Want to know what developers are thinking about the mobile landscape? Look no further than Appcelerator and IDC’s Q3 2012 Mobile Developer Survey. This time around, the two groups talked to 5,500 developers (all using Appcelerator) – which they claim is “the world’s largest mobile developer survey conducted to date.”
The survey turned up some interesting insights into the minds and actions of developers. Here are a few interesting points:
Developers Not Satisfied with HTML5 Mobile Applications
Developers rank their satisfaction with nearly every feature of HTML5 as neutral to dissatisfied, including user experience, performance, monetization, fragmentation, distribution control, timeliness of new updates, and security. Developers report the highest satisfaction with the cross-development capabilities of HTML5 and timelines of updates.
Apple Dominates, Sands Shifting for Android
Apple maintains its dominance at the top of developers’ lists for mobile app development, with 85 percent of developers very interested in building apps for iOS smartphones and 83 percent similarly focused on iPad apps. Interest in developing for Android declined slightly since last quarter’s survey. Android has fewer than 66 percent of developers very interested in developing for that tablet platform, and 76 percent very interested in the smartphone platform.
RIM Remains Rocky
Mobile developers “very interested” in building apps on the Research In Motion (RIM) BlackBerry OS fell to an all-time low of nine percent from almost 40 percent in the Appcelerator/IDC January 2011 survey.
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Are you surprised by any of these results? Do you think Windows Phone will start popping up on developers’ radars with the introduction of Windows 8.