Yes there is, and if the ever increasing bell curve on the number of Android apps available on the store is an indicator, Android is here in a big way!
At the recent Google I/O conference the statistics were huge. Over 100,000,000 devices activated from 35 different manufacturers. There are around 310 different Android devices on the market and the number of new activations are approximately 400,000 a day globally.
How does this compare to the likes of Apple? Well we simply cannot compare iPhone sales to Samsung or HTC. Apple as the hardware manufacturer using proprietary iOS software means we aggregate every other Android device market position and THEN compare. The 2Q 2011 market share for Apple was 19.1%, compared to the total Android market (Samsung, HTC etc) exceeding 40%.
Certainly interesting numbers, and b2cloud as a developer should look logically at these and make the decision to dramatically ramp up our Android development capability.
Here is my problem. If I was to ask a sample of Android users to download an App, one of two things will happen. They either wouldn’t have a clue how to even begin this task, flicking around and trying to find an App Store. If they do eventually find it, watch the confusion as they navigate through the Android Market’s clunky design.
My second biggest issue is not only are Android pushing their store, but Telstra install their own apps by default on your device and there even alternate app stores like Handango and MobiHand to name a few. This is incredibly confusing for users and is simply an attempt by big companies to jump on the App bandwagon.
The Android market share is growing, their apps are multiplying…… but are users connecting with the Android App universe?