Developer interest is crucial to an ecosystem’s survival. From the consumer end, it means getting Angry Birds and Tiny Wings first. But, perhaps more important to a company’s bottom line, is app development for the enterprise market. It’s there where boys are separated from the men. And where Apple is handily brushing Android aside.
From a pool of 3,500 developers, Appcelerator on Tuesday reported results in conjunction with analyst firm International Data Corporation. You’d think with Android devices owning the majority of today’s market there’d be a tight race. Not so.
According to Scott Ellison, vice president, Mobile and Connected Consumer Platforms at IDC, “Apple’s iOS took a dramatic lead over Google’s Android in the enterprise app space.” Ellison also said, “Android appears to be evolving more towards a consumer play.”
Apple currently holds a 16 percent lead in the enterprise space over Google’s Android operating system, IDC reported. Previously, data had the two “in a dead heat.” It comes down to Android malware, fragmentation and the overpowering adoption of the iPad that’s driving more iOS developer interest.
However, increased Android availability, particularly at lower price points, is allegedly outweighing the cons, meaning developer interest levels have stabilized.
Additionally, IDC’s report found that developers are looking forward to Windows 8 tablets, especially Microsoft’s revamped Metro UI. “Therefore, a key dynamic to watch going forward will be Microsoft’s opportunity to eclipse Android as the number 2 operating system priority for mobile enterprise app developers,” IDC said.