The app war between Apple and Google is heating up. While the iPhone OS had a huge lead in developer interest from the start, Android has mostly caught up over the last year. Electronista reports that a new Appcelerator study shows the two platforms neck and neck for developer interest. Android started this year at 68%, but they've shot up to 81% this month.
That leaves them very close to the iPhone, which still hovers at 87%. The iPhone's numbers haven't changed much in the last few months. This has to be a tad worrying for Apple, but they still enjoy overwhelming superiority in the app market.
This news does show that Android is quickly turning into the “second platform” for many different developers. It also says some worrying things about the iPad. When the tablet was first unveiled, dev interest stood at a healthy 58%. In the intervening months, it has dropped down to 53%. The number of devs who intend to program on the iPad within the next year is also down from 90% to 80%.
Again, this isn't exactly terrifying news for Apple, but they have to be viewing it with at least a little worry. The gap is closing, and their app store policies are finally starting to push some people away. Maybe the time for multi-tasking and a clearer set of app standards is now.