Ever since Apple introduced the concept of smartphone to the world, iOS development has enjoyed a dominant position in mobile app markets globally. However Android’s meteoric rise in the recent years has seriously challenged this supremacy. Late last year, in one of their reports, Forrester Research predicted that the app development would be a whopping 38 billion dollars this year. As the year is all set to hit its seventh month, it seems nothing can be truer because with each passing day, the Android market is only gaining strength.
According to a study by International Data Corporation (IDC), the market share for Android was 78 percent in 2013 which reached an impressive 80.2 percent by the end of 2014. Its current market share now exceeds 85 percent. As far as Developer Mindshare (how developers perceive mobile platforms) is concerned, currently 71 percent of global mobile developers use Android’s platform to develop their applications. At 55 percent, iOS is playing second fiddle. On the other hand, HTML5 platform is rapidly emerging as a dark horse, with 37 percent of developers deciding to stick by this platform.
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