updated 09:05 pm EST, Mon November 14, 2011
Kindle Fire tops in Android devs, iOS still ahead
Amazon's just-shipping Kindle Fire has already become the most desired target for Android apps, an Appcelerator study found. Of the Android developers it tracked on all platforms, 49 percent in North America wanted to target the reader tablet. It had already managed to become second worldwide, at 43 percent.
The results were somewhat damaging for other Android makers that should theoretically have an advantage with Android Market and a more established platform. Samsung's Galaxy Tab line was ahead worldwide, at 56 percent, but behind the Kindle Fire in the US at 48 percent. The Xoom was roughly at the same level worldwide at 35 to 37 percent. The Barnes & Noble Nook Color and the Nook Tablet, both Amazon's clearest rivals, were as popular as the HTC Flyer at 24 to 25 percent.
Support for the Amazon tablet might not get higher because of inherent limitations, developers said. They cited further Android fragmentation and a lack of features like a camera or Wi-Fi location finding discouraged them from writing separate code.
In spite of the Kindle Fire's rise, iOS was still well out in front for genuine developer interest, at 91 percent of all developers wanting to write for the iPhone and 88 percent for the iPad. Android as a whole, meanwhile, fell to 83 percent for phones and 68 percent for tablets. iOS 5 had helped cement Apple's lead in interest, Appcelerator said, while taking a small number of developers away from Android.
Google TV was facing its own slide. In spite of Google TV 2.0's app support, interest had halved from 44 percent to 20 percent. Apple TV faced a gentler drop from 40 to 27 percent, but it has also never had an announced app ecosystem.
Windows Phone, meanwhile, was seeing a minor resurgence. Demand was higher than for a year ago, and nearly half of those who'd said they were more interested, 48 percent, said that the Nokia deal had clinched their support. About 28 percent of developers wanted to target the Lumia phones by name.
RIM might have faced the most trouble. Interest in writing BlackBerry phone apps had cut by a quarter to 21 percent, and PlayBook involvement had dropped by a third, to 13 percent.