App developers moving to the big screen (tablets, not TVs)

App developers moving to the big screen (tablets, not TVs)

Summary: One group has its eyes on the tablet space, and that is app developers, according to a new IDC survey. Developers are far more likely to make tablet apps than apps for the BlackBerry and Windows Phone.

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One group has its eyes on the tablet space, and that is app developers, according to a new IDC survey. This makes sense as smartphone app stores are crowded with hundreds of thousands of apps, while the young tablet market is wide open. Results of the survey promise good things for future tablet owners in respect to apps for the devices.

App developers are now thinking about building apps for the iPad and upcoming Android tablets almost as much as making apps for the iPhone, a big change in attitude. Developing apps for Android phones is about as desirable for respondents as working with the iPhone. Surprisingly, these developers are also looking at creating apps for the iPad and Android tablets as much as they are for Android phones. I'm no app developer nor do I play one on TV (although open to roles of all types), but this makes sense as the tablet segment is young enough for developers to make a difference. I would think the larger screened tablet would be easier to work than those small phones too.

How much are developers thinking about tablets? More of them plan to work with tablets than develop apps for either the BlackBerry or Windows Phone 7 platforms; quite a few more according to the chart at right. Another victim of the increased tablet focus is the connected TV which is losing traction with developers according to the survey.

Topics: Tablets, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Software Development

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  • Gee, big surprise you didn't show the OTHER chart

    Here is the link for your viewing pleasure:
    http://wmpoweruser.com/idc-survey-as-developers-go-cross-platform-windows-phone-7-sees-strongest-growth-in-phone-developer-interest/<br><br>The growth in developer interest is WP7 and <b>ALL</b> WP7 with iPhone stagnant.<br><br>Now, for <b>years</b> we've been hearing from the Apple zealots that the <b>growth</b> is all that counts and that growth rates between a product that has nearly 0 marketshare (OS X) is totally comparable to the growth rate of a product that has 90%+ marketshare (Windows).<br><br>So come on Apple zealots, cue the double standards. Please tell us why in this case, growth doesn't count.
    NonZealot
    • Give it time.

      @NonZealot
      You have to understand, people develope for the larger OS saturation, which in this point in time is iPhone and Android.

      It's like malware writers: they don't target Apple or Linux as it has such a small share of the market, theres no "ROI".

      In time as WP7 comes out to more carriers and more models, and the market share grows, developers will write for it.

      Look at Android early on: everyone was writing apps for the iPhone, not much in terms of Android. it took 2 years for developers to really see it as a business opportunity worth spending time and money writing for.
      AllKnowingAllSeeing
      • Oh, I'm not worried at all

        @AllKnowingAllSeeing
        With growth in iOS development stagnant and growth in WP7 development skyrocketing, I think it should be the Apple zealots who should be worried about what time will bring them. :)
        NonZealot
      • Sure sounds Like you're worried

        @NonZealot
        Judging from the frothing vitriol you constantly imbue. You needn't be however. This is exactly what we would expect. The iPhone market has almost half a million Apps and has already had over 10 billion downloads already. Of course growth will be bigger in the platform that has barely a fraction of that amount. Mobile Apps are a new booming market. I would hope they continue to boom on all the major platforms. In this economy we should be grateful that these industries are doing well.
        Tigertank
      • LOL, funny you don't use the same logic for Apple!!

        [i]Of course growth will be bigger in the platform that has barely a fraction of that amount.[/i]

        Funny because whenever anyone applies that same logic to OS X growth number, you Apple zealots all freak out and say [b]IT ISN'T TRUE!!![/b]

        [i]Sure sounds Like you're worried[/i]

        I have an iPhone so either way, I win. Nothing for me to be worried about. :)
        NonZealot
      • Fibber.

        @NZ<br>Show me where I said that OSX has a growing market for Applications. <br><br>See, NZ we can all play your childish games if you choose.<br>:)
        Tigertank
      • Childish?

        Since when is believing that we should be applying a single standard to 2 companies a childish belief?

        And like I said, I currently have an iPhone so really, it doesn't matter in the least to me who "wins". If Apple "wins", I'm already a winner. If MS "wins", I'll very happily switch to WP7, 8, 9, or whatever. It is the Apple zealots who are the only ones who can lose. :)
        NonZealot
      • Childish.

        @Nonzealot<br><br><i>Since when is believing that we should be applying a single standard to 2 companies a childish belief?</i><br><br>It's not. I never said that. That's the point.<br><br>Your daily stream of <i>tu quoque</i> and strawman fallacies operate on a juvenile level because they are so transparent yet you strut around after uttering them like some Second Foundation mental operative.
        Tigertank
    • RE: App developers moving to the big screen (tablets, not TVs)

      @NonZealot That article is discussing phones only, and when you add tablets to the mix as in my post you see a decidedly different story.
      JamesKendrick
      • You'll have to do better than that

        @JamesKendrick <br>Then why did you write this:<br><i>How much are developers thinking about tablets? More of them plan to work with tablets than develop apps for either the BlackBerry or <b>Windows Phone 7</b> platforms;</i><br><br>There are no WP7 tablets nor are there going to be any WP7 tablets in the near or medium term future.<br><br>Sorry James, your reply is disingenuous considering what you wrote in your article. You were more than happy to denigrate WP7 as a platform and when I showed another chart from the exact same study, you can't suddenly say that a chart showing [b]TREMENDOUS[/b] WP7 growth doesn't count.
        NonZealot
      • RE: App developers moving to the big screen (tablets, not TVs)

        @JamesKendrick
        Ok, I agree with your point, but you should have used this instead of that image because that has some OSes that are not officially announced for Tablets. Here is correct image though, http://www.appcelerator.com/company/survey-results/mobile-developer-report-january-2011/
        Ram U
  • RE: App developers moving to the big screen (tablets, not TVs)

    Why not TV's?
    edkollin
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