Yes, I’ve done the deed, I have cheated on my Nexus 4. My lover is none other than my ex, the iphone. Why, because I’m fickle and I like to play with new things, in this case, apps. What I have noticed since using my Nexus or Android device is that most companies would first develop an app on the iphone. Being the bleeding edge person that I am, I can’t help but try these apps, that way I know if it will be a hit before it becomes mainstream and is why my iphone is still getting constant usage.
I can understand why developers would prefer the iphone as a first choice and here’s my reasoning:
1. Fragmentation - IOS 7 installed rate have reached over 80% of all ios devices which supports it, as for Android, it is left to the handset manufacture to decide, of course unless you have a Nexus device or Google play editions of phones. For a developer, this may become frustrating as it will involve more than coding to cover all versions of Android and screen resolution.
2. Monetisation – I don’t know why but I much prefer to spend money via the Apple App store than using Google Play store, maybe because it’s habit since I started with itunes to buy music for the past 8 or so years therefore I’m so used to the process. So as a developer, I will pick the platform which can make me the most money.
3. Security – Many might argue this but my point is that Apple have a tighter control over the App store, so as a consumer, I am more trusting to install an IOS app and knowing it will probably be safe. As a developer, this may have an opposite side since Apple have such a grip on the App store, there is a chance the app will get rejected.
So, my trusty iphone 4S is still getting plenty of love and with great new apps like “Paper” from Facebook, I don’t see it getting retired anytime soon. If the new iphone 6 that is coming out this year sports a bigger screen, I will seriously consider switching back.