Columbus geeks doing their mobile gaming on the iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch can expect the run of high-quality games to continue, as a study released yesterday reveals developers strongly prefer the iOS platform over Android, despite the latter's superior market share.
The gaming industry news site, Gamasutra, also reported on the study yesterday by Flurry Analytics.
New iOS dev projects outnumber Android nearly 3 to 1
The most surprising metric in the study is that new iOS development projects in 2011 outnumber new projects on the Android platform by a nearly 3 to 1 factor. The gap slightly narrowed in the fourth quarter of this year, but the iOS lead over Android is generally increasing over time.
Apparently, the continued market penetration of Android, combined with the impending release of Android 4.0, aren't making enough of a difference in mobile development shops.
One obvious reason for Apple's lead in new project starts is the higher earnings seen at the App Store by multi-platform developers. The Flurry study reports these companies earn nearly $1 from the App Store for every 0.24 earned at the Android Market.
The mobile malware scourge at the uncurated Android Market also plays a role in developers choosing iOS over Google, as well as continued problems with the fragmentation of the Android platform.
With Google recently announcing 10 billion downloads at the Android Market, there's little doubt both mobile platforms will continue to dominate mobile gaming, with the competition improving the quality for all Columbus gamers.
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