Survey: Half of all mobile developers building apps for tablets


More than half of developers across all mobile platforms are now writing applications optimized for the tablet form factor, with 74 percent of iOS developers creating software for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) bestselling iPad, according to a new survey conducted by market research firm Vision Mobile.

Fifty-one percent of the 1,500 developers surveyed are working on tablet apps, up from 34.5 percent one year ago, Vision Mobile reports. Smartphones remain the primary developmental focus, with 85 percent of respondents working on smartphone apps irrespective of platform. Feature phones follow at 33 percent, trailed by netbooks (27 percent), set-top boxes (8 percent), e-readers (6 percent) and game consoles (6 percent).

Although Apple's iOS and Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android continue to dominate developer mindshare, 57 percent of developers said they plan to adopt Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone in addition to the platform(s) they currently target, up from 32 percent in 2011. Twenty-three percent will turn to mobile web apps, up 17 percent a year ago.

Interest in emerging platforms corresponds with diminishing enthusiasm for Qualcomm's (NASDAQ:QCOM) BREW: Vision Mobile states BREW is in "terminal decline," with 60 percent of developers now using the platform planning to abandon it. Another 49 percent of developers plan to halt their efforts for Samsung's Android alternative bada. Support for Research In Motion's (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry also continues to fade, as 41 percent of respondents say they plan to shutter their BlackBerry initiatives. Even worse for RIM, 14 percent of those abandoning BlackBerry describe the OS as their primary development platform. 

Source: Vision Mobile

Vision Mobile's findings align with data issued earlier this week by app store analytics provider Flurry, which reports development projects targeting Windows Phone have increased 600 percent over the last 12 months. Total Flurry project starts (defined as developers setting up an app for analytics tracking prior to launch) have grown by roughly 50 percent over the last year: As of the second quarter of 2012, Windows Phone builds account for 4 percent of all Flurry partner projects, up from 1 percent the previous quarter. iOS fuels 67 percent of new Flurry projects, down from 71 percent in the first quarter; Android follows at 28 percent (up from 27 percent), and BlackBerry remained flat at just 1 percent.

For more:
- read this Vision Mobile blog entry

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