Developers may soon be voting with their feet and abandoning iOS if an IDC/Appcelerator survey of mobile app developers is to be believed.
A September 2010 developer survey from IDC, sponsored by app builder Appcelerator finds that despite developers only having nine countries to reap profits from paid apps, and the significant updates to the Apple iOS, developers still feel that Android platform is the best choice. And the gap between those wanting to develop on Android and those developing on iOS is widening.
In the June 2010 Appcelerator survey 54% of developers said Android had the best long-term outlook compared to iOS at 40.4%. The latest survey now has 58.6% of respondents in the survey believe Android has a better long-term outlook over iOS at 34.9%, and that’s despite the successful iPhone 4 launch and Apple’s recent announcement that it would be easing restrictions on developers.
Additionally 72% of developers say Android “is best positioned to power a large number and variety of connected devices in the future”, compared to 25% for iOS. However there’s still a lot of love for iOS out there, as Apple iOS continues to dominate in all categories relating to market/revenue opportunity and current devices. iPhone continues to lead overall developer sentiment with 91% saying they are “very interested” in developing for the device compared to 82% for Android phones.[ad name=”Google Text half banner advert “]