Switching to Android
Many developers don’t want to wait, and say they can’t take
the risk of developing for a yet-to-be-perfected platform. Even
long-time Nokia software authors are looking elsewhere.
Take Alan Masarek, chief executive officer of Quickoffice
Inc. in Plano, Texas. Nokia helped his 150-person company become
one of the biggest independent mobile apps developers with its
stripped-down word processor and spreadsheet running on more
than 240 million mobile devices worldwide.
About 1 1/2 years ago Masarek, whose software is preloaded
on all Nokia Symbian devices, began working on Android phones.
“That in hindsight has proven to be a good move,” he
said. “The numbers on Android are very ascendant right now.
We’re on all these devices that just started shipping in
meaningful volumes the last two quarters.”
Android-based smartphones threaten to top the iPhone in
2013 in market share, according to Framingham, Massachusetts-
based IDC. Shipments of Android devices may reach 68 million
that year, making it the second-most popular operating system
after Symbian, according to IDC.
For Quickoffice, Apple and Android now each account for
about 30 percent of shipments against 40 percent on Symbian.