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RIM's Blackberry smart phones helped revolutionize the industry.   (Source: The Baltimore Sun)

Now the company appears to be plodding slowly towards extinction as app developers and customers abandon it.  (Source: George Arthur Bush)
Developers are dropping support for RIM like a bad habit

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 post:

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.”

Like struggling Finnish phonemaker Nokia Oyj. (HEL:NOK1V), RIM is counting 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.

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By allinonetool on 6/27/2011 7:20:16 PM , Rating: -1
I want one but they are failing because the phones prices start at $500! ... I dont want to pay that much for a phone! Ef that. If and when they lower it a bunch that's when I will be getting one.

RE: Blackberry
By Pirks on 6/27/2011 7:47:03 PM , Rating: 2
Just did a quick check on BlackBerry Pearl is $10 with a contract and $250 without it. Even highest end BlackBerry Torch is $50-$150 cheaper than iPhone 4 (if purchased with contract), so why don't you just shut up and stop spreading lies?

RE: Blackberry
By allinonetool on 6/27/2011 8:28:15 PM , Rating: 1
contracts are no good. wait till you get a bill for 600$ for 1 month

RE: Blackberry
By Pirks on 6/27/2011 9:10:14 PM , Rating: 1
I'll wait till you shut up and look at the $250 price for BlackBerry Pearl WITHOUT CONTRACT. Is this number starting to sink into your thick skull now?

RE: Blackberry
By allinonetool on 6/27/11, Rating: -1
RE: Blackberry
By Pirks on 6/27/2011 9:36:33 PM , Rating: 2
ya skull is thicker than I thought, son

RE: Blackberry
By 91TTZ on 6/28/2011 10:00:08 AM , Rating: 2
You're really making yourself look bad here. You're getting emotional over a damn PHONE.

RE: Blackberry
By Cheesew1z69 on 6/28/2011 3:54:01 PM , Rating: 2
It's like this all the time with him....

RE: Blackberry
By Pirks on 6/28/2011 4:07:37 PM , Rating: 2
hi clown, why so serious?

RE: Blackberry
By Cheesew1z69 on 6/28/2011 4:37:31 PM , Rating: 2
Only clown here is you, so sit down, and have a nice tall glass of STFU...

RE: Blackberry
By Pirks on 6/28/2011 4:47:15 PM , Rating: 2
don't get so twitchy cheesy, or ya cork will pop

RE: Blackberry
By allinonetool on 6/28/2011 9:06:15 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Blackberry
By RussianSensation on 6/29/2011 3:48:31 PM , Rating: 2
Pirks is an idiot that needs to be banned. The worst troll on DailyTech. What a waste of air and space.

RE: Blackberry
By Pirks on 6/29/2011 4:07:08 PM , Rating: 2
Don't take the piss, Boris

RE: Blackberry
By maxxcool on 6/28/2011 6:40:25 PM , Rating: 2
It's because he is a paid advertroller.... its pretty obvious....

or .. he really is pissed bout the performance of all his emulated appz on the playbook.

RE: Blackberry
By Pirks on 6/28/2011 7:41:35 PM , Rating: 2
please don't envy me and Anand, he said in his review playbook has the best web browser among mobile ones, and I have to admit he was right, it is indeed

RE: Blackberry
By Targon on 6/27/2011 10:40:56 PM , Rating: 2
If a device can't compete well, then it can't compete. Not everything is about the number of apps, but in the case of Blackberry devices, you can't be sure that what works on one device will work on ALL Blackberry devices. Picture if you wrote a Windows app that had to be specifically coded to work with each brand of computer, even if all are running the same version of Windows. THAT is a huge part of what is killing Blackberry.

Now, if you want a competing device, the Palm Pre Plus, which has been out for over a year is a better device in almost every way compared to the Blackberry Pearl.

RE: Blackberry
By Pirks on 6/27/2011 10:58:53 PM , Rating: 2
you can't be sure that what works on one device will work on ALL Blackberry devices
So what? Android is exactly the same - you write some app and it won't work on ALL Android devices. And this didn't hurt Android at all, did it? Therefore, it doesn't hurt BlackBerry too.

RE: Blackberry
By cjohnson2136 on 6/28/2011 3:30:34 AM , Rating: 2
I would agree but I think that has to do with the number of apps on the marketplace.

Let's say you want a dice app. Now BB has 3 dice apps and Android has 50 dice apps. The chances of finding a non working dice app on BB would be much higher because there are fewer choices. While the chances of finding one on Android would be much lower. Even if you did find a bad one on Android there are still 49 others that could work.

I think this would be the only case in which the greater the number of duplicate apps can help.

RE: Blackberry
By Belard on 6/29/2011 11:13:56 AM , Rating: 2
When Commodore went out of business (stupid stupid company) in 1993- they had about 4-6 Amiga models on the market.
A2000 (1987) - ADOS 1.3 : because many hardware devices depended on it. 100% compatible (most had CPU upgrade cards that ran great).
A500 (1987) - ADOS 1.3 : 100% compatible with games.
A600 - ADOS 2.2 (tiny keyboard computer) Ugly white & brown
A1200 - ADOS 3.0 (full size keyboard computer)
A4000 - ADOS 3.0
A4000T - ADOS 3.0 (Tower, looked like an ugly clone)
A3000/t - ADOS 2.0/2.1 (recently retired with the 4000s on market)

So depending on what computer you got, you'd get 1 of 4 OSed pre-installed?! What stupid crap was that? BTW: I had the 1985 Amiga running hacked ADOS 3.0... so it was stupid to for ANY company to do this. They could have made a "game mode" 1.3 at least.

Have splinters like this is a problem. Even Nokia is having growing pains with 4 different Phone OSs. Dumb, Meego, Symbian and WP7. Until they retire Meego (which is actually decent) and Symbian, they'll have problems.

RE: Blackberry
By maxxcool on 6/28/2011 12:17:13 PM , Rating: 2
to bad i have yet to run into a "incompatible app" on my glacier...

RE: Blackberry
By Pirks on 6/28/2011 12:32:41 PM , Rating: 2
to bad i have yet to run into a "incompatible app" on my torch...

RE: Blackberry
By maxxcool on 6/28/2011 6:36:56 PM , Rating: 2
with emulation. you will.

RE: Blackberry
By Pirks on 6/29/2011 12:55:52 PM , Rating: 2
JVM is no emulation, idioto :)))

RE: Blackberry
By maxxcool on 6/28/2011 6:38:37 PM , Rating: 2
ummm i can run apps designed for android 1.5... and do. run a 3 year old app for rim on your shiny torch *without* emulation... gluck.

RE: Blackberry
By maxxcool on 6/28/2011 6:42:40 PM , Rating: 2
It's cheap because there is no demand... simple economics. *if* everyone wanted one it would be just as spendy as a IOS device in gold-plated-latinum.

RE: Blackberry
By Pirks on 6/28/2011 7:31:27 PM , Rating: 2
It's cheap because there is no demand
Right, so iPhone 3GS has no demand too? Since it costs $49 on You must be really dumb then

RE: Blackberry
By cjohnson2136 on 6/28/2011 3:26:20 AM , Rating: 2
You complain about this yet almost all the android, iphone, and wp7 phones are around 500 or more without a contract. So I don't really see your issue. Are you saying you won't buy a smartphone at all because you it's too expensive. Plus who really buys without a contract. A smartphone does not do you a lot of good with out cell service or data plan.

RE: Blackberry
By Arsynic on 6/28/2011 10:09:32 AM , Rating: 2
They are failing because the OS and phone are outdated. Slate phones with full touch screens are what people want. This is why Palm and RIM's phones are flops. They still think it's 2001 and that their form factors are still relevant. At least HP/Palm has webOS. RIM's only hope is to adapt the Playbook's OS to slate phones and call it BB OS 7.

RE: Blackberry
By Flunk on 6/28/2011 10:27:09 AM , Rating: 2
They shouldn't have bothered with the playbook at all. They should have focused on their core products and released BB OS 7 based on QNX first.

RE: Blackberry
By Nutzo on 6/28/2011 10:57:10 AM , Rating: 2
Touch screens are the "trendy" option, but I can type much faster on a keyboard.
The advantage of the Android platform is choice, and that I can have the best of both world. A touch screen for simple fuctions, and a slide out keyboard when I need to type something.

RE: Blackberry
By Pirks on 6/28/2011 11:06:56 AM , Rating: 2
A touch screen for simple fuctions, and a slide out keyboard when I need to type something
BlackBerry Torch

RE: Blackberry
By Pessimism on 6/28/2011 11:22:45 AM , Rating: 1
You'd rather enjoy the butthurt of $649-$749 plus taxes for Apple's latest shiny toy?

RE: Blackberry
By Belard on 6/29/2011 11:20:29 AM , Rating: 2

Most *MOST* people buy phone on contracts. an iPhone4 is $200~300 (depending on memory) which is inline with other similar top-end smart phones. at&t has many smart phones for $0~50, including GalaxyS & HTCs.

Buying ANY smart phone, Apple, SONY, HTC off contract is in the $300~700 price range. My last "no-contract" SONY was $220, not a smart phone at all.

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