Application development for the Android open source operating system and platform is of more interest to software programmers than building apps for either the iPhone or iPad.
This is according to a Google TRENDS Web Search Interest ranking pitching the following three search terms against each other Worldwide, 2009-2012:
• iphone app development,
• android app development,
• ipad app development.
The Google trends graph shows that interest in iPhone and Android development (searches) was near parity in August of 2011.
It also suggests that Android development is now twice as interesting to programmers today as it is for the iPhone, with iPad development shown at roughly a quarter of Android's heights.
Industry reports suggest hat the big question for programmers may now have shifted from a question of Android vs. iPhone, to a question of native vs. the mobile web.
Cross-platform compatibility and portability will (arguably) be the key deciding factor in the new more mobile cloud based world of software application development.