Microsoft's newly released Windows RT-based Surface tablet, meanwhile, still needs a lot of work to become a successful mobile platform, with just 20 percent of developers impressed with the hardware and believing it will boost Microsoft's mobile ambitions. Forty-five percent of developers are unimpressed with the hardware and do not believe it offers much advantage over tablets already on the market, and only 35 percent are very interested in building for the platform.
Appcelerator found that the Amazon Kindle tablet was having trouble getting traction, with just 21 percent of developers very interested in building applications for it. "It's just not getting the critical mass," McInerney said.
The survey also found that mobile developers believe a mobile-first startup, one centered on the mobile space, could disrupt Microsoft, Google, and Facebook. In addition, developers are dismissive of Facebook's revamped mobile strategy, with 62.4 percent believing it is likely or very likely that a mobile-first social startup could disrupt the social applications market on mobile devices and take share from Facebook. More than 73 percent of respondents believe Facebook is a year or more away from becoming mobile-first.
For 2013, developers predict mobile will forever change retail, with 92.9 percent believing it is likely or very likely that most retail companies will have enabled mobile commerce. Developers also anticipate that in 2013, every smartphone user will own a tablet as well and most people will own a smart-enabled device other than a tablet or smartphone. In other findings in Appcelerator's survey, 57.5 percent of mobile developers predict that near-field communications purchases will be commonplace in 2013.
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