12-29-2012 04:20 PM - edited 12-29-2012 04:21 PM
To add to the discussion. The "Built for BB" is for apps built for the BlackBerry platform using BlackBerry SDKs. Android apps are built for Android devices that happen to run on the BlackBerry devices. They were never built for BB nor do they use the BB SDKs and take advantage of BB services (BBM, invocation, native services like push, contacts, etc.). RIM want an enriched UX that Android does not provide in general.
If you have a good app and want it to be successful on BB, then you might want to consider porting it over. There are lots of different development environments to do this.
Some of this came about from all the Android apps that came over originally to the PlayBook. Many of the apps were considered "**bleep** apps" and did so to only get the free PlayBook that was being offered. This saturated the market place and made it diffilcult for those native apps that looks like PlayBook apps to be seen. This program is to reward those developers who take the time to be a "true BB app" to be seen better (and make more money).
01-06-2013 12:43 AM
I have a question for someone from RIM.
Is this going to be a one-time deal for the BB10 launch or will this program be offered up again? I ask this because I have a few apps I wanted to port over from the BB Java handhelds but can't do so because of the lack of background services and listeners available currently for BB10. to me it seems that this is mostly geared towards games as the number of useful apps between the Java platform and the current C++ platform is gonna be on an order of magnitude in difference because of the lack of these services.
01-06-2013 11:10 AM
01-06-2013 10:18 PM