When asked to rank the capabilities that carriers offer to developers, those in North America ranked AT&T better than all competitors in four essential areas, according to Evans Data.
AT&T was ranked best in Mobile Application Distribution by 37 percent - almost twice as many Sprint, which was rated second in that category. Twenty-six percent chose AT&T as having the best Tool Offerings – almost a quarter more than T-Mobile, the next choice. AT&T also edged out Verizon as the carrier with the best Supported Technologies and the best Market Potential. When all four categories were combined, AT&T was selected as tops by almost twice as many developers than the next closest competitor, Verizon.
“AT&T has been diligent in creating a full service developer program, and obviously values developers and understand their importance” said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data Corp. “Of course the exclusive arrangement with Apple helped them gain steam in app distribution and market potential and that edge may disappear now, but the all important basics like tool offerings and supported technologies are a notch above at AT&T according to North American mobile developers.”
The Mobile Development survey is conducted twice a year and focuses on mobile development on a worldwide basis. It includes such as topics as platforms, APIs, app stores and application distribution, and other mobile development topics. Other highlights from this annual survey include:
---Seventy-three percent of mobile developers plan to extend enterprise apps to mobile devices in the next 12 months.
---Java is the most targeted platform with 62 percent currently creating mobile Java apps – more than iPhone, Android, or any other platform.
---Seventy-six percent are concerned about government interference in the mobile market, and 32% are very concerned.