In an interview with Tech n’ Marketing, Rovio Games developer Peter Vesterbacka left no one in doubt as to his views via scathing appraisal of the future of paid apps on Google’s Android platform.
Can Android compete? Vesterbacka has some reservations, “Android is growing, but it’s also growing complexity at the same time. Device fragmentation not the issue, but rather the fragmentation of the ecosystem. ”So many different shops, so many different models…Open but not really open, a very Google centric ecosystem. And paid content just doesn’t work on Android,” he said. He later added that ”nobody has been successful selling content on Android.”
”Steve [Jobs] is absolutely right when he says that there are more challenges for developers when working with Android. But that’s fine, developers will figure out how to work any given ecosystem and as long as it doesn’t cause physical pain, it’s ok;-),” he said. Mobile development is a ”fragmented world”, he added.
“Apple will be the number one platform for a long time from a developer perspective, they’ve gotten so many things right,” said Peter Vesterbacka, Angry Birds development lead.
And there’s more advantages for AAPL in the mobile space, he says, “they know what they are doing and they call the shots,” he added.