Survey: Mobile developers prefer Google

Mobile developers go gaga over Google as they build location-based applications for phones, according to recent findings.

Google is the top choice among developers creating location-enhanced applications for wireless devices. Second choice is Microsoft and then Nokia, according to a new survey from Evans Data Corporation released Tuesday.

The findings come at an opportune time for the search giant. Not a week goes by without some new rumors of a Google phone. The company has declined to comment on the buzz, but word is that it may have something to say next week .

"Google, the premier online Internet company, has intensified its focus on the mobile market over the last year, introducing and enhancing a number of new services and applications specifically designed for the small screen to include" location-based services, said John Andrews, president and chief executive of Evans Data. "Given that there will be approximately 3 billion mobile phone subscribers by end of 2007, Google sees tremendous potential in further extending their presence with content aimed squarely at this market."

The most common uses of location-based services in development are individual tracking and vehicle tracking, while nearly two-thirds of the respondents said they plan to use open source in the next year.

The global survey of almost 400 wireless developers was conducted in September.

 

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