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IDC Survey Reveals Android Developer Interest Waning, Google and HTML5 Are On The Rise

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IDC Survey Reveals Android Developer Interest Waning, Google and HTML5 Are On The Rise

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According to a recent survey conducted by International Data Corporation and Appcelerator, developer interest in Android development is slipping.  The study surveyed 2,173 Appcelerator developers and revealed that during the last quarter, interest in app development for the Android platform fell 4.7%.

Although close to or within the margins of error, these drops are consistent with the trend of small but steady erosion in Android interest over the last four quarters, even as enormous growth in Android unit shipments continues

-- IDC/Appcelerator Survey

The survey also predicts that 2012 will witness a dramatic increase in HTML5 app development with apps designed for mobile browsers, as well as "hybrid apps" that integrate native code and HTML5.

A resounding 79% of mobile developers report that they will integrate HTML5 in their apps in 2012.  This is much higher than many industry observers had anticipated…

-- IDC/Appcelerator Survey

Other interesting trends from the survey:

  • Google's assets provide leverage over Facebook
  • Interest in Windows Phone 7 remains high
  • iOS remains #1 in developer interest levels
  • Developers plan to use location and notification cloud services to scale

The survey results are available here, and if you're a mobile developer, or if you're considering getting into mobile development, it would certainly be worth your time.

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