Life is tough when you’re trying to come from behind against Android and iPhone in the mobile market, which means you’ve gotta take your victories wherever you can get them.

Which is why Microsoft may feel good, for a moment, about a new Appcelerator/IDC study this morning showing that it has edged out RIM’s BlackBerry as the No. 3 mobile platform based on interest among app developers. But then comes the explanation. From the findings …

“Microsoft edges RIM to become the third horse, but there is not much cause for celebration in Redmond as respondents’ interest in Microsoft and RIM dropped substantially compared to last quarter. Microsoft fell seven points, with only 29% of developers saying they are ‘very interested’ in the Windows Phone 7, while BlackBerry phones dropped eleven points to 27%. On the upside, and in part as a result of Microsoft’s partnership announcement with Nokia, Windows Phone 7 interest fell four points less than BlackBerry to make Microsoft the new number three in developer interest behind Apple and Google.”

Of course, surveys can always be disputed, and Microsoft has been pointing recently to its own stats showing momentum for Windows Phone among app developers. And all of this will be moot in four years, when Microsoft’s Nokia deal will make Windows Phone the No. 2 player, behind only Android. At least, that’s the recent prediction from both IDC and Gartner.

The Appcelerator/IDC survey from April 11-13 gauged the opinions of more than 2,700 app developers. Toward the top of the market, the survey showed Google losing some momentum overall based on the lukewarm response to Android tablets.

On the flip side, a separate survey released by Nielsen this morning indicates that consumer interest in Android is growing in the U.S., now topping the iPhone in domestic market share.

Comments

  • Anonymous

    So Appcelerator, a company that creates development software for iPhone and Android (not WP7 or other mobile OSes) does a survey among ITS USERS and comes to the conclusion that… only iPhone and Android are of interest for the Appcelerator developers….. Hmmmmm…. Yeah…. great “broad” survey……. meaningful results…….. (NOT!)

  • Guest

    I thought the double negative in the headline of this story was kind of weird, but after reading it – it was highly appropriate! :o)

  • Lurker

    “And all of this will be moot in four years, when Microsoft’s Nokia deal will make Windows Phone the No. 2 player”

    Really? What will Nokia’s current customers do if they want to upgrade before a good Windows Phone device is available?

  • Guest

    c’mon Todd. I’ve forwarded your site to all my friends in the past because you guys are usually good with your background research and seeing through the B.S. You really screwed the pooch with this one. This is not even news. It’s a biased sample that they surveyed as they only surveyed iOS and Android developers. Appcelerator doesn’t even work for WP7. I sure hope you print some sort of clarification or I’ll just have to lump you in with the rest of the sensationalists…

  • Guest

    p.s. really, the news is that 29% of iOS and Android devs want to dev for WP7.

  • Guest

    p.s. really, the news is that 29% of iOS and Android devs want to dev for WP7.

  • http://www.experts123.com Y.S.

    There are only about 15,000 apps on the Windows Phone market, so it doesn’t feel like a huge dev turnout, but I guess compared to Blackberry that makes sense.
    http://www.experts123.com/questions/filter/windows-phone

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