Apple's iPad leads the way, but Android tablets are gaining fast, even before they exist
There's lots to learn about where the next generation of third-party mobile apps are coming from in a survey published Wednesday by Appcelerator, maker of a popular Titanium cross-platform development tool that seems to have escaped the wrath of Steve Jobs.
The survey, conducted last week among 2,733 of its more than 51,000 customers, took a deep look at how developers view the six major mobile platforms: Apple's (AAPL) iOS, Google's (GOOG) Android, Palm/HP's (HPQ) webOS, Microsoft (MSFT) Phone 7, Nokia (NOK) Symbian/Meego and Research in Motion's (RIMM) BlackBerry.
The bottom line, as the report puts it: "Apple and Google are now playing chess while everyone else plays catch up."
The executive summary, in their words:
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