2019 Summary: Top Developer Stats 'n Facts of the Year

Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2020 by Otti HartNo comments


Get to know your community. We've leafed through our fellow Developer platforms and compiled the best stats 'n facts of 2019 for you! Take a look at the most up to date summary of your global Developer family's trends and habits. Some of these might surprise you.


Global Market Share of Mobile Operating Systems

  • By the end of 2019, Android is dominating the market with over 3/4 of the market share at almost 76%, and ahead of iOS which has just under 23%.
  • The remaining are KaiOS (0.5%), Samsung (0.18%), Windows (0.15%), and unknown (0.19%). According to StatCounter Global Stats.


Operating Systems

  • According to Statista, the most widely used operating system for Android on smartphone devices is Marshmellow 6.0, where 16.9% of Android Developers operate on this system. This is closely followed by Oreo 8.1 and Oreo 8.0 at 15.4% and 12.9% of Android Developers.
  • Significantly, Marshmellow 6.0 was at 32.2% in 2017, 2 years after it was released in 2015, and has lost traction as followers have dispersed among other newer operating systems such as Oreo.


    Programming Languages

    • JavaScript remains in the lead as the most widely used programming language with 69.7% of Professional Developers working in it, according to Stack Overflow's 2019 survey. This is followed by HTML/CSS (63.1%), SQL (56.5%), Python (39.4%) and Java (39.2%).
    • C++ and Kotlin are further down in the rankings at 20.4% and 6.6%.


    App Development Frameworks


    •  Hackernoon have provided their top App Development Frameworks for 2020 for Android. Take a look at these if you're interested in trying out something new this year.
    1. Corona SDK 
    2. Appcelerator Titanium
    3. TheAppBuilder
    4. Adobe PhoneGap
    5. Ionic
    6. React Native
    7. Xamarin
    8. Sencha Touch
    9. JQuery Mobile
    10. NativeScript



    • MobileAppDaily has also given its favorite hybrid app development frameworks listing Ionic, React Native, Flutter, PhoneGap and Xamarin, with Flutter and React Native as joint winners!



    • According to Stack Overflow's 2019 survey, less than 10% of developers are unemployed. Of those +90% of Developers that are employed, 84.2% of these are in full-time employment! 
    • Almost 75% of Developers are still open to learning of new job opportunities, with 15% actively looking for a job.


    Remote Work

    • 12% of Developers asked by Stack Overflow work remotely full time with only 43% never working remotely and the remaining 45% working remotely part of the time.
    • Interestingly, only 33.2% of those Developers want to work at home, with 8.8% preferring a co-working space or cafe, and 57.9% the office.


    •  By 2022, mobile app downloads per year are predicted to reach 258 billion. This is 45% increase from that of 2017, which was 178 billion downloads, according to Clearbridge Mobile.
    • By 2021 there will be roughly 7 billion mobile users across the globe.
    • Smartphone users check their phones 63 times per day on average.


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