Survey: Mobile games lead development

According to a new report issued by market intelligence firm IDC titled "Asia/Pacific (Including Japan) Software Developers: Development 'On-the-Go'," a majority of software developers now focus their efforts on producing mobile games and utilities software. Among respondents who align themselves with games development, most are affiliated with large value-added reseller or software distributor organization, while most utilities software development is concentrated in IT hardware manufacturing.

IDC forecasts mobile development trends to continue their current growth as developers from smaller organizations forge a deeper understanding of 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 organizations to consider their application software tools," said IDC market analyst Prianka Srinivasan in a prepared statement.

The IDC report also queried respondents on the multimedia or information types they anticipate will dominate application development over the next two years--audio and video were most frequently cited, while JPEG images and animation ranked third and fifth, respectively. The survey also anticipates that software quality assurance and requirement management tools will be the subject of accelerating purchase and demand: "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," Srinivasan said.

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