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Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 27 January 2010 19:16

From Computer World

90% want to build software for new device; productivity apps leads to-do list

Software developers are eager to start building applications for Apple Inc.'s expected tablet, according to a just-published survey from Appcelerator Inc., a maker of developer tools.

Of the 550 developers surveyed by Appcelerator, nine out of 10 said they plan on creating an Apple tablet application in the next year, said Scott Schwarzhoff, Appcelerator's head of marketing. "Developers are overwhelmingly enthusiastic about the tablet," he said.

And even though the details of Apple's new product are unknown, the expected Apple tablet was the third most popular development platform among survey respondents, beating out some more established systems. According to Schwarzhoff, 58% of the developers polled identified the Apple tablet as one of their preferred development platforms, putting it behind the iPhone, named by 86% of the respondents, and Google's Android mobile operating system (68%), but well ahead of the BlackBerry (21%) and the Palm Pre (17%).

"I think there will be a lot of frenzy over the tablet, a lot of experimentation by developers," Schwarzhoff said.

Unlike other prelaunch clues, including metrics from devices being used on Apple's Cupertino, Calif., campus, which have pegged e-book applications and games as the most likely uses of an Apple tablet, the developers polled by Appcelerator were interested in a wider range of software. The top five categories for tablet development were business/productivity, entertainment, social networking, education and games, in that order.  [More...] [Comments...]



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