Smartphone developers preparing for Android switch

Developers who are currently creating iFart applications for the iPhone are biding their time for Android to become more mainstream, according to a new survey.

The survey, conducted jointly by Appcelerator and IDC shows that the majority of mobile application developers see Google’s Android as the smart bet in the long run.

While they are currently using Apple’s iOS in the short term, they have indicated that they will jump ship the moment Android becomes more widely accepted.

The poll was of more than 2,300 developers who use Appcelerator’s Titanium cross-platform compiler to produce iOS and Android native applications using JavaScript, HTML and CSS.

Of those developers, 59 percent said that Android had the “best long-term outlook,” compared to just 35 per cent who thought Apple’s iOS had a future.

While they think that in the long term Android will win, in the short term they think it is all about the iOS, which powers the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.

Three out of every four developers said that iOS offers the best “near-term” outlook, with 76 percent thinking that Apple’s operating system was the best way to make dosh.

What will make it difficult for Jobs’ Mob in the long term is that the bulk of developers viewed Android as the best operating system to use in other hardware.

Things like Google TV and other home appliances were behind 72 percent thinking that Android was the “best positioned to power a large number of connected devices in the future.”

More than 62 percent of those polled said they were “very interested” in working up software for Android tablets, a number slightly higher than pre-launch enthusiasm for Apple’s iPad.

Android tablets however are less interesting than the iPad apparently. The Appcelerator / IDC survey said more than 84 percent of developers were “very interested” in developing for Apple’s tablet.

It looks like the tablets will become a battleground between Google and Apple.

Only 15 percent of the polled developers said they’re “very interested” in Palm’s WebOS, while 14 percent said anything about BlackBerry. It does not seem that Windows Mobile 7 got a look in.