The latest research from Flurry offers three interesting charts about the state of applications for smartphones. First, many more developers are creating applications for the iPhone than for Facebook, and the gap is widening. Apple now has twice as many applications as the social networking site.
For the second chart, Flurry analyzed the companies creating apps for the iPhone and broke them into six categories. 20 percent of iPhone developers were companies created specifically for that purpose. 17 percent are traditional media companies. 17 percent are retailers or packaged goods manufacturers. 22 percent are online companies, and 19 percent are traditional game developers.
Finally, a third chart shows that after the iPad was announced, development for Apple’s App Store spiked up by 185 percent.