Unlike the iPhone apps, Android apps are not pure gold, as not that many people actually buys them. According to the recent Skyhook Wireless’ survey, Android developers are frustrated with multiple issues, including:
- 82% of those surveyed indicated that the design of the Android Market makes it difficult for apps to be noticed;
- 57% are not satisfied with the profits to date;
- 43% report that they would sell more apps if Android used a carrier billing or another simpler billing system (other than Google Checkout);
- Only 10% of Android developers are currently serving ads.
Finally, as we see Android evolving with the day, developers don’t like the idea of having multiple versions of the OS available for the users – 46% were certain this would make development more difficult.
James Grafton, developer of Android apps like Pic Swap and Get Me Home, said: “Rather than creating opportunity, platform divergence has just created further problems; we simply can’t afford to test across all Android phones. Because of these issues, we decided to take a step back from Android and reconsider our efforts.”
Should Google be worried? Before you answer, make sure to download the full report from here. (PDF)