Majority of Android Developers Aren’t Coming from Within Google

With the recent launch of iTunes App Store and the buzz about Android Developer Challenge,Ben Lorica at O’Reilly Radar did an interesting study based on statistics of thousand of mailing lists and the occurrences of mobile platform in the messages.

The results are quiet interesting. Linux-based platforms are more represented than iPhone and iTunes App Store, even if the growth of iPhone related messages have risen since the launch of Android.

But the most funny thing is that a majority of the “job proposals” for Android aren’t from Google. They are mostly from outside sources, as opposed to Apple who posted the majority of iPhone related job. I don’t doubt that by the official launch of the first Android Handset (by October, 1st?) that will radically change.

What do you think ?
Source :O’Reilly Radar

  • lordhong

    i dont get the point of this post… apple post their own iphone jobs???

  • Jason

    How long has the iPhoneSDK been available to developers? How long has Android?

  • @lordhong
    its about the number of jobs posted on maling lists, the iphone ones are in majority from Apple, besides that Android ones are not all from Google 😉

  • Andrew

    The point of the post is to get you to think about the openness of the different platforms and the stimulation of the economy and in the end how much choice you’ll have depending on the platform you pick.

    Granted android has been available longer than the iphone sdk, the iphone has been around longer than android. Apple just drug their feet on getting a sdk available.

    This basically means many companies outside of google are hiring developers to produce solutions. Also, it’s worth noting that not just anyone can get their application in apples app store. You have to meet Apple’s requirements.

  • lordhong

    I’ve seen quite a lot job posting for iPhone developers recently, versus very very few for Android, most of them research type.

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