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CES 2011 Caused a Spike in Developer Android Tablet Interest?

Jan 25 2011, 11:25am CST | by , in News | Tablets

CES 2011 Caused a Spike in Developer Android Tablet Interest?
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MeeGo is still far behind.

A new study from the IDC today shows that Android tablets are catching up to iOS in terms of developer interest. A big chunk of this appears to be attributable to the tablet blitz at CES 2011.

In September of 2010, dev interest in Android tablets stood at 62%. As of this month, it is up to 74%. The BlackBerry PlayBook (deservedly) saw an equally large spike in interest after its appearance at the show. 16% of devs found it compelling in September, and 28% are interested now. The iPad saw gains- although they were much smaller, from 84% to 87%.

This survey also revealed that 57% of developers find price to be the most important factor in a tablet's success. That's bad news for the $799 Motorola Xoom. When looking towards the iPad 2, devs looked forward to new cameras, a USB slot and an improved retina display.

Finally, this new survey shows that Android has nearly succeeded in gaining as much dev interest (as a smartphone OS) as iOS. Apple holds the top spot in interest with 92% of developers 'very interested' in working on it. Android is a blisteringly close second, with 87%. Windows Phone 7 is far behind with just 36%...but that gap could close in short order.

Poor, possibly-doomed little MeeGo is at the very bottom, with just 6% of developers interested. It looks like my impressions from that developer's conference were right. MWC 2011 had better go really well for this fledgling OS, or I fear buzzards on the horizon.

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