Android is winning over open source mobile developers, according to a new analysis by Black Duck Software.
Some 224 new projects specifically related to Android were launched in 2009, almost three times the number targeted for the iPhone, which at 76 is the second-fastest growing platform. Windows Mobile, which like the iPhone is not based on an open source software platform, was third with 75 new projects, reflecting the large number of Windows application developers in the market.
Highlights from the analysis include:
· New OSS projects for mobile totaled 3,207, a 39% increase compared to new projects created in 2008.
· New projects for Android represented 25% of all new OSS mobile projects and exceeded the number of new projects for the next six platforms combined.
· Forty six percent of the new projects were for one of the major platforms – Palm, iPhone, Windows Mobile, Symbian, Android, RIM/BlackBerry, or Maemo.
· 2009 saw an 85% increase over 2008 in the number of lines of code written for mobile OSS projects.
“Strong growth in open source mobile projects reflects the sustained strength of the smart phone market, and Android’s accelerating growth in 2009 indicates that mobile application developers are drawn to open source platforms that have broad adoption by multiple handset manufacturers and mobile operators,” said Peter Vescuso, executive vice president, marketing and business development, Black Duck Software.
“Although RIM continues to dominate the smartphone market and Symbian accounts for some 49 percent of worldwide smartphone operating systems, Android’s open source platform appears to be attracting more open source development among mobile application developers.”