Is anyone making money on the Android platform? I’ve yet to hear “great news” from developers, but maybe they are keeping quiet because they don’t want competition. I doubt it.
I found this Venture Beat article Gameloft ditches Android interesting.
The Gameloft finance guy was brutally honest:
“We have significantly cut our investment in Android platform, just like … many others,” Gameloft finance director Alexandre de Rochefort said at an investor conference. “It is not as neatly done as on the iPhone. Google has not been very good to entice customers to actually buy products. On Android nobody is making significant revenue.”
Did you see the bus run over the little Android icon?!?
This brings up the following questions in my mind:
#1 Should you count Google out?
Guess in 5 years we’ll know the answer to that one.
#2 Who will be the first real alternative to the iPhone app store?
The iPhone is a great app platform. But there is always room for a few more. Someone step up!!!
#3 How many iPhone app developers are making real money?
There is so much competition and so many poorly created and marketed apps; I bet the % of starving app developers is quite high. All the more reason we need another app store.
I’m hoping in 2010 Google, Blackberry, or somebody steps up to the plate and creates yet another great app store.