We have a wide range of clients and projects going on at Wildfuse at any time. If we’re builiding multiple mobile clients as a part of the same project, we always recommend to have the iOS application built first. It’s not because it’s faster or cheaper. There is one simple reason for it:
Influential people have iPhones.
By influential, I mean people who can help you. Investors, advisors, bloggers, connectors. People with a loud voice, opinion makers, passionate people who can spread the word. You will want to show them the progress you’re making first.
There’s nothing more to it. It’s simple, but it works. Stick to this rule, it will help you.
Yesterday evening, I attended For Mobile at HUB Prague. It’s a regular meeting of local mobile developers. One thing that struck me was the dominance of iOS developers amongst attendees. There were almost none Android devs there.
This obsession with iOS is a common theme here in Czech Republic. There are various reasons for it, e.g. loud advocates, local success stories or historical lack of Android against iOS. This lead to wider iOS adoption not only by developers, but also by clients who were, sometimes mindlessly, ordering only iOS apps.
With the widespread adoption of Android, times are changing. At Wildfuse, we have clients from the Western Europe and overseas and we could see the turn already about half a year ago. It is only a matter of time when the regional media houses, advertising agencies and other institutions core to the business of local mobile studios will acknowledge the size of the Android market. I think it will come in about 3 to 6 months. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the locals will adapt to this market turn, more so with the current lack of Android devs.
If you are a developer playing with the idea of “going mobile”, we’re hiring. Non-experienced devs can learn from one of the best Android developers in the country. We’re also looking for iOS programmers. Don’t hesitate to say hello.
Are you living in Europe and creating mobile apps? Then you absolutely need to apply to the Startup 2.0 competition. You only have until Friday, May 27th, so do it now. The competition (disclaimer: I’m in the jury) is happening as a part of the Nonick conference in Bilbao, Spain. Best of luck to all of you.