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Android Voted Favourite With Developers

According to a survey conducted by software developer platform Appcelerator, developers give Google's Android the edge over Apple's iOS in the long term.

Appcelerator surveyed 2,733 users of its Appcelerator Titanium software between 15 and 17 June.

The survey did, however, reveal that developers using Appcelerator found Apple's latest operating system very interesting to work on, particularly given its current popularity, market size and the enhanced capabilities of its application store.

The launch of Apple's iPad has kick-started interest in tablet devices, with further Android-based devices expected at a later stage.

The survey paints mobile app development as a two-horse race. Android and iOS are the big favourites with developers, gaining market share at the expense of other platforms such as Symbian, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7.

"Apple and Google are now playing chess while everyone else plays catch up," the survey concludes.