IDC and Appcelerator said Android smartphones and tablet computers are gaining in popularity on Apple's iPhone and iPad. The survey sets up some interesting competition in 2011.
Google has nearly caught up
to Apple in smartphone popularity and is closing the gap in tablets, according
to 2,200 developers polled by Appcelerator and IDC earlier this month.
The joint survey showed
87 percent of respondents are "very interested" in writing
applications for Android smartphones, compared with 92 percent who selected the
iPhone as the top device. Android handset sales have passed iPhone in the U.S.,
in Apple's iPad rose three points to 87 percent. Android tablets
are hardly equal to the iPad in market share, which saw 15 million-plus
computers ship this year.
However, interest in writing
applications for Android tablets jumped 12 points to 74 percent from the
previous IDC-Appcelerator survey three months ago.
Respondents said they are
"very interested" in developing for Android tablets. More than half
of developers claimed price will be the most important factor for success,
followed by minimized fragmentation and the availability of the Android 3.0
Price and minimized fragmentation
could be big sticking points. Android platform head Eric Chu said Jan. 25 that
he was displeased with the amount of money rolling in from paid applications.
Meanwhile, phone makers such
as Samsung have been slow
to roll out
upgrades from Android 2.1 to Android 2.2, which has been out
since the beginning of the summer.
Despite these issues and the
immense popularity of the iPad, Apple will face challenges from several Android
machines this year.
IDC and Appcelerator said
"85 new, primarily Android tablets" were unveiled or announced at
CES, though the Consumer Electronics Association compiled this chart showing
than 100 touch-screen computers.
Two of those shown off
include the Motorola
, which is expected to launch Feb. 17 from Best Buy and Verizon
Wireless, and the Toshiba
, which does not yet have a name.
Both are powered by Nvidia
Tegra 2 processors and are based on Android 3.0, which is imbued with 3-D
capabilities and has been optimized for the tablet touch-screen to make inputting
View the full
IDC-Appcelerator report here