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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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RE: Judging by this video...
By Tony Swash on 6/27/2011 7:52:25 PM , Rating: 2
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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?


Normal peple don't care about this sort of stuff. As long as the hardware is more or less as good the competition it doesn't matter. 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. RIM dropped the ball on all that stuff, actualy they never really managed to pick it up in the first place. Now they are almost certainly out of time.


RE: Judging by this video...
By Pirks on 6/27/2011 9:06:30 PM , Rating: 2
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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
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? :)


RE: Judging by this video...
By Tony Swash on 6/28/2011 9:12:10 AM , Rating: 2
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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? :)


I think RIM may be a bit more like Osborne Computer Corporation than Apple. Maybe they can find their niche and survive, I won't be buying any of their shares in a hurry though :)


RE: Judging by this video...
By Pirks on 6/28/2011 10:58:16 AM , Rating: 1
Looking at Apple CEO health... I wouldn't buy any of their sharez either


RE: Judging by this video...
By maxxcool on 6/28/2011 6:46:59 PM , Rating: 2
BB will be sold or die before his jobbs-ness gives up the ghost. hmm.. that would be a kicker if his last dying wish was to by and snuff BB ;)


RE: Judging by this video...
By Pirks on 6/28/2011 8:53:37 PM , Rating: 2
eat this, troll

http://www.cellular-news.com/story/49725.php

"BlackBerry phones are the least likely to develop hardware issues"


“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls














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