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Mobile games and utilities
software most popularly developed
According to IDC's survey
report, Asia Pacific (including Japan) Software Developers: Development
"On-the-Go", software developers are mostly involved in producing mobile
games and utilities software. Of those respondents who were involved with
games development, the majority was from large value-added reseller (VAR) or
software distributor organisations, whereas utilities software was mostly
developed by IT hardware manufacturers.
IDC expects the mobile development trend to continue upwards as developers
from smaller sized organisations gain an improved handle on the associated
software tools. "Software tools vendors need to package their products to
suit smaller budgets and adopt a marketing message that will attract
developers from smaller sized organisations to consider their application
software tools," says Prianka Srinivasan, Market Analyst at IDC's Asia
Pacific Software Research team.
When respondents were asked to identify the multimedia or information types
that they would expect to focus on in mobile application development in the
next two years, audio and video multimedia types were most frequently
mentioned; while JPEG images and animation were ranked third and fifth
respectively (see chart below).
The survey also indicated possible new areas of mobile applications that
developers are contemplating. Although games and utilities are currently hot
items, IDC has observed some gradual shifts in the development of other
software related to business operations and productivity.
What kind of multimedia or information types will be used in the mobile
applications that you expect your organisation to develop in the next 24
Source: IDC's 2006 Software Developer Collaborative Survey on Mobile
Application Development. (n = 169, values are weighted. Multiple responses
The survey results also suggested that the purchase of and demand for
software quality assurance and requirement management tools would increase.
"IDC expects vendors to accelerate their product awareness efforts and cash
in on the shift towards using more application life-cycle tools in the
mobile application development market," adds Prianka Srinivasan.
Over 500 respondents in 18 countries throughout the APJ region participated
in IDC's 2006 Software Developer Collaborative Survey on Mobile Application
Development. The survey provides information regarding the adoption of and
involvement in mobile application development of software developers in the
APJ region. Other themes related to the purchase of tools, technologies and
frameworks for mobile application development were also explored in the