Ovum: iPhone OS still dominating app developer focus


More than four fifths of mobile software developers are either creating applications for Apple's iPhone platform or planning to do so according to a new survey issued by research firm Ovum. Among 217 developers queried by Ovum, 81 percent are focusing their efforts on iPhone projects, followed by Research In Motion's BlackBerry OS at 74 percent, Microsoft's Windows Phone at 66 percent, Google's Android at 64 percent and Symbian at 56 percent.

Ovum contends that the iPhone's dominance is no surprise given its commercial case is largely proven, and says RIM appears to have made a successful transition from its enterprise-centric origins to a more mainstream application ecosystem. The report chalks up support for Windows Phone to Microsoft's profile as a tools vendor, and credits Android's relative underperformance to the platform's small installed base. On the other hand, Ovum believes Symbian's showing reflects the perceived lack of platform development as the OS migrates to open source, also noting that manufacturers have failed to produce Symbian devices with strong consumer appeal. Still, Symbian fared better than Palm's webOS or the Linux-based LiMo Platform--only 30 percent of developers told Ovum they will support any mobile platform outside of the top five.

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