Report Finds Developers Favor Android Over iPhone in Record Numbers

Report Finds Developers Favor Android Over iPhone in Record Numbers
If you believe that where developers go, consumers will follow, then Android has a far brighter future than does the iPhone. A just completed survey of developers by Appcelerator and IDC found that 58.6% of developers believe Android has the best long-term outlook, compared to 34.9% who believe that the iPhone and iPad operating system has a better outlook.

Appcelerator and IDC conducted the survey of 2,363 Appcelerator Titanium developers from September 14-16. Back in June, the same survey found that 54.0% of developers believed Android had the best long-term outlook compared to iOS at 40.4%. Appcelerator notes about the results of its newest survey compared to the previous one:

Fast forward three months beyond a successful iPhone 4 launch and Apple's recent announcement that it would be easing restrictions on developers and...this gap has widened 10.1 points. Now 58.6% of respondents in our new survey believe Android has a better long-term outlook over iOS (34.9%).

Why are developers so bullish on Android? One big reason is that 72% of developers believe that Android "is best positioned to power a large number and variety of connected devices in the future" in the words of the report, compared to 35% who believe that iOS is beter positioned.

Developers also favor Google slightly over Apple when it comes to developing for connected TVs, with 44% 'very interested' in developing for Google TV compared to 40% for Apple TV.

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