iPhone Vs. Android Vs. RIM Vs. Microsoft: Developers Choice
Apparently developers are finding it somewhat difficult to keep up development of apps for the iPhone, Apple iPad, and the Android platform according to a recent survey of 2760 mobile developers which apparently shows that over the last 6 months developer interest in both iOS and Android had remained flat.
According to Technology Review, a joint survey by IDC and Appcelerator, developers say the problem with Android is that the platform is deployed on numerous devices it is apparently becoming increasingly difficult to develop for it.
Scott Ellison of IDC says, “Google has enormous momentum in terms of shipment numbers, but that’s not carrying over as cleanly as we might expect to developer interest. There’s still distinctly more interest in Apple than in Android. Developers are choosing the number-two platform in installed base and shipment numbers.”
Apparently the survey showed that besides the Android and iOS platform “treading water” the BlackBerry platform might well be heading for “serious trouble.” Apparently developer interest in BlackBerry fell 11 points since the last quarter while just 27% of developers said they are “very interested” in developing for BlackBerry.
When it comes to Windows Phone 7, developer interest also fell 7 points to 29% of respondents but managed to pull ahead of BlackBerry in overall developer “mindshare.”