July 27, 2012

Dear MG, Schmidt Wasn't Wrong, He Was Just Off By A Few Months

I'll make this quick. 7.5 months ago Google's ex-CEO Eric Schmidt made a comment stating that in 6 months most apps will come out on Android and iOS at the same time or on Android first. A month ago TechCrunch's MG Siegler wrote "Na-na-na-na-na, you were wrong, Eric Schmidt. Six months have passed and developers still favor iOS." And now that another month has passed the picture is a lot more clear. Eric Schmidt wasn't wrong. His timing was just a little off.

A research firm Chitika is reporting that the interest in iOS and Android development has equalized. Apple has just released the third Beta of iOS 6 and Google has just released the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean code. Within their first 24-hours the two mobile operating systems got nearly the same amount of downloads.

Historically, developers have shown a lot more interest in iOS than Android. But it seems the gap has closed. And if the pattern is to continue, then within the next few months, there will actually be more interest in developing apps for Android than for iOS.