As a partner with Motorola RhoMobile and more important for us, RhoElementsis a critical technology for us to be able to target the Motorola devices with our mobile web applications.Â So it is interesting how well they are doing.
To check this out I went to Google Trends and tried a few searches.Â The first one was how RhoMobile compares to some of the other frameworks for developing cross platform mobile web applications including Sencha Touch, Appclerator, JQuery Mobile, and PhoneGap. It appears that PhoneGap is running away with the show, although it requires you to compile your code to an application. RhoMobile is lagging behind.
Next I thought I’d see how RhoMobile and the related technologies including RhoElements, RhoConnect, RhoStudio, and the Motorola ET1are doing. Here it looks like RhoMobile is off to a good start, but then after the Motorola acquisition it has been fading. Probably because it is not viewed as a Motorola focused technology, which of course it is.
Finally, what about the Motorola platforms themselves, such as the ET1, MC75, MC65, MC3100, MC3000. These are the ones that we focus on the most. Here it is not quite as clear since there is a general trend of spiking on launch and slowly fading.
So what does this mean to us. Well it certainly makes me nervous after recently going through the collapse of Windows CE and .NET CF as a development platform. Overall I like the Motorola platforms and the company itself, but we must keep an eye on these trends and how they will affect our business.