Re: Why ?
> Because it’s not all about you and the vast majority of people don’t care about the stuff that’s locked down.
Well it seems 85% plus of the world who buys smart phones does care. Because that how many people dont buy iPhones.
I had an iPad lying around after a dev project so decided to use it as PDF ebook viewer. After a huge hassle finally got the PDF ebooks on the device. And discovered it had renamed all the files when I tried to move them. I gave away the iPad. Used Android tablets for reading PDF ebooks ever since without the slightest hassle. Connect as a USB storage device and copy over files. Zero hassle.
I had an iPhone sitting around from another dev project and as it had 128G decided to use it as a MP3 player while traveling. Again after a huge hassle got the music / audio books on the device. Which it regularly mislays. Fixed by a reboot. Used a bunch of Android phones for the same purpose. Again zero hassle getting files on and off, moving them about. or playing them.
As a mobile developer for well over a decade I avoid iOS projects like the plague, unless porting off the device. Its not as gruesome as it was ten years ago but getting apps into the hands of testers, coworkers, customers (not to mention the god awful dev closed environment) is always a never-ending torment on iOS. But always very straightforward on Android.
I fully understand the why of the iPhone market. Large part conspicuous consumption of luxury goods bough by high disposable income people easily swayed by marketing and social peer pressure. Small part business use by customers who need the more mature MDM infrastructure or specific software.
So when someone has a business issued iPhone I completely understand why. But everyone else, the phrase a fool and his money come to mind. Because the iPhone is the tech equivalent of the $5,000 fashion handbag for most buyers. And I also understand why app developers put so much effort into the iOS market. Because its far easier to sell pay / in app purchase apps to the affluent suckers who buy luxury goods than to the ordinary people who buy purely on value. Which tends to be the Android customers.
Guess which kind of customer is the easier to exact money out of? Thats the only reason the iOS app revenue market share is as high is as it is. Shooting fish in a barrel.