smartphones and tablets monopolize all the sales in this handheld gaming industry, the industrythat they had built from scratch.
Fortunately, unlike Nintendo, Sony still got the back from Sony Mobile department that had some
several Android devices (Xperia series and Sony Tablets) spread out around that smartphone market. So Sony is still able to collect the missing market share in handheld gaming market.
Anyway, besides smartphone and tablet manufacturers, the other ones that also generate revenues in this industry are of course the game makers. According to a survey conducted by Game Developer magazine, a new finding shows that in the recent trend, game developers have some favorite mobile platforms (i.e., mobile operating systems) as the promising land for their games.
Sits on the first place, 94.6% of entire game developers agree that iOS becomes the most favorite platform that they would happily port their games at the first launch. On the second place, collecting almost 70.7% of the voters, Android is still chasing iOS to become developers’ most favorite game platform.
Interestingly, according to the survey, 39.4% of iOS game devs tend to be more interested in developing games specifically for iOS 4+. On the other hand, the latest installment, iOS 5, only manages to grasp 30.7% of the attention from iOS game makers, while iOS 4.0+ only bags around 16.5% of the entire iOS voters and iOS 3+ only gets 13.4%.
So this means, despite the term “unified platform” that’s always been exaggerated by Apple on its operating system, apparently, iOS is not that different with its long-term enemy, Android, that also has some multiple versions of its platform.
Surprisingly, although Windows Phone used to be underestimated as inferior in smartphone market, around 8.8% of game devs are still willing to work on their games for this platform. So this means, the strategy from Microsoft to give away some Windows Phone handsets for FREE to developers is starting to pay off.
Meanwhile, for the other platforms, 27% percentage of developers goes to Blackberry, 2% for Symbian and 1.4% for Samsung home made OS, bada.
WP Handsets Already Has Over 100.000 Apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace
Maybe something that we can learn from all of the effort that has been put by Microsoft and its new golden boy, Nokia, in promoting their latest
WP handsetsto the world are “consistency” and “quality over quantity”.
Well, the first lesson “consistency”, can be seen so clearly by how eager and stubborn Microsoft and Nokia to stick with the Microsoft home-made-OS, Windows Phone,
in producing their recent WP handsets, amid the rise of Android and iOS in smartphone market. And the second thing we learn, “quality over quantity”, can be seen directly by how Microsoft has a tight quality control going on in the Windows Phone Marketplace to filter many incoming apps from developers in order to bring quality apps to the users.
However, despite the tight quality control that is implemented by Microsoft, slowly but sure, the collection of apps in the Marketplace is starting to become much bigger than before, although it’s not as big as Apple App Store or Google Play store. But still, this recent finding shows how Windows Phone Marketplace, under the radar, has been really busy in gathering many quality apps for its platform.
After surpassing the 90.000 app mark a couple of weeks ago, right now Windows Phone has just reached again another higher bar. Based on the date gathered in the report, over 100.000 apps have been published in the WP Marketplace so far. This actually can be a pretty good sign for the future of WP handsets in the smartphone market, and also, the users will be guaranteed that their Windows Phone devices can be used in the long haul.
Something that we should know about the progress of Windows Phone Marketplace is that this app market took around 14 months to hit the 50.000 app number and the next 100.000 app mark is reached in the next 5 months after that.
Unfortunately, based on the report, even though the total of apps in WP Marketplace already hits 100.000 app mark, there are only 88.371 apps that are currently available to download in the marketplace because the other 10.357 apps have been withdrawn by Microsoft for several reasons, while another 1.492 apps are still in Microsoft’s tight quality control phase, waiting to be published.
It shows that Microsoft wants to provide users with high standard apps in the market. It’s just great to see that Microsoft is really “consistent” to bring “quality over quantity” apps for the users.