What platforms to build apps for today?

You are wondering what platforms to build apps for today?

  • … there are only two relevant platforms in the market: iPhone and Android. No other platform has users with an app download pattern. In other words, only users of iPhone- and Android-phones download apps to any relevant degree.
  • … Windows Mobile 6.x-, Symbian-, and Blackberry-users are not downloading apps to any noticeable degree… rendering these platforms irrelevant.
  • … Windows Phone 7 is very likely to do better than its predecessor, but still there are no phones on the market… rendering this platform irrelevant (if the keyword is “today”)

Since the iPhone is the forerunner, start out your app-adventure on the iPhone. Don’t take any shortcuts. Go Objective C and Cocoa Touch. Then broaden and include Android.
Keep an eye on the next generation Symbian-, Blackberry- and WP7 phones, but don’t waste energy there today.

This strategy will be good at least to January 2011.

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3 Responses to What platforms to build apps for today?

  1. Jonas May 31, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    I know you have good insight in WP7. Will there be any phones out before Christmas? I assume Microsoft wants to have some new apps in their “AppStore/MarketPlace” when they launch! Maybe Microsoft needs to invest money in partners and app developers to make this happen?

  2. andreassjostrom May 31, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    Jonas, yes, I believe there will be phone out before Christmas. And yes, Microsoft is involved in all sorts of financing third party apps and partner apps.
    For the sake of healthy competition, I hope they succeed, but to be honest there is something fundamentally wrong if a company has to breath artificial life into its ecosystem.


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