Project builds targeting the HTML5 web standard increased to 1,175 during the third quarter of 2011, up 38 percent over the previous three-month period, according to outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace Freelancer.com. At the same time, projects for Adobe Flash runtime declined 10 percent to 2,794 jobs--Freelancer.com reports that at the current rate, HTML5 will overtake Flash projects within the next six months.
Freelancer.com projects targeting of Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android increased 8 percent during the third quarter to 1,848 jobs after experiencing 20 percent during the second quarter. Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS grew 3 percent quarter-over-quarter to 3,110 jobs, slipping from 9 percent sequential growth in the second quarter. Despite the quarterly slowdown, Freelancer.com still anticipates Android projects will surpass iOS jobs sometime prior to the fourth quarter of 2012.
BlackBerry and Symbian jobs both declined 6 percent quarter-over-quarter. "Rumors abound that [Research In Motion's (NASDAQ:RIMM)] foray into the tablet market is set to end due to non-existent public interest," Freelancer.com states. "We have certainly seen a complete disinterest in BlackBerry Playbook projects."
Freelancer.com connects businesses with more than 2.8 million independent professionals across verticals including software development, writing, engineering and legal services. Close to 115,000 jobs were posted on the site during the third quarter.
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