Mobile developers are constantly faced with the conundrum of which mobile platforms they should be focusing on. In a recent report by Appcelerator and IDC, “Q4 2011 Mobile Developer Report“, 2,160 Appcelerator mobile developers were surveyed on their interest and perceptions on the major mobile and tablet OSes, and the priorities for their own development.
Windows Phone 7 a Clear 3rd Place
One of the interesting findings was that Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 had clearly ousted RIM’s BlackBerry OS as the number three mobile OS that developers were interested in developing on. 38% of respondents indicated that they were ‘very interested’ in the Windows Phone 7 platform, the highest ever for Microsoft as recorded by Appcelerator. This is more than double the interest in Nokia’s Symbian and MeeGo OSes since Appcelerator began reporting mobile platform interest in January 2010. The top two OSes were of course, iOS and Android.
This increase in mindshare of the Windows Phone 7 platform from a year ago was due both to the Microsoft/Nokia partnership (48% of respondents), and also from Nokia’s release of their Lumia Windows Phone 7 smartphones which were announced last month (28% of respondents indicated they were ‘very interested’ in developing for the device).
iOS, Android, and HTML 5
The interest level for Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, and HTML5 remained generally the same this quarter as compared to Q3 2011. Apple held their leading position in developer’s minds, with 91% of respondents indicating that they were ‘very interested’ in developing for the iPhone, and 88% for the iPad.
Although in second place, mindshare for the Android OS declined with interest in development for Android phones dropping nearly 4 points and Android tablets dropping nearly 6 points – increased interest in iOS 5 and weak Android tablet sales affected the Android OS overall.
Interest for developing on HTML 5 mobile web remained even from the last quarter with 66% respondents indicating interest for the platform, and with Android tablet priorities so close to HTML 5 interest levels, it will be interesting to see which platform takes precedence next year for developers.
Are you a mobile developer? What are your priorities for developing on the different platforms? Let us know in the comments!
Get the full report here: Q4 2011 Mobile Developer Report
About Appcelerator and IDC
Appcelerator is an enterprise-grade, cross-platform development solution with over 1.6 million developers using its software to power over 30,000 cloud-connected mobile, desktop, and web applications used on 30 million devices every day. Appcelerator Titanium, the company’s main product, is the only mobile cloud platform that allows for fully native, cross-platform mobile app and HTML5 web development, from a single codebase.
International Data Corporation (IDC) is a global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events in the IT, TMT, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based decisions on technology purchasesand business strategy. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology media, research, and events company.