Here Is Another Area Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Beats Apple (AAPL) Hands Down In India
Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) are locked in a hot contest for the control of the global mobile market. Apple’s App Store has repeatedly beat Alphabet’s Google Play as the most profitable app distributor. As such, iOS has appeared to be winning over mobile developers at the expense of Android, but in India, the narrative looks different. The latest finding shows that Android has nearly thrice as many developers as iOS in India.
According to survey by India-based recruitment firm Beyond, at least 72% of India’s mobile developers are pro Android. That compares with 26% of mobile talents in the country that is pro iOS. Like in many other markets, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Windows is significantly dwarfed by both Android and iOS in India where it only accounts for 2% of the country’s mobile developers.
The findings by Beyond further prove Android’s dominance in the mobile space and also gives a hint of how the contest for the emerging markets would likely shape up. With smartphone penetration reaching saturation levels in developed markets, mobile superpowers Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Apple are looking beyond North America and Europe for growth and Asia is a prized market.
Apple vying for a slice of India
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, was recently in India where he announced that the company was setting some local offices in the country for digital mapping and other mobile solutions. Cook was also said to be seeking to have Apple allowed to operate company-owned retail stores in India through which it can sell recycled iPhones at a lower price to Indians.
Android already rules in India
While Apple is only struggling to take root in India, Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is already running away with the Indian mobile market. The lower device price points have helped to fuel Android penetration in the country. While you need to fork out about $500 for an iPhone, you can get your hands on a decent Android smartphone for less than $50. Perhaps that explains why the majority of Indian developers favor Android platform.
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