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March 04, 2013

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My point is simply that revenue share and not download share will likely continue to determine developet prefences . Why should developers switch to an Android -first strategy when the money is elsewhere?

ABI stated that Apple would have 75% of tablet market for apps. So what's contradictory? When 75% of smartphone are Android based, having a 58% share for App is more than feasible.

Since ABI estimated last November that "they believe" Android developers' share of the annual app revenue is "around one-third" of the total, then it is unclear why they now predict developers will pursue a Android-first strategy by the end of the year. That would imply a massive increase in Android-generated income, sufficient to overcome the current iOS-first strategy.

But is that realistic, particularly in light of the continuing strength of the iPad, whose apps can be sold for a premium? And in light of the fact that the fastest growing Android geographical regions are likely in the less developed parts of the world, whose new users are less valuable to developers?
In sum, I do not find the ABI faith in Android's growing financial allure all that plausible

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