09-23-2013 04:51 AM
Is anyone else wondering if we should give up developing for blackberry? After the recent announcement that Blackberry will leave the consumer market, I am wondering what to do...
Next year, do people still buy our games? Are there any consumers with blackberry devices?
Or is blackberry really dead on the consumer market and should we all switch to Android, iOS and Windows?
I would really like to hear your opinion about this...
09-23-2013 06:49 AM
I think any serious developer obviously should be thinking about it and whether they can get ROI on what may be less than 10m active handsets in the market and a few hundred K playbooks.
For games I think the sensible option is to develop to one of the portable SDK's rather than go native that way you put your effort in sell to other markets and if BlackBerry do well it's a bonus.
09-23-2013 07:12 AM
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09-23-2013 07:35 AM
09-23-2013 07:35 AM - edited 09-23-2013 07:38 AM
Sure, here are some sources for this announcements:
I'm not sure what is going to happen, but once Blackberry stops serving to consumers, I expect people to move away from blackberry, and ofcourse a drop in appsales...
The thing I keep asking myself is: do I have to keep focus om my blackberry apps and provide updates and new versions to blackberry market? Or should I spend my time developing for other platforms that DO seem to last longer than a year...
09-23-2013 08:10 AM
09-23-2013 04:29 PM - edited 09-23-2013 04:30 PM
If BB is able to remain viable in the enterprise/pro-sumer niche they say they are refocusing on, remember that whatever that new user base is, they are all still human beings, and will still want apps, and perhaps even games for their personal use during downtime. And if they can get them on a BB10 device, I would guess that they would want them, vs. having to carry around two devices.
It does seem however, like it's time for devs to re-evaluate what types of apps to develop for BB10, especially if they are going for deep system integration. The prosumer/enterprise user archetypes are going to have some differences vs. general consumer archetypes.