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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: Next BlackBerry phone
By Pirks on 6/28/2011 2:18:09 PM , Rating: 2
Probably this stuff you're talking about is fixed in BB OS 7 and Playbook QNX browsers

RE: Next BlackBerry phone
By Lord 666 on 6/28/2011 3:28:05 PM , Rating: 2
Carriers do not care about BBOS7. Hell, BBOS 6 is severly flawed with the sideways scrolling, bloated, and removed core functionality of the seven dots button to go up one level. Not to mention BBOS is bloated and makes the dates CPUs really struggle.

OS's don't sell phones, features do. So when does Playbook support Android 2.x material? RIM dropped the ball by releasing a half-baked product with its only saving grace not even included at launch.

I'm a huge BB/RIM fan, but I can't lie to myself of how those dumb co-CEO's blew the biggest technological lead seen in history.

RE: Next BlackBerry phone
By Pirks on 6/28/2011 4:11:30 PM , Rating: 2
with its only saving grace not even included at launch
So what? Apple Mac's saving grace (compatibility with Windows) was not included from the start either.

RE: Next BlackBerry phone
By maxxcool on 6/28/2011 6:00:01 PM , Rating: 2
Awesome so you want developers to code apps for a what ? 5th platform to make 1 app ?


go get your check from your media firm. and keep posting. its clear you are a forum-advertiser.

your not convincing anyone here to "run out and buy a BB"...

*WE* are the new market... *WE* buy the products. *WE* are buying android and IOS phones not because they can save us 2 seconds. we are buying them because we like them more than you.

RE: Next BlackBerry phone
By Pirks on 6/28/2011 7:44:59 PM , Rating: 2
*WE* are the new market
Since when did Internet trolls became the new market?

RE: Next BlackBerry phone
By maxxcool on 6/28/2011 6:29:21 PM , Rating: 2
um you understand that QNX doesn't develop browsers right?

jezuz your a lousy advertiser... they use the webkit engine. They pay third party developers to modify it.

QNX is a OS ... not a browser. and by using third party browsers they did not develop, they introduce more potential breaking points for apps and web client engines like vpn, rdp etc...

RE: Next BlackBerry phone
By Pirks on 6/28/2011 9:41:00 PM , Rating: 1
eat this, moron:

"The U.S. Army is leaning toward the PlayBook because RIM addressed security concerns from the get-go"

hehe, it's not your cheapo android crap nobody cares about :P

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