Who Likes Android, Who Doesn’t?

by Brook Lenox on December 18, 2009

androidIs 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.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Doug Hogg December 18, 2009 at 4:04 pm

I am with you. I think another great app store would provide competition which in turn would gives developers a choice. The app stores would then have a strong incentive to make the stores developer friendly. Personally, I think that Amazon has the best model to follow. The top-100 model is getting stale as it funnels customers to a small percentage of developers, leaving others struggling for market share. Apple’s keyword search is a step in the right diriection, but more needs to be done.
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Brook Lenox December 18, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Doug,

We can only wait and see who will take on Apple. Everyone seems to be fumbling around at the moment. Thanks for stopping by…seen lots of insightful comments by you on the Google group.

Best,
Brook

Brian W. February 8, 2010 at 8:03 pm

I have a ton of gripes about the Android Market, but I’ve been relatively happy with my results. I’m a moonlighting developer, and I’ve only managed a couple of decent-but-not-awesome apps with ad support. I’m not quitting my day job any time soon, but I am seeing revenue that makes an impact on my finances. I feel like there’s more room for a middle-tier app to get a moderate number of downloads on Android with no marketing budget, whereas on iPhone, if you’re not knocking it out of the park, you’re not going to get any traction at all.
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Brook Lenox February 12, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Brian…you make some good points.

Based on Admob’s recent Android data, I think many developers should again consider Android.

Best,
Brook

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