While Android apps are still playing second fiddle to iOS apps in terms of development, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt believes that developers will start to focus on Android first before developing for iOS in the first half of next year.
Schmidt said that the release of Android 4.0 should reverse the trend where developers first look at iOS and then develop for Android later. “My prediction is that six months from now you’ll say the opposite,” he said in his presentation at the Le Web conference Friday.
Schmidt added that the huge volume of Android users is enough motivation for developers, which favours Android’s open-source model.
“Android 4.0 is expected to help developers just by letting them write for both phones and tablets with mostly similar expectations for each, much in the way iOS developers could support both iPhones and iPads since 2010. It further brings in a raft of new programming interfaces for developers to tap into the calendar, social information, and low-level media access that had previously been common only in iOS,” writes Electronista.
Charlie Fripp – Acting Online editor