Even though Mozilla is seemingly doing better than the backers of the other new platforms, the company still has a lot of work to do before it reaches the level of interest developers are showing for iOS, Android and to a lesser extent Windows Phone. About 87 percent of respondents said they were very interested in Apple's iOS and 78 percent showed the same level of interest for Android. Even though more apps are added all the time, the survey underlines that Microsoft and its partner Nokia are still struggling to attract developers. About 37 percent said they were very interested in Windows phones.
The second quarter edition of IDC and Appcelerator's survey showed a growing interest in developing mobile apps for enterprises as well. The number developers who are expecting to build either customer facing business-to-business or employee facing applications has grown from 29 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010 to 43 percent. This evolution -- consumer opportunities first, followed by enterprise apps and adoption -- mirrors that of the Web, but the rate of change is much faster, according to IDC and Appcelerator.
There is also a growing interest in developing apps for tablets. Where iOS and Windows are concerned, developers showed roughly the same level of interest for smartphones and tablets.
"That is a really astounding fact because the tablet audience is significantly smaller. But we couple that with what we are hearing from our enterprise customers, and a lot of them are moving to tablets as the primary computing platform for a number of job functions," King said.
Google is still struggling to drum up the same level of interest for Android-based tablets as for smartphones; the difference in interest is 12 percentage points, easily the widest phone-tablet gap among the major platforms, according to IDC and Appcelerator. However, interest for Google's Nexus tablets is growing among developers, King said.
Appcelerator and IDC surveyed 6,046 Appcelerator Titanium developers between April 18 and 22.
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