Survey Finds Android Apps Developed Faster Than iSO or Windows

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13th February 2014 10:12 - Information Technology

According to findings from Evans Data’s newly released Mobile Development Survey - an in-depth worldwide survey of 464 developers actively developing apps for mobile devices. Two-fifths (41%) of developers said their typical Android app is finished in one month or less compared with 36% for iOS and 34% for Windows Phone.

The data suggests that, on all platforms, the largest part of the time is spent on testing and debugging except for Firefox and Tizen, where coding takes more time. Android developers also spend the most time on testing and debugging but spend proportionately more time than developers for other platforms on performance and UI optimisation.

Android, which surpassed iOS in Spring of 2011 as the top development target for Smartphones, is also targeted by more developers than any other operating system for tablets. Four-fifths (84%) of those targeting tablets target Android to three-fifths (62%) targeting iOS and half (52%) targeting windows.

Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data, said:

“Targeting multiple screen sizes is definitely the way to go… The benefit of having your app run across the gamut of device types is obvious, and while there are difficulties in synchronisation across device types, and in the range of graphics capabilities that are supported by different screens, the benefits still outweigh the effort."

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