Although iOS appears to currently be the platform of choice for developers, research firm Ovum suggests that Android is set to surpass it "in terms of importance to developers within the next 12 months".

Traditionally, the Apple App Store has generated higher revenues than the Android Market as users are more likely to download paid apps, thus luring developers. However the Android platform has been incredibly successful in the past few months and the number of app downloads have been significant, so it comes as no surprise that developers are bullish on Android's prospects in 2012.

Additionally, according to its latest "Developer Insights" survey, Ovum has found that almost all developers support both Android and iOS and interest in development for the BlackBerry and Windows Phone OS is growing.

The research also indicates a generational shift from older cross-platform mobile standards, such as Java, Flash, and WAP, towards more web-based standards, such as HTML5.

However despite increased interest in web-based development, developers are still using "vendor-specific distribution channels", i.e. the Android Market and the Apple App Store. This is hardly a surprise, as these app distribution platforms are still the most effective way of mass-distribution of apps.

[Source: Ovum]

Abhiroop Basu
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  • rugarth-android-man

    This is something that's said every year... and then the new iPhone hits! :(

    • Jon Garrett

      Things seem to be getting better, new apps are being released at the same time on both platforms or shortly after the release on one or the other.

    • owq

      No more. Mwahahahaha~

    • http://www.usamaahmed.com/ Usama Ahmed

      I totally agree with you, every year.

    • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

      It's right up there with "This will be the year of the Linux Desktop."

  • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

    I highly doubt that developers have any interest in the sinking ship that is Blackberry. Their stock dropped over 20% last year before they announced that they would be vis-à-vis the Playbook.

    This year isn't looking any better, though I do hear that they are planning on releasing a second-gen Playbook. This move shouldn't be surprising given the Playbook's rousing success, especially when one considers that the Playbook won the 2010 Table World Series. Apparently, RIM's going to revolutionize the social networking landscape by renovating MySpace.

    The iPhone, by contrast outsold ALL ANDROID PHONES COMBINED on Verizon in Q4 of 2011. And Nielsen reports that the Android sales are declining whereas the iPhone is on an upward trajectory.

    But of course, Google's greatest accomplishments are always six months way.

    Given that Apple just had the second largest profitable quarter in the history of the world, I think that developers–developers that want to eat, sleep somewhere secure, get laid and enjoy life–will stick with the smart money, and the smart money is on a bitten piece of fruit.