Android, iOS Attracted Open Source Developers in 2010

Application development tool vendor Black Duck maintains a KnowledgeBase of open source projects that currently lists 9,000 mobile projects. Of those, 3,146 declared a platform. Among those that did declare a platform, Google’s Android was the clear favorite with 1,716 projects (55 percent). Apple’s iOS came in second with 1,219 projects (39 percent). Windows, Palm, BlackBerry, and Symbian each accounted for 2 percent or less of the mobile open source projects.

“As mobile apps displace desktop applications and mobile devices displace laptops and desktops, we expect to see broad commercial developer interest in the top mobile development platforms as well as consolidation in the number of platforms that draw developer support,” said Black Duck’s Peter Vescuso.

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