Developers are eagerly awaiting the news that will come out of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) next week, and according to a new report, they're looking forward to it more than the Android updates likely to surface from the upcoming Google I/O event in late June, a report suggests.
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The ongoing battle between Apple and Google's mobile platforms is only going to heat up this month, but developers are more looking forward to seeing what's in store for iOS, according to the report from Flurry Analytics, which tracks over 36 billion end-user sessions across more than a 500 million devices each month.
The success of Apple and Google's mobile platforms is largely dependent on the innovation provided by the third-party developer community, noted Flurry VP of marketing Peter Farago in a blog post.
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"If the developer community embraces one platform over the other, developers will build the software that infinitely extends the value of the consumer experience, giving a platform a meaningful edge," Farago said. "The perceived availability of a large, steady stream of high quality apps is a key reason for consumers to initially choose an Android or iOS device, and then to remain loyal."
Farago said that one of the main reasons why developers are finding iOS so attractive is Apple's iPad dominance in the tablet market.
"Not only does Apple offer a large, homogenous smartphone base for which to build software, but also when developers build for smartphones, their apps run on Apple’s iPad tablets as well," he noted. "That's like getting two platforms for the price of one."
In addition, Android fragmentation for smartphones is making the development more complex and costly. See the chart below for a look at just how fragmented the Android market is right now.
What comes out of the two conferences may have a profound impact on the global economy, especially as Apple and Google combined share a market cap of about three quarters of a trillion dollars, the report said.
"Over the next two weeks, the momentum of two of the world’s most innovative, influential and prolific technology companies will be impacted by the reaction the development community to their conferences," Farago said. "And as developers watch Apple and Google, the world should watch developers."
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