Developer support to Windows Phone grows: Strategy Analytics

Over 32 percent developers indicated that they would support Windows Phone next year, double the 16 percent which created apps for the Microsoft platform in 2013, said Strategy Analytics.

HTML5 and Firefox also fared well, according to findings of the survey polled over 1,600 active mobile app developers.

Android and iOS are the top platforms, with 84 percent and 68 percent respectively of developers targeting those platforms. 74 percent of Android developers and 65 percent of iOS developers cited user base as a reason for their continued support.

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Of the other platforms, HTML5 ranked third in terms of developer support with 33 percent developing for HTML5 this year, rising to 43 percent expecting to develop next year. However, one third of those developers use HTML5 as a tool to develop for other platforms.

Therefore, it seems that Windows Phone looks set to become the third ecosystem, as predicted by Elop in the infamous burning platform memo. In contrast, support for Symbian next year is slightly under 2 percent of our developer panel.

Firefox is gathering quite a bit of developer support, and in fact showed the biggest rise, with more than triple the number of developers expecting to support that platform next year.

Only 3 percent of developers created something for the platform this year, but following successful launches in Latin America, Spain and a handful of other European markets, 10 percent of developers expect to be creating apps for those handsets in the coming year.

Tizen also seems to have piqued developer interest, albeit to a lesser extent than Firefox, 2 percent developed apps this year, but 5 percent expect to support Tizen next year.

editor@gizmolead.com

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