Dice: Android job listings now outnumber iPhone listings

Apple and Google

Apple and Google

Software developers looking to make the jump into mobile development may want to consider Android as their platform of choice. Job listings seeking Android developers on the popular online job board Dice.com now outnumber that of the iPhone. As of March 1st,  job listings for Android total 987, while those for iPhone developers trails slightly behind at 970. This is a flip-flop from a year ago when iOS outnumbered Google’s mobile OS 312 to 273. It is also more than a 3-fold increase in total job listings for mobile development as compared to 2010.

These numbers will continue to rise n 2011 with companies and recruiters reporting an increase in demand for mobile developers. This demand is not surprising when you consider the success of Android and iOS in the smartphone market. The two platforms are competing for market share, especially in the United States, and boast of the two largest mobile app stores. iOS has the lead in sheer numbers of applications, but Google’s mobile operating system is currently selling more handsets.

A Dice survey from late 2010 ask 283 recruiters about mobile development positions in the upcoming year. The results show that 72% of recruiters were hiring for iOS positions while 60% were hiring for Google’s platform. This number will grow, according to the survey, which suggests 57% of companies and recruiters surveyed plan to boost their mobile hiring in 2011. When you have the likes of Robert Scoble arguing over mobile platform development, then you know it is a good time to be a mobile developer.

[Via Businessweek, image from Flickr]

  • This is good news. I would hope that an open platform offers more in the end 🙂

  • Android’s getting better and more polished day by day – and really fast too! In the end I hope there’s a healthy competition between iOS and Android and webOS and WinMo … more competition = customers win!

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry, but the stats from Dice.com have to be one of the most blatant examples of skewed statistics trying to boost Android I’ve seen yet.

    These figures compared job ads for all Android tablets, smartphones and all other devices against job ads that only mentioned just the word “iPhone”. It didn’t include jobs mentioning “iPad” which is of course the main new iOS device and the one that is growing at the fastest rate. No jobs listed as being for iOS as a whole – you know the actual name of the operating system equivalent to Android?

    Not very useful data is it, but the usual quality we are starting to expect from those wishing to spin everything possible to boost Android.

    Also, despite this article being about developers and the whole Android platform, you only use iPhone numbers (and only in the USA at that) from Nielsen to “prove” how much more popular Android is. This is of course bunkum as iOS is much larger than just the iPhone and is far larger than Android in terms of installed base – you know the actual number of iOS devices out there that can run developer’s apps – and even in quarterly unit sales the race is neck and neck:

    *Unit Sales Q4 2010* (source: Canalys)
    – 32.7 million Android smartphones and tablets (tablets like the Galaxy tab and Dell streak were counted in these numbers because they all have cell phone hardware).
    – 33 million iOS devices (16 million iPhones, 10 million iPod touches, 7 million iPads)
    Note that Android numbers are inflated by inclusion of the Tapas and OMS forks of Android (which aren’t compatible with Android or running Google apps or services) running on millions of Chinese smartphones.

    *Installed base*
    – “There will be an installed base of 140 million Android portable devices, including smartphones and tablets, by the end of 2011” according to IMS Research.
    – iOS installed base (Dec 2010) = 160 million with the vast majority of those added in the last 2 years.
    With Apple shipping 33 million iOS devices in q4 2010, the projected iOS installed base will hit somewhere north of 250 million by the end of 2011 if current iOS sales rates stay the same. However, iOS sales rates have been doubling every year so this figure is enormously conservative.

    Of course, you fail to mention the fact that Android developers make nothing in comparison to iOS devs:

    *App Store Revenue 2009 – 2010*
    (source: IHS):
    – iOS App Store grew from $769 million to $1.782 billion = $1.013 billion increase
    – Android Marketplace grew from $11 million to $102 million = $91 million increase
    So annual Android developer income is a meagre 6% of iOS with an annual rate of increase only 9% as large as iOS. The gap between the two is 1,000% and getting far larger every year.

    And you fail to mention that iPhone users bring in up to twice the ad revenue as Android users:

    *Advertising income per user*
    (source: Mobclix)
    Mobclix’s Jan 2011 stats demonstrate that in the Advertising game, iPhone users are far more valuable than Android users.
    In the Games category, the average iPhone user brought in more than double the advertising revenue per month compared to the average Android user, a third more income in the entertainment category and 30% more in the utilities category.
    Even on Google’s home turf – advertising – iOS beats Android.

    Developers would be

    -Mart

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry, but the stats from Dice.com have to be one of the most blatant examples of skewed statistics trying to boost Android I’ve seen yet.

    These figures compared job ads for all Android tablets, smartphones and all other devices against job ads that only mentioned just the word “iPhone”. It didn’t include jobs mentioning “iPad” which is of course the main new iOS device and the one that is growing at the fastest rate. No jobs listed as being for iOS as a whole – you know the actual name of the operating system equivalent to Android?

    Not very useful data is it, but the usual quality we are starting to expect from those wishing to spin everything possible to boost Android.

    Also, despite this article being about developers and the whole Android platform, you only use iPhone numbers (and only in the USA at that) from Nielsen to “prove” how much more popular Android is. This is of course bunkum as iOS is much larger than just the iPhone and is far larger than Android in terms of installed base – you know the actual number of iOS devices out there that can run developer’s apps – and even in quarterly unit sales the race is neck and neck:

    *Unit Sales Q4 2010* (source: Canalys)
    – 32.7 million Android smartphones and tablets (tablets like the Galaxy tab and Dell streak were counted in these numbers because they all have cell phone hardware).
    – 33 million iOS devices (16 million iPhones, 10 million iPod touches, 7 million iPads)
    Note that Android numbers are inflated by inclusion of the Tapas and OMS forks of Android (which aren’t compatible with Android or running Google apps or services) running on millions of Chinese smartphones.

    *Installed base*
    – “There will be an installed base of 140 million Android portable devices, including smartphones and tablets, by the end of 2011” according to IMS Research.
    – iOS installed base (Dec 2010) = 160 million with the vast majority of those added in the last 2 years.
    With Apple shipping 33 million iOS devices in q4 2010, the projected iOS installed base will hit somewhere north of 250 million by the end of 2011 if current iOS sales rates stay the same. However, iOS sales rates have been doubling every year so this figure is enormously conservative.

    Of course, you fail to mention the fact that Android developers make nothing in comparison to iOS devs:

    *App Store Revenue 2009 – 2010*
    (source: IHS):
    – iOS App Store grew from $769 million to $1.782 billion = $1.013 billion increase
    – Android Marketplace grew from $11 million to $102 million = $91 million increase
    So annual Android developer income is a meagre 6% of iOS with an annual rate of increase only 9% as large as iOS. The gap between the two is 1,000% and getting far larger every year.

    And you fail to mention that iPhone users bring in up to twice the ad revenue as Android users:

    *Advertising income per user*
    (source: Mobclix)
    Mobclix’s Jan 2011 stats demonstrate that in the Advertising game, iPhone users are far more valuable than Android users.
    In the Games category, the average iPhone user brought in more than double the advertising revenue per month compared to the average Android user, a third more income in the entertainment category and 30% more in the utilities category.
    Even on Google’s home turf – advertising – iOS beats Android.

    Developers would be

    -Mart

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