Despite Google Android's long market-share rise against Apple iOS, developers
continued to stick with iOS as their first deployment target. While Android
offered superior volume, that volume was fragmented between different versions
of the OS and disparate hardware. Meanwhile, Apple offered better development
tools plus clearer, more profitable revenue options. Even open-source
developers tended to congregate on highly proprietary iOS.
Something changed in 2012, however, and Android-related open-source
According to new research from Black Duck Software, new Android-related mobile
open-source projects outstripped open source iOS projects by a factor of four
in 2012, growing by more than 96% each year since 2007. New iOS project
growth, on the other hand, was just 32% from 2011 to 2012.
Over 15,000 new Android mobile projects were launched in 2012, bringing the
total number of Android projects Black Duck tracks to more than 28,000. New
projects associated with the iOS platform numbered nearly 2,500 in 2012, with
a cumulative total of more than 7,000 projects. All other mobile platforms
accounted for fewer than 500 new projects in 2012, for a total of fewer than
2,000 projects over the 2007 - 2012 period.
To be clear, the bulk of developers ...