A quarterly survey revealed that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is the most popular mobile platform among application developers, while interest in Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android has receded and interest in Research in Motion’s (NASDAQ:RIMM) devices has dropped significantly.
Developers were asked in the survey if they were interested in writing programs for various devices. Despite the surge in sales of Android devices, developers were not interested in the Google’s mobile platform, as it requires fragmenting to be adapted to a wide array of devices, while apps developed for Apple’s iOS Apple’s will work on all iPhones and iPads.
The survey also revealed that app developers expected Google products like YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps and search to help Google’s newly released social network Google+ catch up with Facebook.
Almost 9 in every 10 developers surveyed were interested in developing an app for Apple products. About 8 out of 10 developers were interested in developing an app for Android phones and only two-thirds were interested in Android tablets.
Interest in Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Window’s Phone 7 was at 37 percent. Research in Motion’s BlackBerry had less that 16 percent expressing interest — a significant decline from 20 percent three months ago. The survey was conducted just as RIM was launching a major upgrade to the QNX software on its PlayBook Tablet. QNX will power RIM’s next-generation handsets due later this year. Developers are said to be taking a “wait and see” approach to QNX.
The survey was conducted January 25-27 and February 21-23, and questioned 2,200 developers from around the world — 38 percent from Europe, 34 percent from North America, and 28 percent from elsewhere.
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