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Despite Android's greater share of the market, Apple's iOS continues to attract greater support from app developers:
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Next year february I will be upgrading my android phone to the iPhone!
 
That's a lot of fart sound apps for iOS.
 
I truly believe, as the article stated, "Android fragmentation contributes to the disparity" is the main cause of this.  Hopefully Google can work with all of the vendors and stabilize the OS to a central platform.
 
That's a good point +Phil Cooper .  ICS was supposed to remedy that and bring android app development into a single code base for all devices.  We are now 7 months into ICS release and it's user-base is still only 7% of ALL Android devices.  Not sure what is going on there, but surely it's got to make developers put android development in second place relative to IOS.
 
(facepalm)  I give up on you people. Fragmentation is a term spread around way too carelessly. There are plenty of Android developers who completely disagree and even believe that the slight inconveniences are worth the benefit.  These articles are nothing but link bait  
 
+Gabriel Walsh: ICS is at 7% because it's only recently that the new Android phones have ICS. Carriers and manufacturers are reluctant to release ICS system updates to older Android phones because they want people like myself to buy the latest and greatest Android phones.

I have a two-year-old Samsung Galaxy S Captivate. Neither Samsung nor my carrier will release an official ICS update. I'll wait until the Galaxy S3 comes out here in Canada before getting ICS. I already have ICS on my Asus Transformer tablet.
 
Exactly... there is very little ROI on dedicating a team to update an already aging phone. It only makes sense.  New ICS phones are being released in a pretty steady stream now.. you will see that number jump.  Will it jump to 90%? Nope.  But, in my mind it shouldn't have to
 
+Dan Buchal - no, unfortunately not - I just dabble at the moment.  I am just one who sees both sides of the coin.  I actually use both Android and Apple products, so I see and benefit from both products.  

I think Apple's dominance is due to one thing - a single manufacture using a standardized software and hardware platform. This nearly collapsed Apple in the 80's & 90's, but they bounced back.  

Android is great and I use it exclusively for my mobile platforms now.  It allows users to unlock the true potential of the phones hardware, etc....I do agree "fragmentation" is highly used, but some sort of standardization across the vass cellular/tablet platforms couldn't hurt Android's rise in the technology arena.   
 
There seem to be more than enough developers working on Android applications these days, so does it matter that more are working on iOS?  I can't really think of much that iOS has that I want for on Android...
 
I believe the fragmentation issue will diminish eventually.

Until recently, app developers have had to test their applications against popular phones. But, as we have more super hit apps, manufacturers will have to ensure that the popular apps work fine on their new phones since not being able to run (say) Angry Birds on their fancy new phones is the last thing they want.

As a result, there will be mutually agreed specification which both parties can rely to develop on.
 
I honestly believe by q2 2013 the percentages on that graph will start to be more like 50 50 and begin a new error of a preferred platform. After analysing a little you can clearly see that android in q1 of 2011 started on a relatively high percentage as developers flocked in to test the android platform but a lot have given up soon after but since then developers are gradually adopting it again. As Android as an operating system begins to improve with and rack up the market share the percentages started to come back up. With the Introduction of ICS it increased quite sharply by 5% and i see more developers adopting the Android platform when Google announces multiple NEXUS phones and tablets this IO. This will be another major step towards mitigating the so called fragmentation that is being coined about In such articles. 
 
Wait for Motorola and Google to unleash havoc on iOS and Apple Fanboys.
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