Today marks the release of our latest developer survey, the largest of its kind. The survey finds some interesting market trends, all from a group of folks who’ve proven to be wily prognosticators of the mobile space.
One of the most striking trends shows tablets fast becoming the next computing platform. But as the graphic below shows, not all tablets are created equal. Developers reporting to be “very interested” in building apps for Android tablets were a significantly smaller number than those reporting the same for Android phones. Whereas both iOS and Windows showed a much narrower discrepancy between form factors. Is Android’s fragmentation problem catching up?
Recent findings confirm that laptop and desktop sales continue to decline, with tablets taking the lion’s share of growth. And enterprises seem to be taking note. It’s probably not a coincidence that as developers move to build for the tablet, they’re also reporting a greater interest in, and from, the enterprise. For example:
Developers reporting plans to build B2B or B2E apps grew from 29.3% in Q410 to 42.7% in Q213.
63% of developers reported “increased” or “greatly increased” enterprise demand for their skills over the past six months.
In Q410, 38% of developers said they expected to be building for enterprise app stores; that number is up to 51% in the latest survey.
As for other hot topics… What about Google Glass? Will Nexus save Android from fragmentation? Which OS has the best chance to claim the third spot behind iOS and Android?
For thoughts on those questions and more, take a look at the full report. And let us know what YOU think!