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Developers Prefer iOS over Android Reveals Study

A new report has revealed that in the second quarter of 2011, developers preferred working on iOS more than Google’s Android.

According to the data released by start-up Flurry, which provides developers application statistics, in the second quarter, developers worked on creating apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad while new projects for Android dropped significantly.

The study (opens in new tab) revealed that in the second quarter, 57 percent of new projects were for the iPhone, up from 54 percent in the first quarter.

The data also showed that in the second quarter 15 percent of the new projects were for the iPad, increase from 10 percent in the first quarter. However, developer interest in Android has taken a significant hit.

In the second quarter, 28 percent of new projects were based on the Android platform, a significant drop from 36 percent in the first quarter.

Flurry names two possible reasons for the drop in Android interest. First is the launch of iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless and the second was the launch of iPad 2.

“The development community is concerned about the rising cost of deploying across the Android installed base, due to the double whammy of OS and storefront fragmentation. With developers pinched on both sides of the revenue and cost equation, Google must tack aggressively at this stage of the race to ensure that Apple doesn’t continue to take its developer-support wind,” Flurry said.

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.