Why it's hard to find apps for other tablets

  • Article by: STEVE ALEXANDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 8, 2012 - 4:47 PM
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EbuddyMay. 8, 12 9:16 PM

Wow... WAY off base on the first answer. Most of those other tablets that you name run one version or another of the Andorid OS which, by most measures is rapidsly and steadily gaining on Apple with regard to market share and application development. In fact, most applications written for iPad now have Android versions also.

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essdee09May. 9, 12 5:43 AM

Nowhere near true, Ebuddy. There are about 3000 Android tablet apps and about twice that many iPad apps. I'm not even counting the apps for Android or iOS phones that scale up (some better than others) when used on tablets. Plus, some of those 3000 Android apps will run on one version of Android or one manufacturer's Android device but not another. This makes Android far more complicated to develop for. And as long as it costs more to develop for Android but sells in a much smaller market, Android ain't going anywhere.

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EbuddyMay. 9, 12 7:01 AM

essdee09 – I think we might need some clarification. Though you make a fair point about “scaling up” ( versions of applications that are designed specifically for a tablet, most notably screen size), many (of not most) applications benefit only somewhat. That said, according to PC Magazine (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2398326,00.asp) in this report dated January, 2012 Google's Android Market reportedly skated past the 400,000 app mark last weekend.” Depending on which source you use, the actual number is probably somewhere between 400,000 and 500,000. Android Authority has an good article about the differences between the iStore and Android Market (now called Google Play) here: http://www.androidauthority.com/google-android-market-vs-apple-itunes-app-store-26281/. The bottom line however is that there IS a pool of android applications that easily rivals that of Apple in terms of sheer numbers, with more free applications available. Of course there is the debate about quality, to be fair, and the scaling argument is a valid one. My point however was that to say that there aren’t a lot of applications for Android tablets versus iPads simply isn’t accurate. Finally, I would argue that Android applications are MUCH easier to develop simply by virtue of the fact that the Android OS is MUCH more open than Apple. Again, quality can become an issue in this environment but your premise would seem to not be supported by most developers out there. Of course Apple is here to stay. Their OS (be it iPod, iPad or Mac) has always been more stable than competitors and their UI (user interface) always seems to outshine that of its rivals. It is undeniable however that Android has been and continues to gain market share - so it can't be all bad ;o). Where it all settles out has yet to be seen.

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ecofmnMay. 9, 1210:40 AM

I don't care how many apps the Apple Store has. I will not become another Apple drone like the millions of minions. Any app I need for my Galaxy S2 or Asus Transformer Prime is right at my fingertips. The android market has many more free apps than the apple store also. And, Amazon has a free paid app daily. I have about 15 useful apps alone just from Amazon.

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schlar01May. 9, 12 7:55 PM

The first answer is terrible. The guy likely isn't even searching the Android market. Beyond that, he has a low budget tablet that likely doesn't even have access to the real Android market. That is probably why he can't find them. You get what you pay for and many budget no-name tablets don't have access.

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