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Developer
Posts: 325
Registered: ‎10-01-2012
My Device: Dev Alpha C, Playbook 32 GB

Re: Why I stopped developing for Blackberry

@smilley there is a lot of useless apps created because incentives preferring quantity over quality, does not matter whether they are Android ones or Cascades.

There were people generating hundreds of useless apps to get as much Z10 LE as possible. These people were consuming resources.
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Contributor
Posts: 32
Registered: ‎02-19-2013
My Device: NN

Re: Why I stopped developing for Blackberry

Native cascades or webworks is always best from android. Not quality, but one blackberry got is new developer invest time to learn in platform. This is reason i never agree portathon for android and blog bounty.
Developer
Posts: 135
Registered: ‎09-25-2012
My Device: Dev Alpha

Re: Why I stopped developing for Blackberry

Sadly, most of the major player's apps are Android ports (e.g. Songza). They need Android support to help get them... the little people are just bonuses. 

Developer
Posts: 817
Registered: ‎11-19-2009
My Device: Z10, Q10, 9900, 9790, PlayBook,

Re: Why I stopped developing for Blackberry

I too have lost my enthusiasm. Too many hurdles, too much waiting. Getting things done at BB seems to take forever. Rarely do we see ideas implemented in weeks.
Since we've always had our sights set on x-platform development, we'll just accelerate the movement and we'll seriously be considering coaching users into sideloading our apps.

 

@samyotte
- The reviewers were unprepared for the load and made some serious mistakes when reviewing apps. An appeal should be possible and an app reviewed within 48h if no new file was submitted for the appeal
- The team doesn't reply to tickets or emails sent to the address written in emails coming from BB World. It makes us feel completely ignored. To add insult to injury, we do get the emails telling us about missing deadlines...
- Your branding police is not adequately trained and blocks releases without any valid reasons. BB shouldn't even get involved from my point of view, unless there is a reported violation
- You have no escalation process in place and only offer direct contact to a few very helpful people on this forum (, but not everybody knows about it)

 

Because of all this, you're blocking an app which was first submitted 3 months ago. This is ridiculous.

 

@thubalek - Very good description of the issues we've encountered.


+1 for paid apps getting reviewed faster
+1 for faster approval time for trusted devs

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Developing for BlackBerry 10 devices using the Sencha Touch framework.
Developer
Posts: 6,541
Registered: ‎10-27-2010
My Device: HTC One, PlayBook, LE Z10, DE Q10

Re: Why I stopped developing for Blackberry

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It has just gotten to a point where a developers tries hard to get a product out, and they are hit with nothing but obstacles.  The simple things are the most frustrating:

  • Upgrade on Z10, prevents upgrade on PlayBook
  • Change base price, and user has to repurchase on PlayBook
  • Submit a ticket for information, never hear back (have to use back channels)
  • User's cant download updates from Z10 because of "Network issues"
  • Apps dont run and hard to explain to user's that it is an OS update and it might be months before they see it
  • Weeks to get an update released
  • BFBB confusion
  • Developer device confusion
  • Poor BBW searches
  • Inconsistent copyright protection
  • No method for try and buy (IAP fine for new apps, wont work for existing apps)
  • [EDIT] JIRA entries not responded to until after the SDK release is done.

I know BB folks are trying hard, but it just gets exhaustive to find an obstacle on every turn.

Developer
Posts: 325
Registered: ‎10-01-2012
My Device: Dev Alpha C, Playbook 32 GB

Re: Why I stopped developing for Blackberry

+10, this is perfect summary. Agree with EVERY point.

BB has to understand that there is limited number of mobile developers in the world. BB will hardly compete with other platforms until issues mentioned above fixed.
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Developer
Posts: 325
Registered: ‎10-01-2012
My Device: Dev Alpha C, Playbook 32 GB

Re: Why I stopped developing for Blackberry

BTW: This thing drives my nuts currently more than the others:

 

http://supportforums.blackberry.com/t5/BlackBerry-10-Limited-Edition/Bad-News-for-those-expecting-de...

 

I'm really curious what kind of genius invented that we have to send Dev Alpha before getting Z10 (I would be absolutely OK to pay refundable deposit that will not be returned if I don't send Dev Alpha).

 

I'm without any physical BB10 device since early March.

 

I'm on Mac where even emulator needs to be paid (about 50 USD) or so.  

 

I have ready two major updates of my apps and waiting to test them on physical hardware before sending them into BB World. I'll not risk that I'll send something that is not working and then wait couple of weeks for approval of bugfix.

 

This is really crazy.

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Developer
Posts: 6,541
Registered: ‎10-27-2010
My Device: HTC One, PlayBook, LE Z10, DE Q10

Re: Why I stopped developing for Blackberry

We were suppose to get a Dev-C device (Q10) since we "ported" our apps to Q10 during JAM Amsterdam, and we never received it. Looks like a lot of people have received them. Never received any information, nothing. And yes, we entered our contact info in the file at JAM Amsterdam.

Maybe, we should have followed up sooner, but since there was no talk about when the Q10 were hitting the market, we thought we would not need them till mid-summer. Now we hear that the Q10 will hit some markets in a couple of weeks.
Contributor
Posts: 16
Registered: ‎01-06-2013
My Device: BlackBerry 10 - Z10 LE

Re: Why I stopped developing for Blackberry

Yes, just be careful while choosing the app name. Otherwise it may cause some legal issue later...