'Apple will be number one for a long time', says Angry Birds

Apple’s iOS has won a big thumbs-up from the Angry Birds themselves, who say that when it comes to mobile devices, Apple’s going to excel against the rest.

“Apple will be the number one platform for a long time from a developer perspective, they have gotten so many things right,” said Peter Vesterbacka, Angry Birds development lead.

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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.

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. The carriers messing with the experience again.”

The kicking criticism takes on Google’s over-inflated claims that Android is somehow more open than iOS.

“ Open but not really open, a very Google-centric ecosystem,” he says, adding, “And paid content just doesn’t work on Android,” the developer said.

Some Angry Birds trivia is also included within this report:

  • Over a million downloads of Angry Birds took place on Christmas Day.
  • Over 200 million minutes of Angry Birds game-play take place each day.

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