According to an Evans Data survey, a broad majority of developers say they expect the development of applications for wireless devices to grow or stay the same despite the economy. The survey also shows that 40 percent more developers plan to target Windows Mobile than Apple iPhone, and 46 percent more plan to target the NET Compact Framework than Google's Android platform.
According to a recent Evans Data survey, although the recession may be
impacting some elements of the IT industry, it is not having much, if any,
impact on the market for developing applications for wireless devices.
The results of the survey show that 94 percent of corporate developers
expect the development of wireless enterprise applications to either increase
or stay the same in the coming year, with the strongest expectations for growth
in the Asia-Pacific region. Indeed, 47.6 percent of the developers
surveyed said they expect the level of development to increase and 46.4 percent
said they expect it to stay the same-only 6 percent of developers said they
expect development efforts to decrease.
In addition, among commercial developers, two-thirds expect the average
revenue per user to increase in 2009, according to the recently released
Wireless Development Survey, an in-depth survey of more than 400 wireless
"These results continue to support significant opportunity within the mobile
application development segment for both the corporate enterprise and
commercially focused developer," stated John Andrews, president and CEO
of Evans Data. "Furthermore, mobile developers are beginning to understand that
mobile development is now a commercially driven endeavor rather than just
technological capability and performance, with more than half emphasizing
market understanding and marketing skills as key elements to their success."
Moreover, when selecting a wireless platform to target, money was the
most important consideration by far, with revenue potential cited by a quarter
of the developers and 21 percent identifying bigger marketing
opportunities. By contrast, only 15 percent said platform openness was the
most important consideration-an ironic consideration in the current fractured
world of siloed wireless development platforms.
The survey also showed that 40 percent more developers plan to target
Windows Mobile than Apple iPhone, and 46 percent more plan to target the NET
Compact Framework than Google's Android platform. In addition, SOAP (Simple
Object Access Protocol)/X M L Remote Procedure Call are currently being used by
twice as many wireless developers as REST (Representational State Transfer).
Developers surveyed also said 40 percent of wireless development projects
take three to six months to complete, with 60 percent completed in less than