In the last year, developer interest in the BlackBerry platform has absolutely cratered, according to the Q1 2012 Mobile Developer Report from Appcelerator/IDC (PDF). While BlackBerry’s overall position in the marketplace remains strong, many industry pundits and developers see BlackBerry as not being able to survive long-term.
I think there is still a lot of upside in the BlackBerry market. Its enterprise capabilities are the kinds of things that do not get much press but do generate long-term commitments to a platform. That said, I am not certain if RIM can parlay BlackBerry’s enterprise strengths into a successful strategy year after year.
Is BlackBerry development still viable?