GetJar, the very first app store of the mobile world, asked developers about their current and future development interests.
The results were quite surprising. The polls figure said:
80 percent of respondents stated that they are developing for iOS for iPhone/iPod Touch today, which declines to 55.6 percent who are planning to develop for this platform in six months time. The same trend is seen in iOS for tablets, which sees developer backing decreasing from 59 percent to 52 percent.
In short, the popularity of app developers towards Apple is taking a hit.
Android for smartphone currently has 51.2 percent support, which will increase to 58 percent six months from now. And Android for tablets currently has 20.5 percent, which will more than double to 47 percent.
That means that the Android folks will not quit their remarkable exponential growth. The same will be reflected in six months’ time.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform is set to be more popular with developers than web apps, BlackBerry for smartphones and tablets, and HP’s webOS. Some 24 percent of developers intend developing for the MS platform in the future, compared to less than 9 percent today. While that is still less than half of the interest in Android, GetJar said that “given Windows’ small base it looks like there is some optimism for the Nokia/Windows alliance.”
Unsurprisingly, the survey noted a continued fall in support for Symbian OS, with less than 7 percent of developers stating they will be supporting the platform in six months time. Fewer than 20 percent of developers think the OS will be around in “the next couple of years.”
RIM’s BlackBerry OS also faces challenges, with less than 15 percent of developers interested in developing for the platform in the next six months. Less than half of the developers believe the platform will survive the next five years.
While presently, around 80% of current developer junta is targeting iOS, around 44.4% of devs are targeting towards Android. The scales will indeed be tipped in Android’s favor in six months from now, if the poll is to be believed, with over 70% devs developing for android.
The news is surely bad for already troubled RIM and HP, Symbian fans will be equally annoyed by this poll outcome.
But for Nokia-MSFT alliance, this sure is the silver lining of the clouds. Bad news for Apple though.
Stay tuned for more…!!!!