According to a new survey by Ovum, more app developers are choosing to create Android apps first over iOS. According to the survey, Android will become the preferred platform for developers in 2012, taking the title away from Apple’s iOS.

Contributing to the move is the sheer number of Android devices on the market. It makes sense that developers will want to create apps first for the largest group of potential buyers, and that title belongs to Android. iOS has long been considered the best for developers who are looking to make cash off their apps, but as Android gets larger, so does its pool of potential app buyers.

The study also showed a growing interest in developers for the BlackBerry and Windows Phone platforms (Windows Phone just hit 60k apps this past weekend).

“The growing momentum behind Windows Phone indicates that Microsoft has managed to convince developers that its platform is worthy of investment; its challenge now is to persuade consumers,” comments Adam Leach, devices & platforms practice leader at Ovum and author of the research. He also noted, “A smartphone platform’s success is dictated not only by the pull of consumers and the push of handset vendors and mobile operators but also by a healthy economy of applications delivered by third-party developers. Therefore, it is important for all players in the smartphone ecosystem to understand the choices developers are making today and the downstream impact of those choices.”

According to the study developers are moving away from traditional cross-platform development practices such as Java and Flash in favor of web-based standards such as HTML5.

[via Ovum]