Yesterday Flurry Analytics released a new report that examines the developer interest in iOS and Android, they did this by measuring the downloads of Flurry’s tools for integrating analytics into apps.
Flurry Analytics found that more than 18,000 developers downloaded the SDK tool during the first quarter of 2012, what’s more interesting is that iOS continues to hold a substantial lead over Android with 69% of those downloads being for iOS. As you can see below of 10 apps developed almost 7 of these are for iOS.
According to Flurry one of the reason why Apple dominates the developer market is the immense popularity of the iPad, with Flurry’s numbers showing that the iPad accounted for 88% of all user sessions on tablets during the first five months of 2012. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab placed second with just 9% of the market with Amazon’s Kindle Fire representing 3%.
Another reason why Apple might be the preferred platform lies in the revenue generation, according to Flurry ”for every dollar of revenue per active user generated on iOS, a developer can only expect to earn 24 cents on Android.” In short, Android delivers less gain and more pain than iOS, which is most likely the key reason 7 out of every 10 apps built in the new economy are for iOS instead of Android.