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Old 09-05-2012, 02:29 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I constantly hear that Apple has significantly more Apps than Android, especially the High Deffinition (HD) Apps, and am wondering what the hold up is with Android Apps?

How far behind is Android?

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Old 09-05-2012, 02:44 PM
 
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Because iOS apps generate something like 6 times as much revenue as Android apps. If you're selling an app for money, it makes sense to develop it for the store that brings in the most revenue.

That said, Android is very popular and seems to have all the major apps. I have no idea what "the HD Apps" are, so can't really comment on that.

I think the real question is does the platform have all the apps you want and does it get apps that are up and coming. The answer is yes for both Android and iOS (and even Windows Phone). Whether one store has more junk apps in it that you don't want than another store seems pretty irrelevant.
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I think the "app war" is almost over and largely irrelevant. Most new meaningful apps appear for both Apple and Android. Sometimes the Apple version is a bit better, but it is no longer an "available only on Apple" situation. Android has over 600,000 apps now. Thousands and thousands of apps on Android and Apple are complete garbage now. How many smartphone flashlights will the market support?

Apple's super-tight control and higher royalties may also cause many developers to shift slowly to favor Android (if slightly).
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Sometimes the Apple version is a bit better,
And sometimes the Android one is better.
Let's all work together and stop spreading myths.

The biggest difference my wife noticed after going from Android to iOS was the number of FREE apps. Apps that were free, albeit ad supported, on Android were not offered as freebies on iOS.
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:10 PM
 
Location: New York City
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I constantly hear that Apple has significantly more Apps than Android, especially the High Deffinition (HD) Apps, and am wondering what the hold up is with Android Apps?

How far behind is Android?
It's also related to Android fragmentation. Developers can write one app or iOS, optimize it for both iPhone and iPad if applicable, and call it a day. There are hundreds of different Android devices. Developers don't want to risk bad reviews (i.e., it doesn't work on X-Device and Y-Device) so they have to be more circumspect on what (and when) they release apps.
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Our IT guy told me Android has a lot more apps because anyone can write them. However many of the apps are dupicative. You may have 25 apps that do the same thing. Some better than others.

One thing is clear, Android has a lot more free apps.

Recenlty we all downloaded Geochaching apps onto our family phones. The Anrdoid one is useless. the Iphone one is ok. the best one is the one for the new windows phones my daughters have (Nokia something 900). That probably has the fewest apps, but so far, they have been able ot find everthing they wanted. They are not too upset about no fish identifier app avialable.
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Recenlty we all downloaded Geochaching apps onto our family phones. The Anrdoid one is useless.
Have you tried c:geo? I don't get out caching much anymore, but that app seems to have everything I need and works just fine.
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Our IT guy told me Android has a lot more apps because anyone can write them.
Huh? Don't get that. Anyone can write iOS apps, too. It doesn't require anything crazy to build for one or the other.

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However many of the apps are dupicative. You may have 25 apps that do the same thing. Some better than others.
Also true of both.
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Huh? Don't get that. Anyone can write iOS apps, too. It doesn't require anything crazy to build for one or the other.



Also true of both.
Yup - anyone can write iOS apps. The one major difference for a developer is that you must distribute your apps via Apple and iTunes. Your app must be approved by Apple. And if your app has a price, Apple takes 30% of the fee. Android also collected fees if the app is distributed via Google's Play store. But there are many places to get Android apps including Amazon.
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:07 AM
 
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Yup - anyone can write iOS apps. The one major difference for a developer is that you must distribute your apps via Apple and iTunes. Your app must be approved by Apple. And if your app has a price, Apple takes 30% of the fee. Android also collected fees if the app is distributed via Google's Play store. But there are many places to get Android apps including Amazon.
You also have to use a Mac to build and submit apps, there is a $99 annual fee to join the developer program, IIRC you have to test on physical hardware before approval, and you have to have your company listed with D&B if you register as a corporation.

If you want to develop apps that aren't appropriate for the app store (In house apps or LOB stuff that's meaningless to the general public), then it's $299 a year.

I'm not necessarily opposed to some of these things, but it adds hurdles to developing apps that don't exist to the same degrees on the Android and Windows Phone platforms.
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