iPad Mobile App Developer Interest Outpaces Other Platforms

Now that Apple has launched the iPad App Store and people are beginning to see just what Steve Jobs & Co.'s latest creation can do, interest in the platform seems to be accelerating. But developer interest in the iPad in particular is coming at the expense of smartphone platforms.

Mobile app market researcher Flurry monitors new project starts by developers within its system of vendors, to gauge interest across mobile platforms. It is tracking more than 20,000 app projects across a multitude of platforms, and since Apple introduced the iPad in late January, developer interest has been building.

In 2009, the iPhone accounted for 78 percent of Flurry-tracked projects, followed by the Android at 18 percent and BlackBerry at 4 percent. Now, the iPad takes up 22 percent of those projects, iPhone 67 percent, Android 10 percent and 1 percent for BlackBerry.

That would seem to be bad news for everyone except Apple, but the percentages don't match the numbers. For example, Flurry notes that there were 300 new Android projects in March, a 50 percent increase from February's new project starts.

"In short, more developers are building more apps. The total pie is growing significantly, month over month," wrote Peter Farago, vice president of marketing on the Flurry blog. "Android's percent has declined because iPhone and iPad growth is increasing at a rate faster than that of Android."

iPhone development has grown at an incredible pace in just the two years the App Store has been open. Flurry has noted that 35,000 developers have released an application for the iPhone, which translates into 58 new publishers landing on the App Store per day and the process and tools to develop for the iPad is similar.

One vendor losing out is Research in Motion. Of the projects tracked by Flurry in 2009, 4 percent were for the BlackBerry. As of this March that was down to 1 percent.

First iPad Mobile Device Reviews

The first reviews of the iPad are starting to come out in major news outlets. The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg loved it; The New York Times called it a gigantic iPod Touch -- but added that was a good thing; USA Today was very positive and PC Magazine gave a balanced look at its strengths and weaknesses.

In addition, gadget site Gizmodo has posted its list of essential iPad apps, many of which are ports from the iPhone but spruced up for the larger, higher resolution screen.

Among them is the Netflix player with streaming video download support, MLB At Bat, an iPhone app ported up to the iPad that shows games or simulates them if they are blacked out, a number of color news viewers and even a reader for Marvel comics

The iPad went on sale in very limited numbers around the country on Saturday, April 3. Those who pre-ordered will be receiving theirs in the mail shortly.

Andy Patrizio is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.


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