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Poll: Is BlackBerry development still viable?

Do you think it make sense to develop for the BlackBerry platform? Let us know by taking this poll.

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.

J.Ja

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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.

10 comments
bigsole
bigsole

Top shelf quality,,just right form factor and size and at current price point it most certainly the "Go to" tablet of choice. The best is yet to come.

eman08
eman08

I'm an Android Apps Developer and from experience I think Android is the hardest platform to develop on as there really is no tight integration and very fragment. When I speak fragment I mean too many devices to develop for as many devices have different screen sizes and support many different Api's. When you develop main stream applications for Android it's very difficult to get your apps to work on hundreds and thousands of android powered device's out there as all Android powered devices are not the same and have different specifications. On the other hand BlackBerry OS/Black Berry Tablet OS also known as QNX Neutrino and iOS are much more easier to develop on due to there tight integration as there are fewer devices to develop for. So yes I still think it's necessary to develop for BlackBerry platforms because of tight integration of their devices wither it's BlackBerry OS or QNX Neutrino. In fact I develop both for Android and QNX as QNX is the OS of the PlayBook and soon will replace the current BlackBerry OS to BlackBerry 10. RIM is basically going to release new smart phones called Super Phones that run QNX with real time multi core processing and is aiming to move toward QNX and replace the standard BlackBerry OS to QNX based BlackBerry 10.

ITOdeed
ITOdeed

@xenrobia + 100 if I could add more +'s.

WarrenRobertson
WarrenRobertson

Remember where Apple was 10 years ago. Most tech pundits had written the company off as a niche player at best.

a.portman
a.portman

I would have been better for me to see this last week. Before the last set of updates crashed out my phone. Before my Blackberry decided that I didn't need to access my email any more. Before it decided my 300 contacts should be 700 contacts. Before reading twitter became impossible. I see my iPhone/Android friends all have a dozen sub $3.00 apps for anything. None of them are available for Blackberry. RIM needs to take a serious look at the crap in their app store, how truly horrible their app store is to use and then decide if they still want NEW users. Having a base of several million current users doesn't mean they will be in three years, or five, or even next year. Especially if those users are in big blocks dictated by corp IT and exchange integration.

sirena.alex
sirena.alex

I have developed Android and BB too. I really hate BB 5.0 and I don't even admit to do for 4.7, because of the dull networking. Not sure why, but all our clients want iPhone, than Android. When I was on windows the most hated things at BB were: - ultraslow startup / restart. Each deployment I will get around 200-700 mail - no stack trace, no filtering of messages - no GUI designer All I can say Android is much easier and simplier than BB development.

pjmckay
pjmckay

Probably not. I t would be good to know just how many Android and IOS zealots are voting on something they have no idea about. Me included... I had to vote to see the results. I've an iPad and Asus Transformer but never touched a Playbook despite trying me best to get one for the enterprise functions. Me... I still choose my BB Torch over my iphone4 as I prefer that for Outlook integration over the companys GOOD Tech on IOS. That may change in time but then maybe the neww BBs will be even better?? I would ask, again, that BB drop the multiple devices and focus on a smaller range that is progressive, like the iphone, and can be upgraded over years. But lasts three days on a charge, and delivers what I need from a business device. My iPhone lasts 8 hours with the SIM or 2 weeks without the SIM installed. I think we can see where the problem lies. Apart from that it is a great consumer device but still leaves plenty of scope for RIM to get their act together, though they need to do so within the next year or so.

xenrobia
xenrobia

Could RIM have done things sooner? Yes. Could RIM have managed the transition to their new OS better? Yes. Does RIM still provide quality products? Yes. Are people still buying BlackBerry products? Yes. Are the 77 million current BlackBerry users going to suddenly throw their BB devices away to purchase something else? No. Are the people who are predicting RIM's imminent demise a bunch of myopic morons, with no clue as to what they are talking about? Most definitely, YES.

mattohare
mattohare

And I still see some that think of blackberrys as a 'must'.

PurpleSkys
PurpleSkys

Keeps me in touch with my family and friends and coworkers. I have access to a word program and spreadsheet software. When I feel the need, I also have music to workout to as well. Then there's my email, Facebook, hockey apps, Google Talk, yahoo, twitter and about anything else I could ask for.

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