According to a new report from research firm VisionMobile, Android is the most popular mobile platform for developers, but iOS is the most profitable. Both of the big dogs had better watch out though. Windows Phone is the “new black.”
VisionMobile conducted a service of 6,000 mobile app developers from 115 different countries, the largest study of mobile developers so far, and found that 71 percent are making apps for Android, while only 56 percent are developing for iOS. In the same study, it was found that developers make an average of $5,200 per month in revenue from iOS and only $4,700 from Android.
Additionally, for developers who are building for only one operating system, they tend to pick iOS over Android by about 10 percent, even though Android-based phones sell more.
The report also shows that Windows Phone is a big up-and-comer in the mobile device industry. Approximately 35 percent of app developers are planning on making apps for Windows Phone in the third quarter of 2013.
That means both Android and iOS are in jeopardy of losing the top two spots. If Windows can generate that kind of interest, Apple and Google have to think of something to lure developers back to their folds.
Hopefully, this fall will prove to be a push in the right direction for Apple.