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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: Blackberry
By allinonetool on 6/27/2011 9:23:47 PM , Rating: -1
all your posts suck, kid.

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

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