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Android apps are quicker to write than iOS and Windows Phone apps

The battle over fragmentation has been won
Tue Jan 14 2014, 14:52
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MOBILE APP DEVELOPERS can create Android apps faster than for any other system, a recent report has revealed.

The statistics from Evans Data report that 41 percent of developers think that it's quickest to write apps for the Android mobile operating system, compared with 36 percent for iOS, and 34 percent for Windows Phone.

The bulk of that time is spent on testing and debugging processes on all mobile operating systems apart from Firefox OS and Tizen, for which the actual coding takes longest.

These figures from the bi-annual Evans Mobile Development Survey might come as a surprise, as traditionally it's easier to create universally compatible apps for iOS devices, which have fewer form factors.

However, in the case of tablets, 84 percent of survey respondents said that they target Android, compared with 62 percent for iOS, with 72 percent saying that they emulate screen sizes during the testing process. 

Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data said, "Targeting multiple screen sizes is definitely the way to go. The benefit of having your app run across the gamut of device types is obvious, and while there are difficulties in synchronization across device types, and in the range of graphics capabilities that are supported by different screens, the benefits still outweigh the effort."

Meanwhile in a separate report from Gartner, it has emerged that over 99 percent of apps will be considered financial failures, with the company suggesting that by 2017 the vast majority of apps will be free.

Both studies predict significant change in the apps market over the next few years and, as more of the digital native community reach employment age, the expectations of mobile device users seem to be, "Demand more. Pay less." µ

 

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