Why today’s tech companies still go iOS first

Sarah Perez, TechCrunch:

But perhaps most importantly is the fact that some number of Android owners aren’t downloading mobile applications at all. Google tacitly acknowledged this fact earlier this month, when it made a change to the way it measures Android version adoption on its Developers site. The company explained that, going forward, it would only show data reflecting those devices that had visited the Google Play Store.

And that’s the problem in a nutshell. A lot more people are buying Android phones, but they’re using them very differently than iPhone users. They’re less engaged than iPhone users are with the supporting ecosystem – and, in fact, many of them don’t care about downloading apps and thus supporting the very developers Google is trying to attract to the Android platform.



  • Geraldino

    “buying” is being overly generous. A large portions of Android devices (phones and tablets) are being given away for free on contracts or when purchasing other products.

    • Tvaddic

      In the US, around the world contracts aren’t as common.

      • Bruno Scheele

        More common than you might think. In Europe contracts are everywhere as well. The new lease-model is driving people to buying phones though.

    • http://www.about.me/jfmartin67 JF Martin

      There is a name for this: market dumping.