An IDC and Appcelerator report found two-thirds of developers connect their apps to Facebook–tops among popular social services.The iPhone and iPad still capture the most developer interest, with Google Android phones and Android tablets next in line, according to a survey by IT research firm IDC and Appcelerator. The report also found two-thirds of developers report connecting their apps to Facebook–tops among popular social services. The next most popular service, Twitter, was a full 13 percentage points behind, with 52.7 percent. This lead can’t be chalked up solely to Facebook’s authentication service, the report noted. When asked how they were managing user authentication inside their apps, most developers reported relying on traditional Web protocols (38.8 percent) or specific methods such as SAML or OAuth (21 percent). Social media services such as Facebook were third at 19.1 percent.
Meanwhile, the number of developers reporting to be "very interested" in building apps on HTML5 fell to 59.9 percent—the lowest since tracking for that specification began in April 2011. Interest in HTML5 peaked in July 2012 at 72.7 percent, and has shown an uneven but downward slope since.