I’ve been saying for some time now that the fundamentals of the Android ecosystem are stronger than that of Apple’s iOS, largely because Apple doesn’t know how play nice with its ecosystem partners. I think we are now getting near to the tipping point where Android starts to claim dominant mindshare and the shift in balance from iOS to Android will accelerate. The latest piece of data to hit the wires that encourages me in this view is that there are now more daily users of the Android Facebook app than there are use of the iPhone Facebook app.
If I’m right then developers will start developing for Android at the same time or even before they build for the iPhone – something I would like to see. I have recently switched from iPhone to Android and my experience so far is that most startups launch first on iPhone with many not even having a date for an Android release when they first go live in the App Store.
The charts below were on Techcrunch over the weekend.