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Mobile Applications

Mobile Applications are still a new concept to many

We may live in a world with more mobile phones than people, but it seems app development is still lagging behind. Surveying 3000 IT professionals, Progress Software’s State of Mobility Survey 2015, study found that over half were either “brand new” to mobile development or had never built a mobile app. Of the developers that do make mobile apps, nearly half only create one a year.

Android is the platform of choice for mobile developers – 76% of developers create apps for Google’s OS, compared to 63% who work on iOS apps. Even those developers realise however, that the sheer scale of Android can’t be ignored, with over 80% of iOS developers also developing for Android. Just 40% of developers create apps for Windows Phone.

Interestingly, the report also showed where priorities lie in the near future. Nearly a half of respondents said they were developing Internet of Things-based applications compared to just 20% who said they were working on wearables, showing that despite Apple’s push, wearables might not be the big deal many expected.

The report also found that the importance of desktop applications has fallen as web has increased, while nearly a fifth feel that virtual reality apps for devices such as the Oculus Rift will gain traction soon.

So what does this mean? Perhaps we’re closing in on a saturation point where the number of new mobile apps has reached critical mass and developers are starting to move on to VR and the potential goldmine that is the IoT. Or perhaps there’s such a shortage of skills and effective tools that building apps is now slowed to a glacial pace.

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Dan is a journalist at CSO Online. Previously he was Senior Staff Writer at IDG Connect.

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