According to mobile analytics firm Flurry, developer support for Android has been waning despite its incredible growth.

Flurry tracks the activity of 45,000 developers who have built 90,000 different applications. Every time a developer starts a new project, Flurry knows which platform the developer is working on. 

As you can see below, a smaller share of developers started Android projects in the second quarter of the year than the first. Flurry speculates the change was driven by the Verizon iPhone and the popularity of the iPad 2.

Whatever the reason, it’s good news for Apple.

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A year and change after its launch, Apple’s iPad has established itself as both the progenitor and dominant entity in a new category of device: tablets. A large part of its success has undeniably been down to the enthusiasm shown by developers, who have recently crossed the notable marker of producing 100,000 applications compatible with the device. As is true of the vast app selection on the iPhone, quantity doesn’t guarantee quality, but the abundance of software available for the iPad at least offers a better chance of finding some wheat in amongst the chaff. And as to its competitors, here’s hoping Ice Cream Sandwich and Windows 8 get here before this Apple juggernaut crosses the million mark, eh?

iPad passes the 100,000 apps milestone, rest of the tablet world looks on in disbelief originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 01 Jul 2011 03:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google Android has come out of nowhere in the last couple of years to kick Apple’s butt in smartphone market share

One common rebuttal among Apple fans has always been something like, “yeah, well, add the iPod touch to Apple’s iPhone numbers, and you’ll see a different story.”

It’s true. Adding the iPod touch does make Apple’s iOS shipments and market share bigger than if you ignore it, and it narrows the gap with Android.

But it made a much better argument a year ago.

In fact, because the smartphone market, Google Android, and even the iPhone are all growing much faster than Apple’s iPod touch business, adding the iPod touch to Apple’s iPhone stats actually makes iOS’s market share smaller than it was a year ago.

Specifically, while the smartphone market nearly doubled year-over-year in Q4 to about 101 million units, according to Canalys, the iPod touch only grew 27% year-over-year to about 10 million units.

Yes, the iPod touch makes Apple’s iOS relatively bigger, and is important for the iOS app platform, especially for gaming. But it doesn’t help the market share growth argument versus Android, because everything else is growing much faster than the iPod touch. (See data table below.)

This chart shows Android’s market share soaring from Q4 2009 to Q4 2010, whether the iPod touch is included in the overall market or not. Apple’s market share is significantly higher when the iPod touch is included, and the gap with Android is smaller. But the iPod touch actually hurts Apple’s market share growth year-over-year.

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