Android has proved its leadership in terms of the number of devices running on this OS. As of an IDC’s second-quarter report, Android is running in 87.7 percent of smartphones globally. Google Play Store has more than 2.4 million apps, according to Statista.com. These numbers suggest that Android, without any doubt, leads the global market place of a smartphone.
But does this apply to the app development market too? Yes, it does. As of the latest figures by Evans Data, the total number of app developers has reached over 12 million and the market is driven by none other than Android. We have 5.9 million Android application development professionals in comparison to 2.8 million iOS developers who first target these platforms.
As of Evens Data’s first report for the same cause, there were only two million software developers to target mobile devices in 2006. But things have now completely changed and the latest data recordings from the research firm suggest that there has been a five-fold increase in the number of developers only in a period a decade. And as figures put forward, we have more software engineers for Android application development than other technologies.
In the last 10 years, the landscape of building software has dramatically shifted towards mobile devices. Now businesses put mobility in the center of their whole IT tool development & implementation strategy. Mobile app development is turning out to be ubiquitous with more and more businesses — regardless of their sizes and sorts — adopting the ‘mobile-first’ strategies by launching new mobile app software solutions or optimizing/customizing the existing legacy software infrastructure to mobile platforms. The research firm expects the number of mobile app developers alone will cross more than 14 million by 2020.
This is a clear indication that Android, as a target platform, is turning out to be a preferred choice of businesses to launch apps. The more there is a demand for the Android app, the more developers are turning out to be Android developers.
Google’s platform is the preferred choice of developers in many Asia-Pacific countries. More than 2.2 million developers in the Asia-Pacific region build for Android as a target platform in comparison to 500,000 developers for iOS. India, in this whole scenario, leads the world of software development. There are many developers who are professionally engaged in building Android apps. Google too has its key focus on Indian developers and the company has plans to partner with more than 30 universities in India to officially launch Android app development programs as the part of the course