Google may dominate the cloud computing market. It may also be the most popular operating system, although this is more by default, I think, than anything else. However, it is Apple that apparently dominates the app market.
What’s more, it appears that Apple has now extended its lead further as a result of a reduction in interest in Android apps. Other companies such as RIM trail poorly.
While in some respects this is perhaps not that surprising since Android apps have had something of a torrid time this past 12 months, what is surprising is BlackBerry’s fall from grace. It seems Microsoft apps are now more popular and have overtaken BlackBerry.
The above findings come after developers were asked who they prefer to work for. Now I know that developers were starting to become disinterested in Android, but I hadn’t realised that interest in BlackBerry had taken a tumble. This news will not come as good news for the Canadian outfit that thought they were on the way back from their recent doldrums.
Google, however, is still holding its own where web-based applications are concerned; including social media. In fact a resounding two-thirds of developers surveyed suggest that Facebook could be caught by increasing use of many of Google’s products, in particular search, Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps.
One expert told reuters.com: “The engagement with the developers gives Google the ability to punch well above its weight in terms of mobile and social.”
The survey asked 2,200 developers across Europe, North America and elsewhere. So it is a comprehensive piece of research.