and there that do it. But for the most part, the situation remains the same. In the hearts and minds of top app developers, it’s iOS first and Android second — or not at all.”

Siegler reports, “The same is true for the vast majority of new startups — I talk with dozens each week. The refrain: iOS first. Android second. Down the road. At some point. Maybe. So why was Schmidt so wrong? In my mind, there are a number of reasons.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jump” for the heads up.]

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    1. False, compression provides merely a smaller space.
      There is no illusion derived on the dynamics or intensity measured in decibels with EQ. All tbones’ imagination.

  1. I have no idea what @tbone just said. I think it’s insightful, probably 😉

    As an app developer myself I’ll say that it’s not volume (@silverhawk), it’s time to market: I’m spending 1/3x the time developing for iOS and it’s well-understood product families than I was for Android and it’s myriad (changes daily) device sizes and capabilities. Getting my products onto the store quickly means that annuity stream is in place and going while I get to work on the next project.

    1. In audio engineering, equalization settings are just as important as volume settings, so at 0db gain, you can feel and hear important passages as if they were softer or louder. The analogy is that Eric T. Mole was emphasizing volume (number of units) and @silverhawk1 mentioned that sales (equalization) pay the rent, where sheer volume doesn’t. @tbone inserted a truism WRT audio engineering that frankly is a good analogy (except when using vinyl). 🙂

      1. Sausage…good

        Won’t be long and you won’t be able to kick Balmer around any more. Voted one of the worst performing CEOs on one survey. Rumors have started.

        I predict Balmer will just announce he needs to spend more time with his family & “Goodbye”.

  2. Eric t mole said six-months ago, Ice Cream Sandwich would be on the majority of Android phones and I hear ICSs installed base is less than 10-percent!

    Fragmentation, it’s a bitch. I suffer the same ailments on my iPhone and iPad, but not to the extent that the majority of Android users do.

    There are App Store apps and then there are those that are sold direct, by the developers. The App Store apps are sandboxed in iOS 5, and because of this, there are limits imposed on the software that aren’t found in the developer’s website version.

    1 Password is a good example. Version 3.9 is sandboxed and 3.8 is not. I want to cling to 3.8 but as soon as the App store version overtakes 3.8 in features, I will have to shell out 50 bucks once more to get the latest version!

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