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.
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.