04-02-2010 11:05 AM
Interesting numbers reported by Brainstorm Tech this morning.
According to a recent poll by Flurry Analytics, here are the numbers for new app starts in the past 90 days:
Here is the link:
Doesn't make one feel real good about being a Blackberry Developer.
04-02-2010 11:36 AM
No its not pretty but (hopefully) with the new dev tools RIM will be releasing (hopefully soon) it should make it much easier to develop.
I know a bunch of people who develop for the iPhone but all they know is how to drag and drop controls to make the GUI, then they bug me on how to write the code for it. So having a bunch of developers who know BlackBerry inside out getting their hands on WYSIWYG tools should be helpful.
On a side note I think you meant:
04-02-2010 02:24 PM
I think that the underlying issue is that RIM decided years ago that 3rd party apps were not important. This turned out to be a self-fullfilling prophecy, at least on the Blackberry platform.
By the time Apple proved otherwise, it was too late for RIM to change their minds. App World has been very dissapointing (in my view) and not adequately promoted. At this point, RIM seems to have conceded the consumer application market to Apple and Android.
04-02-2010 03:31 PM
As much as I don't like it, I have to agree with you. App World does need some work (though ironically I have some friends with iPhones/iPod Touches that think App World is better then the App Store) and just the whole platform in general needs tweaking and reworking.
Apple and Android development took off because they had easy to use tools and it wasn't hard for someone who never programmed to write an app. With BlackBerry some things that many devs want are either not implemented or not implemented fully.
I would love to make a list of things that RIM needs to change in order to make BlackBerry a true competator to Apple and Android but it would probably be better in the management forum.
04-02-2010 04:02 PM
I think that there are some needed features on the BlackBerry platform, but as a solo deveolpoer this is not truly bad news to me. This means there is less competition and if I write a great app then I have more time to promote myself rather than some large company copying one of my ideas and making it more profitable for them. I have had several apps that have been copied and seem to be doing better than mine with their ability to do quicker updates and add more features at a faster rate. But that is only my opinion.
04-02-2010 04:24 PM