iOS leads Android in Enterprise Mobile App Development with Windows 8 Quickly Gaining Momentum

Appcelerator completed a survey of more than 3,500 developers from around the world in Q2 2012. The findings reveal that developers are:

  1. Focused on creating mobile applications for the enterprise with Apple poised to take the lead.
  2. Developers are interested in Microsoft's Windows 8 platform.
  3. Cloud services will play a big role in developing mobile apps moving forward.

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Apple's iOS took a dramatic lead over Google's Android in the enterprise app space based on the survey's findings. Android is evolving towards more of a consumer play, and this offers a competitive opening for Microsoft in the enterprise mobile app space.

iOS Has a Dramatic Enterprise Lead Over Android

Apple has a 16 percent lead over Google's Android when it came to which operating system they predict will win in the enterprise marketplace. 53.2 percent believed that iOS will win while 37.5 percent feel that Android will win.

In Q4 2011 developers viewed iOS and Android as being in a dead heat at 44 percent each. There has been a massive shift over the last year away from Android and toward Apple for mobile enterprise software development.

The Reasons for The Loss of Android Enterprise Interest

Reasons behind the loss of interest in Android enterprise development include Android malware, enterprise challenges in dealing with Android fragmentation, and the resulting anecdotal reporting of enterprises re-evaluating widespread Android deployment.

Microsoft Competitive Mobile Opportunity In The Enterprise

The survey found that developers are cautiously optimistic about Windows 8 tablets, and find Microsoft's Metro UI compelling. Analysts and developers are watching to see if Microsoft will squeeze into the number two spot for mobile enterprise app development, edging out Android.

Microsoft's strengths in the enterprise market through Office and Windows are seen as a huge Microsoft advantage. Developers and partners are particularly interested in seeing a clear path for porting ARM-based apps to x86-based architectures that is the foundation for Windows 8 tablets. It is up to Microsoft to deliver a clear path for porting ARM-based apps to the Windows 8 x86 mobile architecture.

Reshuffling of the Top Three Mobile Operating Systems

Developers' optimism for Windows 8 tablets and phones is shaping up to be the beginning of the next operating system battle. There is a possible reshuffling of the top three operating systems for mobile device.

BlackBerry fades from the developer mindshare. Android will be the king of the consumer market. Apple will dominate in the enterprise, and Windows is in the process of finding its place on the leader board.

Mobile Developers Remain Committed to the Cloud

Finally, mobile developers remain committed to the cloud: 83 percent of all developers plan to use cloud services and also intend to use a cloud solution for the back end.

Apple's iCloud and Amazon's cloud platform are the top two platforms of interest.

Microsoft's Azure trails in a distant third with tentative and lukewarm interest. This may be the number one challenging facing Microsoft as it seeks to translate it's enterprise strengths in Windows and Office into mobile success.

Multi-Platform Tools Are Used by Two-Thirds of Developers

Sixty-six percent of mobile application developers use multiple platform development tools to build apps.

Multi-platform tools are critical for developers because the mobile app space is fragmented by many operating systems. There is a relentless demand to simultaneously release mobile software on multiple mobile platforms. Enterprise apps within the enterprise must reach all the devices employees bring to the office environment.

Mobile's Pendulum is Swinging from Consumer to Enterprise Applications

In Q4 2012, interest in enterprise applications is gaining significant momentum.

Developer mindshare for enterprise apps sits firmly in the Apple iOS camp. Android has many issues that pose a challenge to enterprise software development and Microsoft has an opportunity to translate its strengths within the enterprise into success gaining market share in the mobile enterprise app space.