Just days after we wrote about how the number of APIs disabled by Amazon on its new Kindle Fire could affect the number of apps able to run on the new tablet, a new article has been written over at Forbes citing that the upcoming tablet device could actually be what developers have long been waiting for.
What makes the Kindle Fire so desirable for developers is the accessibility, meaning the price of the tablet itself, and the huge library which Amazon provides. This could be piquing the interest of developers into looking at the Android market world-wide because the cost of the device itself is low enough that it allows access to a much larger audience than the higher priced iPad or iPad 2, and the lower price could mean that consumers are more willing to spend additional dollars on apps.
Appcelerator has released details of a study that asked Android developers which tablets they were “very interested” in developing apps for. The popular Samsung Galaxy tab was edged out by the Kindle Fire, which 49% of the developers chose as “very interested.”
For comparison, developers are “very interested” in developing for iOS 5 on the iPad 88% of the time. However, just before the iPad was released, it garnered 53% – very close to what the Kindle Fire now has before its own release. Among those developers most interested in the Kindle Fire, they listed its price point (and therefore potential market share) as the main reason for their interest. On the flip side, they were most concerned about its lack of any camera or GPS functionality.