RIM's PlayBook is attracting increased developer interest, but lags behind both the iPad and Android tablets in a new survey by Appcelerator and IDC.
Developers are increasingly interested in Research In
Motion's upcoming PlayBook platform, at least according to new survey data
posted by Appcelerator and research firm IDC. However, that same data suggests
the iPad and Android tablets continue to dominate developers' attention.
Appcelerator and IDC surveyed some 2,235 Appcelerator
Titanium developers earlier in January on "perceptions surrounding mobile OS
priorities, feature priorities, and mobile development plans in 2011," according
to a note posted on Appcelerator's Website
Based on 1,971 developers' responses, the percentage "very
interested" in developing for the PlayBook platform has increased from 16
percent in September 2010 to 28 percent this month.
By contrast, interest in developing for the iPad rose from 84 percent to 87
percent during that same period. Interest in Android tablets bumped from 62
percent to 74 percent.
In other words, despite that accelerating interest in the
PlayBook, the platform continues to lag behind most competing tablets-except
for the still-hypothetical devices running Palm webOS, which placed last among
tablets with 16 percent "very interested."
Hewlett-Packard, which acquired Palm in 2010, has yet to
announce any tablets running the operating system, although it is expected to
do so at a Feb. 9 event. Rumors
are also circulating that HP plans on introducing a netbook running webOS
in addition to tablets and smartphones.
Competition with tablets is due to increase exponentially
throughout the rest of 2011. In addition to the next-generation iPad expected
to debut sometime in the next few months, manufacturers ranging from Toshiba to
Motorola have Android-based tablets in the works. Seeking to differentiate
itself within that crowded field, RIM plans on marketing the PlayBook as a
device with particular appeal to the enterprise, a longtime customer base for
the BlackBerry franchise.
The publication DigiTimes recently suggested that
both Motorola and RIM have placed substantial tablet orders with their
Taiwanese component makers
. RIM will launch a WiFi-only version of the
PlayBook this quarter, with
a 4G-enabled version available via Sprint by summer
Consultancy firm Deloitte recently estimated tablet
shipments in 2011 at 50 million units, ahead of research firm IDC's predictions
of 44.6 million units for the year. "Although some commentators view tablets as
underpowered media-consumption toys suitable only for consumers," Deloitte
reportedly wrote in its annual sector forecast
, "in 2011, more than 25
percent of all tablet computers will be bought by enterprises, and that figure
is likely to rise in 2012 and beyond."