Google Android May Be An Asylum For Apple iPhone Application Developers

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Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) online Application store will be huge the company as investment bank, Piper Jaffray estimates that the store alone will increase Apple’s sales by $1.2 billion.  The only problem is that Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) is providing an outlet for the developers that get rejected by Apple’s Application store.

Since Google Android is more open, developers may turn to create applications for that platform instead.  The only way that Apple will be able to retain developer interest is through the sales and hype that is already integrated around Apple’s iPod Touch and iPhone. The hype is already there and it’s hard to take-away from it, but we haven’t even began to see what Google Android is capable of yet.  All we know is that Google Android has been delayed.

The reason for Android’s delay is most likely due to Apple’s iPhone 3G upcoming launch on July 11.  Google may need some additional time to strategize competive moves against Apple. Google Android will be touch screen and will include a new version of our favorite ghost eating pizza-shaped hero, Pac-Man.

Since Apple iPhone will only work on AT&T, they are limiting the number of consumers that would want their phones.  Google Android is making their product available across a plethora of telecommunication companies.  Which would you rather make an application for: AT&T or one that works with every other telecomm company?

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

Google Android May Be An Asylum For Apple iPhone Application Developers Comments

  1. KenC says:

    You raise lots of topics, that get no answer.
    1) Why do you call developers, “hackers”? They are not one and the same.
    2) How many developers are getting “rejected” by Apple’s App Store?
    3) How do you know that Apps for the iPhone are at all transferable to Android? Do Android phones have accelerometers?
    4) “more open”? You do realize that while the Android SDK may be “more open”, they are still subject to the whims of the cell carriers.
    5) “only way”? Honestly, you don’t think there are any other ways for Apple to “retain developer interest”?
    6) Since you don’t know what “Android is capable of”, how can you draw any conclusions?
    7) Do you really think the delay of Android is so Google can strategize? Why wouldn’t reports of a delay, point that out, that the software is ready, but Google is waiting to make any last strategic changes. And, why does Google need to wait for Apple? Apple has already announced the 3G iPhone and they’ve already released a SDK beta, and shown how apps and the app store will work. What will Google learn that they already don’t know?
    8) You do realize that “touch screen” is not the same as Apple’s “multitouch” interface, right?
    9) You do realize that every app for the Apple App Store will work on every iPhone, but that Apps for Android may not work on every Android phone, depending upon what features the phone offers and what cell carriers agree to offer, as gatekeepers to their network, right? You do realize that Microsoft offers their mobile OS on 10s of millions of cellphones, and there isn’t a killer app on any of them. Microsoft mobile apps for the Motorola Q are not the same as the apps for the Palm Treo. Each app has to be customized for each handset and carrier. Which would you rather make an application for?

  2. Amit Chowdhry says:

    I replaced the word “hackers” where they shouldn’t have been written.

    Here’s a list of iPhone developers rejected:

    Apple’s multitouch interface is cool, but many consumers are satisfied with just having a touch screen. The HTC Mogul was a healthy alternative to the first generation iPhone.

    One hacker even found a way for the HTC Mogul to look and act just like an iPhone.

  3. Zeke says:

    The phrase “just like an iPhone”, when used in an article touting other services and hardware, usually means that either the author is unfamiliar with actual iPhone operation, or believes his readers are. The iphone is not superior to other platforms because it has a touch screen. It’s not superior to other web browsing devices because it has maps and (soon) GPS. The iPhone experience can’t be duplicated by simply grafting features on to a piece of harware. It’s the total, seamless, intuitive, effortless integration of capabilities that makes the iPhone experience what it is. It’s the fact that the iPhone runs a full version of OS X, not a crippled “mobile” version, the fact that it anticipates what the user wants to do next. There is no “hype” around the iPhone. What you refer to as hype is simply the user experience described by those who’ve actually used the iPhone. “Hype” is the kind of statements that are being made by iPhone immitators, who point out their “me too”, wannabe features like “touch screen” knowing full well that the “feature” doesn’t even come close to being usable for anything productive. For instance, my corporate cell phone has GPRS, but it’s 6 menu layers down and takes 5 to 10 minutes to return a set of coordinates as text.

    As for those iTunes rejected applications that Google will then pick up and market, I hope they are a bit more useful than PacMan. If they’ve been rejected by Apple there’s probably a good reason why. I don’t buy “rejected” produce at the supermarket and I’m not interested in rejected applications for my iPhone.

  4. Amit Chowdhry says:

    I’m using the word hype loosely in the sense that a lot of Apple products sell due to word of mouth or smart marketing techniques. These marketing tactics “hype” up the products.

  5. Amit Chowdhry says:

    Let’s compare rejected applications to the growth of social networks, MySpace and Facebook.

    Before Facebook opened up their services to everyone, they were limiting their users to those who belonged to Tier 1 and Tier 2 schools.

    While they were doing this in 2003, all of the rejected users had to compromise and use MySpace and many of them ended up not switching to Facebook. This is one of the reasons why MySpace has millions of users more than Facebook. This is why MySpace has 118 million users and Facebook still has only roughly 36 million.

    Apple is to Facebook as Google Android is to MySpace.

  6. Darryl says:

    I’d have to agree with the 2 previous posters. You’re making assumptions based on products that haven’t shipped yet and therefore can’t have real knowledge about them or their real world performance. Your questions are also leading your readers to the conclusions that you wish for.

  7. Amit Chowdhry says:

    I’m not wishing for any conclusion, Darryl. I’m stirring a debate about having a controlled application environment versus an open application environment.

  8. Brandon says:

    TUAW is also making a point that Google Android’s delay is good for Apple.

  9. Darryl says:

    “Which would you rather make an application for: AT&T or one that works with every other telecomm company?”

    The question asked in this manner indicates a preference on your part. Presenting it in this manner sounds like you’re giving the reader a choice that is certainly negative in one direction, (the direction you oppose) And obviously wise in the other (the direction you support).
    Not attempting to chastise you Amit but, the question appears to seek the answer that you wish to get.

  10. Dan says:

    If developers valued openness as much as you say, there would be far more, and far better, apps for desktop Linux than there are for Windows (let alone Mac OS X). The truth is, developers will gravitate to the platform that gives them bang for their buck: a big user base to use and pay for their apps, and a powerful development environment that helps them create good products with the greatest efficiency. Android may prove competitive in both these regards, but it’s far too early to say.

  11. Amit Chowdhry says:

    Good points Dan and Darryl. Perhaps the closing line was slightly influenced by my readings on how awesome open applications can be.

    When you start seeing how important of a role that open source products are contributing to the world such as WordPress, Google Android, Facebook Applications, Wikipedia, Linux, Firefox, etc., you automatically want more technologies to be more open.

    I do not feel chastised by any of the comments because I think my points are valid and that Apple should consider being more open with some of their application platforms.

    Right now we’re only seeing proven models appearing on the Apple Application store, but it leaves little wiggle room for newbie developers with the next big ideas.

  12. Weezy says:

    Android id delayed because Google is not Apple…not even close.

  13. john says:

    rumors are false.. google android is not delayed.. read zdnet.

  14. gwhiz says:

    Interesting comment in the thread about how there are no killer apps. Perhaps mobile internet devices or cellphones with data, etc are ultimately combining two very mature products (PC and cellphone.) If so, the leaders will be chosen based on mature market parameters which tend to be evolutionary, often smallish changes and incremental. Multitouch UI has proved so far to be a bit of a jump and all MID and cellphone makers are rushing to catch up. Is it a killer app? Perhaps sort of. Perhaps for both the portable, nomadic PC and the more mobile MID and cellphone+data, the incremental improvements (not killers) will continue in that vien, UI improvements, mobility enhancements, use of the cloud.

  15. Mobile User says:

    History repeats itself…..

    In the begining of the race for the personal computer market, Apple made their COMPUTERS proprietary and Microsoft had partnerships for HARDWARE.

    IF Apple had partnerships to manufacture their HARDWARE from the get-go, EVERYONE WOULD HAVE AN APPLE!

    Case & Point: Apple’s decision to have proprietary HARDWARE cost them BIG TIME! This is why you see Microsoft have over 90% marketshare of the personal computer.

    Apple’s decision to have 1 WIRELESS CARRIER [AT&T] will cost them again because Google is stepping into the game & collecting them ALL [AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, verizon, etc.]

    Now I’m just waiting for the Google i386 OS…. Its only a matter of time.

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