Software developer Seesmic, maker of popular
social media management smartphone apps, delivered stinging news to
Canadian-based smartphone maker Research in Motion, Ltd. (TSE:RIM), commenting in a blog
Effective June 30th, Seesmic will discontinue support for
Blackberry in order to focus development efforts on our most popular mobile
platforms: Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7.
While normally it would be foolish to
microanalyze app defections, this was merely the latest development in a broad
trend of top developers abandoning RIM this year. Bloomberg reports
that Purple Forge Corp., a maker of political campaign an polling apps, will
drop general support for the platform, offering it only if clients specially
request it. Likewise, Mobile Roadie LLC, which makes apps for fans
of the Miami Dolphins and country singer Taylor Swift, says it is ditching
support for Blackberries.
Reportedly one key factor is that developing for
RIM handsets is complex, thanks to a large amount of hardware inputs and a less
than modern API that fails to match the ease of Google Inc.'s (GOOG)
Android, Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL)
iOS, or Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT)
Windows Phone 7.
Purple Forge CEO Brian Hurley reflects this,
commenting, "As soon as RIM brought in a touchscreen and mixed it with a
thumbwheel, a keyboard and shortcut keys, it made it really difficult and
expensive to develop across devices. What Apple scored big on is having a touch
screen and a button and that’s it. In deploying Apple applications, there are
very few surprises. In Android, there are increasingly more surprises. But in
BlackBerry, there are immediately lots of gotchas across the board.”
Finnish phonemaker Nokia Oyj. (HEL:NOK1V), RIM
on an OS change to reverse its fortunes. In early 2012, it will
switch to using QNX's operating system in its new smartphones. RIM's
first QNX product was the
PlayBook tablet, released in April -- a year after RIM acquired the small
Canadian OS maker.
quote: I mean what does an ipod do, it plays music
quote: It has a screen I can actually still read in daylight when I use it outside for yard work. The people who design apple products must simply never see daylight.
quote: RIM failed the Playbook because they showed incompetence with releasing a half-baked product
quote: running android apps in a emulator is not it
quote: will not run close to metal or bare metal
quote: where new Blackberry Bold 9900 pwns iPhone 4 in a real life web browser speed test I'd say RIM knows about their shortcomings and already fixes them. Playbook is the best tablet for browsing the web these days, these new Blackberries 9900 and 9930 look like hot items too judging by the previews I've seen so far, and the situation will likely be even better when QNX replaces Blackberry OS on their handsets too. Should be much, much better platform to develop apps for. WRT to the multitude of input methods - I've seen quite a few BB junkies gloating about best keyboard and best trackpad on their BBs, now BB 9900 will add best touch screen to that, I dunno, seems like RIM would like to keep it as a distinguishing factor. If they ditch their signature keyboard and trackpad they will look like another generic Android/Apple handset, probably not the wisest move would that be eh?
quote: What matters is the eco-system, the value stack, what services the device connects to, the range of apps available, how many accesories there are for it, can I plug it in my car and stereo
quote: By all these metrics Apple lost the war with Microsoft's eco-system, but still Apple sells Macs for a nice profit. Same happens with RIM now. They may lose the war just like Apple lost the war but they will still sell niche little handsets for some nice profit, even when their market share is as low as Mac's. Got it? :)
quote: THERE IS A VALID REASON THEY ARE GETTING TRASHED IN THE REVIEWS
quote: expensive terrible to develop for platform, soon to be replaced by a nearly unheard of linux derivative, hoping to run the web os that recently got such back reviews that they actually used the word "shit" in quotable text