Mika Mobile isn’t a music company, but the games developer’s struggle to turn a profit from Android may have lessons for music companies mulling app launches on the Google Play Store. “Our Android apps aren’t making money,” blogs the company. “It’s not that they haven’t generated income, but that income is offset by the additional support costs the platform has demanded.” The post says that Mika Mobile spent around 20% of its total man-hours in 2011 dealing with Android, including porting, bug fixes and customer service. “We spent thousands on various test hardware. These are the unsung necessities of offering our apps on Android. Meanwhile, Android sales amounted to around 5% of our revenue for the year, and continues to shrink.”

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