Google has nearly caught up to Apple in smartphone popularity and is closing the gap in tablets, according to a new report from Appcelerator and IDC.
This year, developers and businesses expect to triple their app development and the average developer is now building for four different devices.
Highlights from the report include:
*Tablet interest spikes across the board: Android Tablet interest jumped 12 points in three months to 74% of respondents saying they are ‘very interested’ in developing for these devices. Interest in BlackBerry Playbook nearly doubled from 16% to 28%. iPad rose three points to 87%, while webOS Tablet interest remained flat at 16%.
*With the Android Tablet market set to explode this year, 57% of developers say price will be the most important factor for success, followed by minimized fragmentation (49%) and then Android Honeycomb OS capabilities (33%).
*Android phone interest (87% ‘very interested’) rose 5 points to tie iPad and close to within 5 points of iPhone (92%). Yet Apple continues to be the number one priority with over 10 billion app sales to date.