A recent survey of over 2,700 mobile developers revealed that devs universally prefer developing for iOS (formerly iPhone OS – renamed iOS recently, as it is now used on the iPad). Apple ranks #1 in mobile phone market share, and there are more than a few stories of small-time devs creating apps for the iPhone that took off overnight, so it really isn’t all that surprising that Apple was a dev favorite.

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Still, with Android picking up momentum at an exponential rate, I have to admit I was a bit surprised that Android didn't score closer to iOS. After all, in the past month, Android activations have increased 60%, and there are now more Android activations per week than iPhone, iPad, and Mac activations combined. Not only that, but a short while ago you couldn’t check out tech news without seeing an an article about Apple’s murky requirements for app approval (a serious negative for developers).

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According to the survey, developers see the long-term outlook for Android as being substantially better than for iOS – it was scored higher for “capabilities, openness, and long-term outlook.”

The survey was run by Appcelerator, the makers of a program that facilitates App development.

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[Source: Appcelerator]