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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 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.

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