A pair of new surveys are well worth a read, as they reveal how developers and US consumers are viewing the smartphone market. First the developers, in a survey run by IDC for Appcelerator. It finds that 91% of developers are ‘very interested’ in making apps for iPhone, versus 85% for Android. Windows Phone is down at 29%, while BlackBerry is at 27%, showing the struggle Microsoft and RIM are having getting a wide base of developers interested in their platforms. Separately, Nielsen has been asking consumers what smartphone they’re planning to buy in the next year. Last September, 33% said an iPhone, 26% said an Android phone and 13% said a BlackBerry. Now, 31% say Android, 30% say iPhone and 11% say BlackBerry. Bad news for RIM all round then. Nielsen’s stats also reveal that of the total install base of smartphones in the US, 37% are Android devices, 27% are iPhones, and 22% are BlackBerry. Source: Guardian

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