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Infographic: Android Application Developers Get Asked the Tough Questions

There is a new infographic on the block that sheds some light on the world of Android application developers. From all over the world, developers contributed to this questionnaire and the results have been published in this graph that has been put up by Startapp. There’s a breakdown of how many of them are independent devs versus being employed by a company, which types of applications are the most popular to develop, and even which device manufacturer they prefer to own (Spoiler alert: It’s Samsung). It is a pretty insightful graph, seeing as how many developers are somewhat faceless yet extremely popular in this community.

Via: Startapp

  • Br_d

    Hmm, I’ve never heard of Slideme before. I just got Cut the Rope Experiments for free. I don’t think that’s on the play store. Is this legal?

  • jldleo

    This is to S_T_R. You are absolutely correct and I never said it did. My post was to his response to Motorola only being at 5% as the choice of mobile device the developers own. And without a doubt its at a mere 5% because the bootloader is locked down weather the developer is working on apps or roms.

  • iPhone is not a brand.  It’s called Crapple.  Goshhh


    cool, hope to be part of that somday.. 🙂

  • RBI411

     There are a whole lot of stores that I never knew existed.

    • S_T_R

      GetJar was the original mobile app store. It sold or provided a lot of J2ME apps for feature phones.

  • Kayjay45

    I’m surprised rap is put in other like its a minorty

    • S_T_R

      Well…when the best selling rapper is f’ing horrible, f’ing Drake, it’s clearly not a good time for hip hop.

      • ABerry5

        pop is pop in any music genre.. I’m sure you don’t listen to what they put on the radio waves on repeat.. rap fans don’t either

    • ABerry5

      seriously.. It’s funny when I was in high school all the kiddies listened to music talking about drugs.. it’s now progressed to the kiddies listening to music made for when you are on drugs

      I kinda like the rave crap, but it’s still rap for me

  • 40% of commenters have less than 80% comprehension skills.  😛

    • Those seem like really generous numbers.

      • triumphtriple

        as in too low…

        • Too high, I peg my own comprehension in the ballpark of 15%-35% depending on the time of day.

  • Binglut9

    I like this info graph its a good idea nice to see visually especially since most headlines for these kind of things are how devs hate developing for Android blah blah blah

  • El Big CHRIS

    66% for other than the playstore. And oh Motorola hah at 5%!

    • David Parrella

      It means besides just Play Store, what do you use, not 66% of people don’t use the play store.

    • jldleo

      Considering Samsung is the current manufacture of the Gnex it shouldn’t be a surprise that they are number #1 nor should it be a surprise that Motorola is at 5% considering there stance on Bootloaders

      • Diablo81588

        Lol the gnex does not have the most sales on Verizon, regardless of what you fanboys might think. The s2 has made Samsung number one. Also this is globally, not just in the us.

        • jldleo

          From your reply I’m beginning to wonder if you can read.. I never said the gnex had the most sales on Verizon, Nor did I infer that the gnex made Samsung number one. The question that was asked of the DEVELPOERS was what brand of mobile device do you own? The answers are in no way a reflection of the general population but rather a small segment of the global tech world. So get your panties out of a bunch.

          • Diablo81588

            Your confusing app developers with ROM developers. Why would app developers care about locked bootloaders? This is specifically what you were implying when you assumed they would choose the nexus over moto phones. Also, most if not all Samsung phones have their bootloaders unlocked so why “shouldn’t it be a surprise that they are number 1” just because they’re the nexus manufacturer? Go troll elsewhere.

          • Tim242

            You are the one that doesn’t get it. The Nexus phones are called developer phones for a reason. They are used to create and test new apps. Locked bootloaders absolutely affect that. Again, Nexus = developer phone.

          • Noyfb

            The nexus is a tool for developing apps, it allows you to see real time data on how applications work from gpu rendering, cpu usage, animation scale, pointer location, screen updates, etc, etc, etc….. there is a whole settings page in settings for developer options.

      • Azndan4

        Motorola sucks

      • S_T_R

        Umm…boot loaders have nothing to do with app development. ROM developers are the ones that care about boot loaders.

  • 4% of developers favorite movies are musicals? Really?

    • wait.. are you shocked that it’s that low or that high?

    • Jacob121791

      Them gosh dang Canadians……

  • Also, with the sport preference question why do they include “Other”? These people were obviously all referring to BattleBots.

    • Binglut9

      Or hockey!

      • feztheforeigner

        Only Canadians enjoy hockey… :p

        • droidman101

          Russians too.

        • triumphtriple

          Don’t forget about Detroit! 

        • Cmonnats23

           And people from Northern VA? Go caps? 😀

          • Mack

            Caps won tonight!!!!!

    • Disc golf or golf

  • Am I the only one to be confused by the fact the 62% of Android app developers develop apps for Android?

    • J RIDD

      I think 62% of them only develop for Android. The others cross OS’s. Th e percentages do not add up to 100. 

    • N12X93R

      The survey was open to all developers. It only sheds light on the Android developers because they are a huge part of it and this is an Android forum site. The percentages do not add to 100%; therefore, it can be assumed that the question did not limit a developer to one particular platform. 62% of the developers develop apps for Android while 32% of them develop for iPhone. You may infer that a smaller percentage develop for both Android and Apple and an even smaller for all platforms.

      • marcusmaximus04

        On the top of the graphic it says “Android App Developer Survey”. I suppose it still could have been open to others, but the point was clearly to get android app developer opinions.

  • RedPandaAlex

    If this is an Android developer survey, how come only 62 percent of them develop for Android?

    • David Parrella

      It means only android.

    • I thought of it as 62% only develop for android, also 32% have no apps published so maybe they did not count toward that.

    • GQGK

      I saw it as your primary development os. I develop primarily for android, but make iOS apps as well. therefore I could participate in a survey for iOS developers.