Android’s website advises that every day more than 550,000 new devices are activated globally, and earlier this month comScore reported that Android had captured the majority share of the US Smartphone Market with a 50.1% share of the audience. In second place with 30.2% was Apple, then RIM (13.4%), Microsoft (3.9%) and Symbian (1.5%).
We know that mobile devices are taking over, and what does the smartphone or tablet owner download (and sometimes purchase) to make their shiny, new, soon to be indispensable device all theirs? Why apps of course!
Applications help users stay informed of news events, capture notes, engage on social feeds, listen to music and be entertained with games; in Q3 2011 we downloaded over 2.4 billion apps to our Android devices. Whatever apps we download, they have all been made by a developer, either working alone or as part of a larger business.
StartApp were founded in late 2010 to help mobile app developers make revenue from free applications. As a mobile ad network specialising in monetisation and distribution for Android applications, they have seen their solution integrated by developers into 1,500 Android apps. They have just ran a survey specifically for these Android developers and below you can see the results from which brand of mobile device these experts own, to demographics and even preferred pastimes!
The bulk of these developers work independently, in one person companies and have Android App development as their main job. When it comes to the volume of apps developed, a chunky 32% are still in development but it’s good to see that 52% have developed between 6 to 9 apps.
Did you spot that 28% of the Android Developers who use StartApp’s platform would prefer to be outside, hiking or some other health conscious activity…I wasn’t expecting that. I did expect it to be a younger workforce and although I can’t see figures, it does appear as if the two largest age groups are 18-25 and 26-32 with 41+ year olds being very few.
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