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Android is a mess, say developers

A new survey analyzes the pros and cons of writing for various mobile platforms

Source: Baird 

On the heels of the debate played out over the weekend between Union Square Ventures‘ Fred Wilson and Instapaper‘s Marco Arment about whether it’s wiser to be writing apps for Apple’s (AAPL) iOS or Google’s (GOOG) Android come the results a survey of 250 working developers released Monday by Baird’s William Powers.

Wilson, a venture capitalist, has been advising developers to write first for Android, predicting that the iPhone vs. Android battle will turn out to be a replay of Windows vs. Macintosh.

Arment, a developer, thinks that’s bad advice. He believes Android’s market share gains may be illusory — especially when the rise of the iPad is taken into account — and that as a development environment, Google’s OS has serious shortcomings.

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