Developers embrace Apple's iPad, snub RIM's Blackberry

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

A recent survey by Flurry Analytics indicates that at least 22 percent of new application starts over the past 60 days were designated for Apple's iPad tablet. 

"Since Apple introduced the iPad in late January, Flurry noted a significant spike in developer support, [demonstrating] early excitement for the promise of the device," explained company spokesperson Peter Farago.

"As April 3 draws near, developers continue to develop for the iPad at a fever pitch. [Yesterday], Apple added a toggle switch to its online iTunes store that allows consumers to view apps available specifically developed for the iPad. About 2,000 iPad apps were listed upon our initial count."

Farago also noted that Android's share of new project started has decreased from 18% to 10%. However, he emphasized that Android was most assuredly not on the decline.

"In fact, the opposite is true, as we count approximately 300 new Android projects in March, which represents a 50% increase over February," said Farago.

"Android's percent has declined because iPhone and iPad growth is increasing at a rate faster than that of Android. In short, more developers are building more apps. The total pie is growing significantly, month over month."

Meanwhile, support for RIM's Blackberry continued to diminish at an alarming rate with a mere 1 percent share - which decreased from a 4 percent total share for all of 2009.