Feeds

Coder Android tablet love on (a bit of a) wane

Googasm falling

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Developer interest in Android phones and tablets is on the wane – at least a bit – according to a new study.

The latest mobile-developer survey from IDC and Appcelerator – the Silicon Valley outfit whose Titanium kit lets coders build native mobile apps with traditional web tools – indicates that during the first quarter, developer interest in Android phones dropped two percentage points to 85 per cent, while interest in Android tablets fell three points to 71 per cent.

These aren't enormous drops, but previously, interest in Google's mobile OS had been on the rise. With the last IDC-Appcelerator study, interest in Android tablets rose 12 per cent. "We're seeing some bumps in the road here for Android beyond the phone," Appcelerator vice president of marketing Scott Schwarzhoff tells The Register.

On the latest survey – which includes responses from 2,760 Appcelerator Titanium developers – 63 per cent of respondents said that device fragmentation is the biggest risk to Android. Thirty per cent cited "weak initial traction" from Android tablets, and 28 per cent cited the presence of multiple Android app stores.

But when it comes to fragmentation, Android isn't the main concern among coders, according to the survey. Asked which area of fragmentation is of greatest concern when developing mobile applications, 33 per cent cited "skills fragmentation" (having to learn, say, both Objective C for iOS and Java for Android), 22 per cent cited fragmentation across OSes, and 21 per cent cited fragmentation within the Android market.

Despite the apparent drop in Android interest, the platform is still second only to Apple's iOS platform. Ninety-one per cent of coders said they are "very interested" in developing for the iPhone, and 86 per cent said they were very interested in the iPad, while 29 per cent pointed to Microsoft Windows Phone 7, 27 per cent pointed to the BlackBerry, and 20 per cent pointed to the RIM PlayBook tablet. HP's upcoming webOS tablet was next in line at 17 per cent. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
China hopes home-grown OS will oust Microsoft
Doesn't much like Apple or Google, either
Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip
Look at the shiny Windows 8.1, why can't you people talk about 8.1, sobs an exec somewhere
This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup
Would you leave your well-paid job to chase your dream?
Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™
Cache crash causes contained choloric calamity
Eat up Martha! Microsoft slings handwriting recog into OneNote on Android
Freehand input on non-Windows kit for the first time
Linux kernel devs made to finger their dongles before contributing code
Two-factor auth enabled for Kernel.org repositories
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?