Description: There are too many operating systems, devices, and models for app developers to keep up. This diversified market makes the future of apps look more corporate than entrepreneurial.
Date: March 6, 2013
Even though there are more Android phones than iPhones in the United States, the number and variety of Android apps lags compared to Apple’s offerings. For instance, Android users had to wait a year before they got Instagram or Pinterest apps. New research helps explain why.
There’s got to be more to the story than the number of phones. Flurry, a mobile-app analytics firm, released a report this week that helps explain the problem, laying out the challenges app developers face. It also shows that Android apps are unlikely to catch up and that small developers coding for either device will get squeezed out of the market READ REST OF STORY
Questions for discussion:
1. Which operating systems or devices do you think would be most profitable for app developers to focus on?
2. How can app developers meet the needs of all users?