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The iPhone operating system is the clear favorite smartphone platform for developers, according to Ovum’s first mobile application developer survey.

Although all five major smartphone platforms fared well in the survey, Research In Motion’s BlackBerry OS and Windows Mobile lead the opposition to iPhone, rather than Android or Symbian, according to the Ovum findings. Moreover, overall, Java ME — Java Platform, Micro Edition — remains the leading mobile development environment, showing there’s still life – if not necessarily big profits – in an old and rather neglected technology, said Tony Cripps, an analyst at Ovum.