According to the latest Mobile Development Survey from Evans Data, it takes less time to develop Android apps than apps for either iOS or Windows Phone. The worldwide survey gathered responses from 464 developers, and found 41 percent of developers typically finish their Android apps in one month or less. That’s compared to 36 percent for iOS and 34 percent for Windows Phone.
According to developers, the most time in the development cycle is spent on testing and debugging applications. Exceptions to this are for apps for Firefox and Tizen, where app coding takes additional time. In addition, Android developers spend more time than other platform developers on performance and UI optimization.
Android tablets were also shown to be the top platform for tablet developers, with 84 percent of tablet app developers targeting Android tablets. This is compared to 62 percent for iOS and 52 percent for Windows. However, most developers target multiple platforms, as well as multiple screen sizes. Seventy-four percent of developers say they emulate screen sizes while testing their apps, while 72 percent say more than 25 percent of their apps are designed to work on multiple screen sizes.
“Targeting multiple screen sizes is definitely the way to go,” said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data. “The benefit of having your app run across the gamut of device types is obvious, and while there are difficulties in synchronization across device types, and in the range of graphics capabilities that are supported by different screens, the benefits still outweigh the effort.”
The full Mobile Development Survey can be found on the Evans Data website.