If you're a gamer, here's why you should think twice before choosing Android -
App Developers Signal Apple Allegiance Ahead of WWDC and Google I/O
Ouch...This isn't an isolated finding, there are more studies and articles to consolidate the argument that Apple is better than Android for gaming (and apps in general).
- 7 out of 10 apps are built for iOS.
- 88% of tablet user sessions are logged on an iPad.
- Android fragmentation continues unabated with more than 20 different devices and 7 major OS versions.
- Supporting each device and version results in only marginal increases of market share for app developers - 17 of the top 20 devices have 6% or less market share.
- For every $1 a developer earns on iOS they can expect to earn only $0.24 on Android.
Moral of the story...if mobile games are important to you and you prefer Android, stick with the largest market share - Samsung Galaxy S II running Gingerbread, or subsequent generations of the Galaxy. Not only will you get the best Android device, you'll get the best software support. Seems obvious really, but just think about it before picking up a Motorola or HTC device.
Now if only someone would invent a decent Android tablet to compete with the iPad...
Asus has made a fine device housing impressive specs, but it's nowhere to be seen in the wild and there's sweet FA games to take advantage of the hardware.
Before you accuse me of trolling or hating on Android, I don't. We all have our justifications for choosing Android over Apple, or vise-versa. As a platform-agnostic gamer, the decision for me to go with Apple over Android was obvious - it's all about the games and I'll go where the most and the best are on offer.
Do mobile games or apps matter to you when buying a new smartphone, or is it all about the hardware and OS features?
For me, a phone is less of a gaming consideration than a tablet. I do 99% of my mobile gaming on an iPad and my smartphone needs are primarily office & productivity related rather than entertainment. Again Apple wins on that front...