Which OS will give mobile app developers the best returns?
Binesh Kutty: I am curious as to what a developer would say about this. Any developer around to share his/her thoughts?
Karan Bhujbal: very valuable information shared by very credible people; so liked the video. Just a suggestions though, if there were separate videos for all the people who expressed their opinion, it would be better for the viewer.
Sanjay Vyas: Developers (or at least his company) would take the market share of mobile OS before taking the decision.
Binesh Kutty: Sanjay: Agreed. But are you saying market share is the only deciding factor? What about available tools? Entry barriers? Device agnostic coding? What’s your take on that?
Mala Bhargava: The situation with iOS and Android is known. But I think what is happening with smaller (in the mobile space) players like RIM and Microsoft for Windows 8 is that they’re offering incentives, tools and assistance and even training to developers which should be nice for those who are just beginning.
Anil Chopra: Mala Bhargava, You’re absolutely right. Microsoft’s recent App Fest in Bangalore is a clear example of how they’re trying to attract the developer community for Windows 8.
Mala Bhargava: Yes. I was there for it. Many of the developers had got in via scholarships, had been given training, and offered a good 70:30 partnership on apps.There are companies that so desperately need apps to build up their ecosystems that they’re offering a particularly developer-friendly environment that may not always be so. RIM, as we know, is going all out to woo them. I think there’s never been a better time for mobile developers.
Anil Chopra: Mala Bhargava Better time or more confusing time? RIM isn’t exactly in the best of shape right now, and MS is just gearing up for it.
Mala Bhargava: It’s only a confusion of too many choices. Developers don’t need to worry about what shape a company is in. I’m talking about those in their learning stage -- trying to cut their teeth on app developing. For them, the companies that need them more are a good opportunity.
Anil Chopra: Mala Bhargava, that’s good for budding developers, as they get a training ground, not for the OS vendors, who probably need more seasoned developers to create absolutely fantastic apps for them to pull the crowd toward their platform!!!
Mala Bhargava: Well, your topic is what’s good for developers. That maybe in the next video
As an individual developer, to maximize my inflow, I would choose iOS where I am assured of business coming in regularly. As a developer studio, I would like to be in Microsoft or Android app development arena.