A recent survey by Evans Data Corp. shows Nokia’s Ovi store overtaking Apple in high-growth emerging markets in the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America.
Apple’s iPhone App Store is still the most popular worldwide, with strong markets in North America and Europe. Microsoft’s Windows Marketplace for Mobile and apps sold directly through a carrier were also popular.
Evans Data CEO Janel Garvin, said, “The app store model is now an expected part of any wireless developer program. And while Apple’s iPhone App Store set the pace in North America and Europe, Nokia has been busy cultivating developers outside the U.S. in their traditional offshore strongholds, and has been remarkably successful in the short time of the Ovi store’s existence.”
For wireless developers, technical issues such as operating system, application runtime and development tools are the top priority in selecting a platform.
Other survey findings include:
- Java Data Objects are the preferred method for connecting back-end applications to wireless apps.
- More than 60% of wireless development projects are completed in six months or less.
- More wireless developers target Intel’s processors than those of any other vendor including ARM and nVidia.