Apple App Store Preferred by Developers, Studies Reveal

Over the Independence Day weekend, a series of studies shed light on the ongoing rivalry between the App Store and Android’s marketplace. App Store HQ recently disclosed findings from their database, revealing that Apple’s iPhone continues to attract a larger group of developers compared to Android. Although some developers create apps for both platforms, the majority remain exclusive to one.

Furthermore, a recent survey of mobile developers indicated that while the iPhone is currently preferred, 54% believe Android offers a better prospect in the long term.

Additionally, analytics firm Distimo published a report focusing on the composition of apps within these stores. It highlighted that 80% of iPad apps are paid, compared to a slightly lower percentage for iPhone apps. In contrast, Google’s Android market features 57% of its apps for free, the highest among all mobile marketplaces surveyed.

This disparity suggests why developers might favor the App Store, as it presents a larger, more lucrative market. However, Android is not to be underestimated. Despite the current preferences, the platform is expanding its reach (with developers from nine different countries now able to distribute paid apps), and its potential for growth is recognized by the developer community.

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