Developers' Hands Full with iOS, Android: Survey

Appcelerator is out with its quarterly mobile developer survey. It has already been widely written about. At the highest level the survey of more than 2,000 mobile developers indicates that they are completely occupied with iOS and Android and have little time for other platforms although many of the them like Windows and feel that the Nokisoft partnership is the one that has the best chance to challenge Google and Apple. 

Few developers appear to be interested in RIM, which will push the platform further to embrace Android apps to survive. 

Despite the high level of interest and activity around Android there are concerns about the OS. In addition interest in developing for Android tablets has declined given the lackluster sales performance of existing hardware. 

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The very high level of interest and enthusiasm around Android is complicated by developer concerns over fragmentation, both of the platform and app stores.

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The failure of any of the Android tablets to be a hit (so far) has caused muted enthusiasm among developers. The Galaxy Tab has had the most success to date and thus reflects the most developer interest.

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As mentioned, many developers in the survey indicated that they liked Windows but they simply didn't have the time to invest in developing for the platform. A larger group felt that Windows was something of a "lost cause" because it was "too far behind Apple and Google."

Microsoft and Nokia will need to use aggressive financial incentives to overcome limited marketshare and developer inertia.

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If software is the key to long-term success in mobile, then the hearts and minds (and perceptions) of mobile developers really matter. It would appear that there's barely room for three major operating systems in the market. If Android and Apple fill two slots then it will be a battle between Nokia and RIM for that third slot.

RIM has already thrown its hat into the Android camp (for better or worse). And it remains to be seen whether Nokisoft can capture sufficient developer attention and interest to make headway. I suspect that Microsoft will have to spend a lot amount money and effort to get developers to devote resources to Windows Phones.