There’s been plenty of noise from technology pundits about the problems with Apple’s iPhone App Store approval process, with a number of high profile developers leaving the platform. Supposedly, Google’s Android Marketplace has become the big iPhone app competitor. Or, not. Om Malik:
Skyhook Wireless, a Boston-based company that offers location-based information to businesses, recently polled 30 app developers and asked them about their experience with, and plans for, the Android platform.
There are roughly 10,000 apps available for the Android (all models) vs. over 100,000 apps available for the iPhone. iPhone sales are approaching 50-million vs. Android, which is approaching 1-million.
The biggest reason for disappointment is the low download numbers — about 90 percent of respondents say their apps have been downloaded fewer than 10,000 times. Nearly 57 percent of the total polled said they were not satisfied with their profits on Android, while 39 percent said somewhat satisfied. Only 4 percent said they were satisfied with the profits they have made off their Android apps.
Apple dominates smartphone apps in number, downloads, sales, and profits. Next year will be different, but not much.