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WWDC dev poll claims strong Android support

updated 12:10 pm EDT, Mon June 13, 2011

Survey accuracy limited by size, history

An unusually large number of the developers at last week's WWDC in San Francisco may have been Android supporters, according to a survey conducted by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. Of 45 developers, 47 percent indicated that they were currently coding for Android alongside iOS. While everyone polled was developing for iOS, only 36 percent said they were coding for no other platforms. Android's popularity was followed by BlackBerry at 36 percent, Windows Phone at 13 percent, webOS at 7 percent and Symbian at 4 percent.

Within iOS circles, simultaneous Mac support has become relatively marginal. All of the people surveyed reported developing for the iPhone and iPod touch, and 93 percent said they were coding for the iPad. Just 7 percent said they were working on Mac software, although this may be expected given the group chosen for the poll. The figure compares against 50 percent for WWDC 2008, although just 20 iPhone/iPod developers were questioned at the time, the App Store was a month away, and the iPad had yet to exist.

Additional results from the 2011 group indicate that in terms of mobile platforms, 51 percent thought iOS had the greatest potential for future growth. Android sat at 40 percent, and Windows Phone registered a distant third at 9 percent. BlackBerry, webOS and Symbian didn't score.

Munster also questioned developers about their App Store complaints. "Other" in fact claimed the top position at 40 percent, but was followed by "Apple's strict limitations" at 38 percent. The approval process took 11 percent of votes, and no one complained about pricing.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. exca1ibur

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Cross platform web dev tools

    I'd assume this has to do with a lot of the web frameworks now pushing out code for both iOS and Android such as Phonegap, Appcelerator, MoSync, etc.

  1. DahlBryn

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Here We Go Again - Skewed Stats

    With 5200 attendees and a 45 sample rate does NOT give a statistically accurate picture.
    Every data analyst and statistician knows percentages are only relevant when sample
    rates are minimum 10% or higher when a total audience is less than 10,000.
    8% is needed for 11k-19k. 6% for 20k-25k, etc.

    That's 520 minimum respondents needed to give these statistics any meaning.
    Anything else is just skewed hear-say. ; )

  1. DahlBryn

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Here We Go Again - Skewed Stats

    With 5200 attendees and a 45 sample rate does NOT give
    a statistically accurate picture. Every data analyst and
    statistician knows percentages are only relevant when
    sample rates are minimum 10% or higher when a total
    audience is less than 10,000. 8% is needed for 11k-19k.
    6% for 20k-25k, etc.

    That's 520 minimum respondents needed to give these
    statistics any meaning. Anything else is just skewed hear-say. ; )

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -9

    Re: Here we go again

    And here we go again, another blast of numbers because it shows something that you don't agree with!

    So I guess we also need to discount his "100% found the iOS the best OS to develop for" as well, right.

  1. aussiearn

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Testudo

    Testudo, isn't that Spanish for TOOL!

  1. tfmeehan

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Re:Re: Here we go again

    No, here YOU go again.

    I don't know if he is correct but he was disputing the methodology. If you have a specific DEFENSE of the methodology or can reasonably dispute his contention then let's hear it.

    Otherwise your "fanboy" defense is old and intellectually weak.

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