The Other Guys
If you plan on getting a BlackBerry Playbook this year, it's hard to say what your app future will look like. Right now, only 28 percent of developers surveyed are interested in the new BlackBerry tablet, but that interest has grown by 12 percent since RIM announced the device in September. If you're planning on snapping up one of the unannounced WebOS tablets, keep in mind that you may have to wait a while for new apps. Only 16 percent of survey respondents said they were very interested in developing for Hewlett-Packard's WebOS.
Android: It's All About the Price
Despite recent complaints about developing for multiple Android devices, mobile developers were more concerned about price than device fragmentation. The survey found that 57 percent of mobile developers said success for Android tablets was tied to pricing. That doesn't bode well for the recently announced Microsoft Xoom, which has a rumored price tag of $800. Only 49 percent said the biggest stumbling block for Android was fragmentation.
The Appcelerator/IDC survey also found the feature developers were most hoping to see, and take advantage of, in the iPad 2 was a camera.
It's going to be a big year for tablets in 2011, but for mobile developers there appear to be only two choices for apps: iPad and anything Android.