Report: Verizon iPhone, iPad 2 luring developers away from Android
The popularity of Android devices has grown exponentially over the last year or so among both users and developers, but the Verizon iPhone and iPad 2 may be bringing iOS back to the forefront of their attention, according to a new report from Flurry Analytics. The mobile analytics firm looked at the 90,000 applications that make use of Flurry's SDK to see where the new projects are taking place, and found that developer attention to Android has waned significantly over first and second quarters of 2011, despite it growing steadily in 2010.
According to Flurry, developers created Android apps in increasing numbers all throughout 2010, with Android peaking at 39 percent of new projects in the fourth quarter of the year. That number went down slightly in the first quarter of 2011 to 36 percent, while 10 percent of developers started new projects specifically for iPad and 54 percent focused on the iPhone/iPod touch combo. And now that the second quarter numbers are in, things have slid in iOS's direction even more: 28 percent of new developer projects were targeted at Android, while 15 percent were targeted at iPad and 57 percent at iPhone/iPod touch.