Results and Comments

Over 340 Android Developer participated in our survey!

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98% of you are probably male From 24-40 years old (on average 32 years old) 10 years experience on programming Over 1 year experience with developing for Android Developed 2 Android Apps 69% have a bachelor degree or higher

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To which genre does your LAST app belong?
30,0 25,0
20,0

24,4%

15,0 10,0 5,0 ,0 4,8%

13,4% 10,0%

7,9% 5,8% 3,1%
1,0% ,3%

6,9%

4,8% 1,4%
2,7% 2,7%

4,5%

,7%

,7%

1,4%

2,1% ,3%

1,0%

Developing is fun
50%

36%

12%

1%

Strongly Agree

Agree

Agree Somewhat

Undecided

I needed the app for myself
31%
27%

21%

7%

6%

6% 2%

Strongly Agree

Agree

Agree Somewhat

Undecided

Disagree Somewhat

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

I personally feel attached to the Android platform
31%

24% 22%

11%

7% 4%
1%

Strongly Agree

Agree

Agree Somewhat

Undecided

Disagree Somewhat

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

developing apps gives me status in the developer community
26%

26%

23%

6%

7%

7%

6%

Strongly Agree

Agree

Agree Somewhat

Undecided

Disagree Somewhat

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

I am motivated by the money I can earn by developing apps
23% 18% 23%

11%

9%

9% 6%

Strongly Agree

Agree

Agree Somewhat

Undecided

Disagree Somewhat

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

it increases my opportunities for a better job
28% 25% 20% 15%

4%

5%

3%

Strongly Agree

Agree

Agree Somewhat

Undecided

Disagree Somewhat

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

It‘s important to have a broad access to the sourcecode and documentation
43%

31%

19%

3%

3%

1%

Strongly Agree

Agree

Agree Somewhat

Undecided

Disagree Somewhat

Disagree

I share my knowledge with other members of the community
30%
27%

18%
12% 6% 6%

Strongly Agree

Agree

Agree Somewhat

Undecided

Disagree Somewhat

Disagree

The quality of my app is above the average of comparable apps.
30%
24%

20% 14%

6%

4%

Strongly Agree

Agree

Agree Somewhat

Undecided

Disagree Somewhat

Disagree

I spend a reasonable amount of time and/or money to conceptualize the features of my Android app.
25%

27%

15%
12%

12%
6%

Strongly Agree

Agree

Agree Somewhat

Undecided

Disagree Somewhat

Disagree

I develop Android apps primarily as...
42%

25%

15%

10% 5%
3%

Paid programmer

Freelancer

Entrepreneur

Hobby programmer

Student

Other

I decided to develop my app for Android because comparable apps did not exist
23% 25%

12%

11%

12% 10%

7%

Strongly Agree

Agree

Agree somewhat

Undecided

Disagree Somewhat

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

I decided to develop my app for Android because end users are willing to pay for apps
19% 17%

15% 10%

15%

15%

9%

Strongly Agree

Agree

Agree somewhat

Undecided

Disagree Somewhat

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

I decided to develop my app for Android because the platform extend its market-share
29%

20% 16%

21%

5%

7% 1%

Strongly Agree

Agree

Agree somewhat

Undecided

Disagree Somewhat

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

“Biggest problem for selling apps is that the option for paid apps is only available for some countries, e.g. not Switzerland. The Android API for e.g. the camera and media is too fragmented and incomplete.” “Android market tools for developers it's so shabby, we need statistics for example :)“ “Android market has a long way to grow.” “There are very poor way to broadcast my apps. Android Market is advatage system for unstable frequent updating developers than some stable relese ones. They are earn download count by frequency update. It is not open uninstall reason. SHould have to open it for developes to increase motivation and quality improvement.“

“I think there are a few things I would like seen to get fixed. Like some features do not work across all plaforms of android
phones. ? Such as the setting up of proxy fuction. the code is there to set it up but some phones like nexus ignore the settings?“

“Developing software for the Android platform is easier than developing for other mobile platforms ( iPhone, backberry, etc.) The cost for development tools is free, the technology is open and standard (java + eclipse).“

“One of the biggest reasons I develop for android is because of its flexibility and exposure to the devices it runs on. Given the permission a developer can access nearly all the functionality of the device as well as tune it to work on a wide range of de vices with reasonable effort. For instance you can start an app on a phone but scale it down to work on an eReader for instance or even a media player.“

“I think there are a few things I would like seen to get fixed. Like some features do not work across all plaforms of android
phones. ? Such as the setting up of proxy fuction. the code is there to set it up but some phones like nexus ignore the settings?“

“Developing software for the Android platform is easier than developing for other mobile platforms ( iPhone, backberry, etc.) The cost for development tools is free, the technology is open and standard (java + eclipse).“

“One of the biggest reasons I develop for android is because of its flexibility and exposure to the devices it runs on. Given the permission a developer can access nearly all the functionality of the device as well as tune it to work on a wide range of de vices with reasonable effort. For instance you can start an app on a phone but scale it down to work on an eReader for instance or even a media player.“

“In Switzerland developers are still not allowed to sell applications from the Market. It's why I only focussed on "hobby" develppement for now.”

“I hope Android Market and Developer Console are getting better.”

“These handy and very personal computers, that also happen to be telephones and have a suite of useful sensors, add up to a little bit more than the sum of their parts. I mean this for me technically but also for the non-technical purchasers of these devices whom I speak with on every opportunity. There is something extra about them, something right, for me the producer and for everyone I speak to when I see them using one.”

“The biggest problem that android has is the lack of marketing vis a vis iPhone. Companies using the android platform have
done little to promote apps. Also Googles insistence of not providing an app store listing all apps available like Apple reduces

opportunities for sales. Needs to be fixed.“

„Android is awesome!“ „The low quality of the market interface as well as the lack of any sort of demographics are the only real downsides to developing for Android.“ “The low quality of the market interface as well as the lack of any sort of demographics are the only real downsides to developing for Android.“
“Google-API changes in detail with every new SDK (exaggerated) :-(“

“Google should allow the sale of paid apps in Brazil ... not available yet ...“ “I feel that there should be pieces of code of sample for using the API in the android SDK documentation.“ “I suggest you the strong need for the possibility for buying and selling apps in countries where it is not currently possible (e.g. Norway)“

“I create primarily iPhone apps. With the success of this app (CORE) on the iPhone i thought I would have similar results with the same app on the Android platform, but not even close. The android version has even more features then the iPhone, sells for 25% less, and has less then 1/20th of the sales that the iPhone version. Several things could be the case. These are medical apps (I am a doctor) and the use of iPhones in the medical community i believe has a significantly larger market share than other smart phones. So although the android marketshare overall may be growing, in the medical community this may not be the case. Also the price may deter some people, but even at 30$ it is still $10 cheaper then the iPhone version. The content is definitely worth that if not more, as iPhone downloads would attest to. It's difficult to think it is the quality of the app because it is highly rated in the iPhone app store and over last 7 months has had consistent daily sales. The android version has yet to reach double digit
sales in almost 45 days since it's release, a number that the iPhone version could reach in 1 good day or at worse 1 week. This

makes me think twice about the time and effort required to port other apps to Android. At this time I'm not seeing it as a worthwhile investment. Additionally the variability in hardware, version, and user error magnified with this, it has definitely been a challenge to keep the app ‘bug-free’“ “Google REALLY needs to do something to stop piracy- IF they told us more information during google checkout (I.E. - google account identifier) we could lock the programs to only operate on certain phones... Right now my apps have been stolen and placed on a pirate site for $10 - "unlimited downloads of any paid app"- It's BS, Google needs to protect us for that 30%!!!!!!!!!! I have stopped writing apps because of this!!!!!“

„Android platform is easy to make any app what I want to make.“ “I am currently working on the first of hopefully many games, and hope to have that available in the coming months. You can't go wrong working with a company like Google.“ “The google android market should be more open to our developers.” “[I'm in Thailand] Two things. 1. Numerous reports that my app (9420 Thai Keyboard) is "search-not-found". I would have been very upset if this is my channel for making money... 2. I hope Google will soon provide the way I can "sell" my Android app. It's really tempting for me to join "other" mobile market where they allow me to sell my app. The rest, Google is doing a good job positioning as "platform". All Android tools are 100% freeware. It is a good starting of the beautiful relationship!!!“ „ In Portugal we don't have a paid market.”

“Android Market is worst application market ever!”

“Nach den zuletzt genannten Fragen zu meiner ursprünglichen Motivation für die Android-Entwicklung, fehlt meiner Ansicht nach die Abfrage danach, ob die Erwartungen erfüllt wurden. Zumindest in meinem Fall ist das nämlich nur bedingt geschehen, weil sich Android-Anwendungen nahezu nicht verkaufen lassen. Aus diesem Grund werde ich jetzt doch im Richtung iPhone/iPad wechseln, obwohl ich das von Anfang an ablehnte.“

„The documentation and tutorials on the Android dev site are really bad & contain loads of errors.”

“I created my app because I wanted to use it. All the other benefits of publishing an app on the android market are just bonuses.“

“I created my app because I wanted to use it. All the other benefits of publishing an app on the android market are just bonuses.“ “Lack of decent copy protection coupled with piracy is a deterrent for developers. Lack of mechanism for 2 way dialogue between users and developers is very frustrating. Unable to easily respond to comments in Market hurts developers.“ “You should not view Android in isolation. I also do iPhone apps. Others I know also do Blackberry apps. The mobile landscape is
very fragmented, but iPhone and Android are leading the way to a new model for user experience and developer experience.“

“The 70/30 % rev share should be reduced to 10%. Most developers can't make a living from their app. Google takes 30%, and tax takes 30 to 40%. Only 40-50% left for the developer. RIM only takes 20%. Apple also takes 30%. Amazon takes 10% or less from their merchants. Android developers are contributing with billions of dollars of value to Google for little or no return. It seems like exploitation.“

“The biggest problem of Android Market for me is a better communication tool with the users and buyers of your application.“ “was a bit difficult to answer, because I develop Android apps as a Hobby and at Work“ “The android platform has many extensions besides phones. Printers, tablets, microwaves are some of the other applications of where hardware manufacturers are putting Android. And a Swedish company just announced plans for an Android based
television. This is all very important for developers because we don't have to develop just for phones. There are many other

applications.” “I love android.“

„the 70% revenue question is confusing. Consider rewriting it. Is it fair that Google gets 30 cents + 2.9% of the app. The value of creating the market is amazing. I agree that it is fair. I believe I am unusual as a developer, in that I am a 45 year old that is a VP of Marketing of a large company. I am an engineer by training, yet have never developed commercial software. My joy in developing applicatoins for Android is that I am in control of the what gets developed. At a large corporation, even though I am an officer and VP, I don't always have the control of what gets done. Whit Android Apps as and independent software
developer, I do. Ah the joy to implement my ideas!“

„I'm quite young to be a top 20 Android paid app developer. It will help pay for my college tuition. The success of my application, which requires "root" access (a hacked phone), shows that there is a huge audience of Android enthusiasts capable of tweaking their devices on the market. It shows the size of the Android enthusiast and developer community. I continue to actively develop SetCPU as I move on to other projects as well. Good survey!“

Good idea . As I'm only starting out with experimenting with different apps to see how revenue works out I don't know if Im

right for the survey. none of the apps I have made I would consider amazing works but they have let me experiment and from that I hope to put out better /far more useful ;-) Apps in the future .Unlike in the iphone were I have one stafff (paid ) member who takes literally 10 times longer for each app. I just help out for fun and make an app in 3 -4 hours (including video editing and photoshopping icons) while he is spending 30 plus hours and He uses my video and photoshop work in his iphone version . Sadly the iphone version makes 200 euro while mine makes nothing ;-( . But eventually we'll come up with a that million euro idea.“
“I believe motivations may vary greatly depending on application (at least this is my case). It may be interesting to gather data

on one or two other apps too.“ “Hi, I am a big fan of Andriod but they really need to sort out a proper online store where people can search for apps and buy then download them. All this mucking around trying to search for something via a phone is pointless and frustrating, especially when you compare how simple and staightforward Apple have made it. Come on Google, now is the time to sort this out, 50,000,000 phones and 55,000 apps and we are still sodding around with software on the phone that still cannot display the app pictures.”

“The problem of availibility of selling Paid applications (http://market.android.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=150324) was not covered. it's a problem one cannot sale application from Poland in my example, but from many manycountries it's not possible.“ “I developed my LAST app for my own education, so i could learn SDK functions for my NEXT app.“ “As a newbie to Android, my last app (and first app) was more about testing the entire 'release to market' process. Also, the re was the thrill of seeing other people download your first app. In the survey, I wonder whether it would also be interesting t o see for which sectors long term developers are coming from. As for myself, I come from a long history of website development.“

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