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Developer interest in Android, W7 development growing at the expense of iOS according to new GetJar Poll

As Android grows, developer interest in alternative distribution also rockets!

We just concluded our latest App Meter developer poll here at GetJar and have some interesting stats to share with you.

To be upfront and clear, we surveyed 300 developers across our network in collaboration with several of our ecosystem partners including Inmobi, Urban Airship, Device Anywhere and SV Android Meet-up.  A big thanks to our partners for helping us with the outreach!

So what did we find?  Well first we found that although iOS development remains strong (80% currently developing for iPhone and 59% developing for iPad) that the Android army is catching on fast.  When we asked what developers were planning on developing for in the next six months vs. what they’re doing today here’s what we saw:

  • IOS:  Today 80% -> Six months from now 55.6%
  • Android: 51.2% Today -> 58% six months from now
  • IOS iPad: 59% Today -> 52% six months from now
  • Android Tablet: 20.5% Today -> 47% six months from now

So it seems that developers are really looking at Android tablets as the next possible area of opportunity.  Here’s some more detail on future development interest:

Another note of interest as well was the growing interest in Windows Phone.  Mango seems to be tickling developers pink with 24% of developers saying they’ll develop for OS compared to less then 9% today.  That’s still less then ½ of the interest in Android but given Windows’ small base it looks like there is some optimism for the Nokia / Windows alliance.  This was further strengthened by by over 70% of developers saying they think Windows Mobile will still be a viable platform in 5 years (Android / iOS scored over 98% here).

App distribution remains fairly concentrated today among a few app stores with Apple’s app store being the preferred method of reaching consumers with nearly 80% of developers surveyed using the App Store.  Less then 50% of developers claimed to be using Android Market (44.4%).  However, Android distribution looks set to rise with nearly 70% of developers saying they’ll distribute through Android Market in the next six months.  While Market seems to be the main beneficiary, interest in independent channels also seems to be on the rise in the Android ecosystem.  Interest in distributing on GetJar grew from 11% to 16% while interest in Amazon’s App Store increased 11% to 34%.

The Bad News

While things look rosy for Android and Windows with Apple looking to continue to dominate the landscape despite some drops, things didn’t look as rosy for some of the other ecosystems.

Symbians decline – as confirmed by Nokia’s plans to stop selling Symbian-based devices in the US this week – seems terminal with less then 7% of developers looking to develop on the platform in the next 6 months.  Equally, less then 20% of developers believe the platform will be around the next couple of years.

Blackberry still faces some challenges with less then 15% of developers interested in developing for the platform the next six months.  Less then 50% of developers believe Rims platform will survive the next 5 years.

Look for us to share more detailed charts/ results next week and in the meantime have a great weekend!

Patrick “Mad” Mork

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Say This Three Times Fast: Amazing, Adaptable Analytics Are Advantageous And Awesome

Even if your goal isn’t to make money with an app, analytics are an important part of development. They let you know how your app is doing, who is downloading it, and much, much more. GetJar has its own free, extensive analytics for developers with apps on our site, but we realize that it’s not always enough for people. About a year ago, Distimo started supporting the Google Android Market. Over time, they’ve added the BlackBerry App World, Nokia Ovi Store, Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, and the Apple Mac App Store. This made them the first cross-store analytics tool in the ecosystem. After many developer requests, the fine folks at Distimo have humbled us by adding GetJar to the club. They are covering our entire range of supported platforms including Android, Java, Symbian and BlackBerry.
Distimo, if you’re not familiar, has a developer focused product is Monitor. This free, cross-platform app store monitoring tool allows developers to track their daily download and revenue figures from all app stores in one convenient place. Not only can you see world-wide rankings, but you can also benchmark your apps against the competition, or the rest of the market. The goal of Monitor is to give developers one central point to track all the stats that are crucial in your app distribution. By adding GetJar, they’re making it easier to distribute your app in multiple Android stores, track what works, what doesn’t, and then decide what your best course of action is. Best of all, no code-insertion in your app is required. Go check them out today!

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Want to be the next GetJar+ title?

Since the launch of the GetJar+ program, we have been getting a lot of e-mails from developers and publishers stressing interest in wanting to know more and become involved in the program. For those who don’t know, GetJar+ is an exclusive app marketing package reserved for premium app publishers and GetJar partners. These premium applications are generally exclusives to GetJar for a limited basis or provide exclusive marketing activities to drive traffic to GetJar.

Some past GetJar+ partners include:


The Salvation Army



and Digital Chocolate

If you’re a publisher interested in the GetJar+ program feel free to download the following documents to get a better understanding of the program and to find out what the next step are.

GetJar+ Info

GetJar+ Submission Template

Angry Birds Case Study

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The Mobile Developer Journey

Cool chart showing the Mobile Developer Journey.  Click on it to see the source story!

The Mobile Developer Journey

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Recent Developer Presentations

Thanks to Matt Abdou, the CTO of Androidpreneur, for recording these three presentations.   If there is interest we will edit these to include our slides.

  • Patrick Mork, CMO at the Sprint Developer’s Conference
  • Bruce Jones, Developer Evangelist at the Android Meetup
  • Aaron Kasten, from AndroidSwag at the Android Meetup
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The Android Beanie

The Android Beanies started at the first Android BBQ in Austin, Texas and then moved to CTIA and the Sprint Developer’s Conference.  Next to GetJar, they are the hottest thing in Android.  They are available through

Jonghwa Kim (Samsung) and Bruce Jones (GetJar)

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