Developers Prefer Android Long-Term


ANDROIDADOTAS – Departing Nokia EVP Anssi Vanjoki raised many eyebrows when in the Financial Times he compared mobile phone-makers using Android to Finnish boys who pee in their pants for warmth. First people had to think about what that actually meant — it’s a distinctly Scandavian phrase suggesting that a short-term solution (“Ah, my pee is warm!”) could cause more problems in the long term (“Argh! My pee is frozen to my legs! [Sniff] Ew — why did I eat asparagus for breakfast?”).

In the future, Vanjoki should consider more Amurican idioms — e.g., “cutting off their noses to spite their faces” — to settle these translation woes. To pick up some good phrases, I suggest watching the drill sergeant scene from “Full Metal Jacket.”

However, according to new research by Appcelerator and IDC, most developers don’t share Vanjoki’s sentiments, saying long-term Android is a more strategic system than iOS. About 60% of the 2,363 Appcelerator‘ Titanium developers surveyed from Sept. 14 to 16 think Android has a better long-term outlook than iOS; about 35% said the opposite.

The same survey back in June recorded 54% in favor of Android and 40% on the iOS team, which means Apple’s stock with Titanium developers has actually dropped since the iPhone 4 launch. In particular, 72% of developers queried in September, said Android is “is best positioned to power a large number and variety of connected devices in the future,” vs. 25% who said the same for Apple.

But Apple still has much momentum on its side, as 91% those surveyed said they were interested in developing for the iPhone vs. 82% who were interested in developing for Android phones. Also, 74% of developers called iOS the “least fragmented,” vs. 11% who said the same about Android.

On a final positive note for Android, 62% of respondents expressed strong interest in developing for an Android-powered tablet — and the Samsung Galaxy Tablet will be hitting stores soon (but no one knows at what price). This enthusiasm is actually a bit stronger than the 58% of developers back in January who were trying not to pee themselves (due to excitement, though some may have wanted to keep warm too) over the soon-to-be-released iPad.


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