HTML5's Continuing Rise
It’s a multi-device world, and developers can no longer afford to play favorites.
According to Vision Mobile’s latest Developer Economics report, Apple’s developer Mindshare has slipped to 52 percent (from 56 percent in January 2013) while HTML5 has jumped two percentage points from a year ago to 52 percent.
As Apple’s market share slips to Google's surging little green robot, developers are increasingly turning to HTML5 as a way to embrace both iOS and Android.
The State of the Developer Nation report contains data and insights on the leading mobile platforms (Android, BlackBerry 10, HTML5, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows 8), comparing them across key metrics, such as Developer Mindshare, revenue opportunities, prioritization across regions, adoption criteria, use of third-party tools, and most popular app revenue models.
Key insights from the report include:
- Android continues to dominate Developer Mindshare with 71 percent of developers that target mobile platforms developing for Android. 37 percent of mobile developers use HTML5 as a platform, i.e. to develop mobile websites, or web-apps.
- iOS commands the most loyal developers with 59 percent of developers that target iOS prioritizing it over any other platform
- Tablets attract 83 percent of app developers but just 12 percent of developers target tablets as their primary development screen.
- Sixty percent of developers are below the “app poverty line”, e.g. earn less than $500 per app per month, according to the latest Developer Economics survey.
- Contract development is now the most popular revenue model, with 26 percent of app developers now developing apps on commission