The battered economy is not stopping wireless developers from building enterprise applications for devices, according to a new study from analysts Evans Data.
The survey of more than 400 wireless developers worldwide in the commercial and corporate enterprise realms found that 94% of corporate developers expect development of wireless enterprise applications to either increase or stay the same in the coming year. Evans' Wireless Development Survey, completed in December, reveals that 47.6% believe development will increase, while 46.4% expect it to remain constant.
"I think the biggest driver on the enterprise side is the fact that many of the wireless applications that are being developed for the enterprise are improving productivity, which of course is key," says John Andrews, Evans president and CEO. Commercial developers, meanwhile, are driven by revenue, he says. Among the types of applications being built are location-based services and games, Andrews says.
Strongest expectations for growth came in the Asia-Pacific region. A mere 6% of developers expect wireless application-building to decrease.
Revenue potential was cited by a quarter of developers as the most important consideration when selecting a wireless platform as a deployment target. Twenty-one percent identified bigger marketing opportunities in selecting a platform. Only 15% named platform openness as the most important consideration.
Two thirds of commercial developers expect average revenue per user to increase in 2009.
Java Platform ME (Micro Edition) was the top platform of choice in the survey, with 35% choosing it as their deployment target. But in the last survey six months ago, 40% had targeted Java ME. Microsoft's .Net Compact Framework dropped to 33% after being the platform of choice for 43% of developers in the last survey.
Market adoption of Windows Mobile remained flat, with 33% targeting it as opposed to 31% in the mid-2008 survey. Apple's iPhone jumped in the survey from 8% eyeing it six months ago to 20% in the new survey.
Google's Android rose to 18% in the new survey after registering with 7.5% of developers in the last survey.
The survey also found that SOAP/XMP RPC is being used by twice as many wireless developers as REST and that 40% of wireless development projects take three to six months to complete while 60% are done in fewer than six months.