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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 ltcommanderdata on 6/27/2011 10:29:01 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think I should be overjoyed that a yet to be released Blackberry is faster than a 1 year old iPhone 4. Especially when the Bold 9900's CPU is clocked 50% higher than the iPhone 4. If it wasn't faster, RIM is really doing something wrong.

RIM's big problem right now is execution. They spend a whole year after the original iPad was released talking smack about how much more powerful their upcoming Playbook was, how having a dual core CPU sets their device apart from the iPad. And guess what, after all that talk, by the time the Playbook is released, it's not competing against the iPad 1 but against the iPad 2, which also has a 1GHz dual core Cortex A9 and a much faster GPU to boot.

Similarly, it's looking increasingly likely that by the time the Bold 9900 is released it'll be competing against the iPhone 5 and iOS 5. I'll be reserving judgement on who pwns who until the Bold 9900 is actually released, whether it'll be early enough to still face the iPhone 4 or late enough to face the iPhone 5.


RE: Judging by this video...
By Pirks on 6/27/2011 10:41:00 PM , Rating: 2
True, people who buy by hardware specs may not opt for a BlackBerry, just because some Android or iPhone may have bigger GeeBees, but (!) the same thing could be said about Macs, right? Still, people buy Macs, even though Mac hardware is not the fastest. Which means what? Which means hardware specs NOT ALWAYS matter. Got it?


RE: Judging by this video...
By retrospooty on 6/28/2011 9:19:56 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, this is true, but Mac is a compelling OS that alot of people like. The OS makes it, not the hardware.

In hte case of Blackberry, thier OS is the weekness. 4 years behind the rest of the world - comared to IOS, Android 2.2 (or higher) or WebOS, BB's os it total crap, and that is why its being dumped on.


RE: Judging by this video...
By maxxcool on 6/28/2011 6:18:46 PM , Rating: 2
LOL!!! QNX ??? outside of POS, medical stations and "Kiosks" no-one will recognize that QNX is a RT flavor of linux..

in fact forum troll/advertiser... what does the acro "rt" mean for QNX ? I bet you have to look it up...

Hoping that your web os shell layed on top of a no-name super niche Linux derivative is your best hope?

o.0 omg.... you really need your ass kicked and review your gorilla forum advertising plans...

if your hoping splashy web adverts and forum posts are going to amount to a product recovery you are god damned insane...out side of dev's and linux geeks... nobody IN REAL LIFE is going to know anything bout a RT kernel. or any benifits from it. let alone web os ported on top of it.

you do understand that the glib's for QNX are so terrible that you ARE going to loose HORRIBLY in all graphic level benchmarks right ?

scratch that, there not terrible. there just not designed to win "multimedia" tests. let alone drive a hdmi display at 60fps for full 80megabyte bit rates.

if BB really wants to survive they need to get off their asses, license Kal-el, and buy the rights to something else besides QNX. thats ***IF*** they are willing to co-develope apps during the platform transition. but they wont.

and that's why they will continue to loose high single and low double digit market shares until those last few hold out contracts remain... then they will die.

Seriously ? QNX is your hope and life line ? there is a reason they have never been in the phone market before. and 3 generations from now you will understand why.

THERE IS A VALID REASON THEY ARE GETTING TRASHED IN THE REVIEWS, not the paid for review-tising BS reviews.


RE: Judging by this video...
By Pirks on 6/29/2011 12:45:50 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
THERE IS A VALID REASON THEY ARE GETTING TRASHED IN THE REVIEWS
The only thing trashed here is your dead brain, stupid zombie :) In reality reviews are quite favorable, like this one:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4266/blackberry-play...

"Web page compatibility is ridiculously good with the PlayBook's browser, partially due to RIM's excellent implementation of hardware accelerated Flash 10.2. Corner cases that wouldn't work on Android or iOS work perfectly on the PlayBook. PlayBook offers the best browsing experience from a pure software standpoint of any of the tablets"

munch on this one, moron :)))


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