10-19-2011 07:13 AM
It just reminds us that they needed the App World and BB Java developers to help them sell devices.
If RIM has an Android player, they also have plenty applications to attract users.
And with BBX in C++, they will support cross platform SDKs as Marmalade and attract games developers.
For the core function of BB (mail, pim, ...) they do not need us.
For me, it seems they want to attract developers from other platforms instead of supporting BB developers.
And if you compare the number of BB developer and the number of developers for the other platforms, we are a drop in the ocean.
I just hope I am wrong.
10-19-2011 07:25 AM
There were indications that this was going to happen. At least RIM should have made their plans clear to their developer base some time ago, instead of promising that a Java ME player for QNX will come at a later time and now silently killing off BBOS apps completely.
I hope that at least the Android player will be good, so that developing in Android could be an alternative.
10-19-2011 07:41 AM
Yes hendrik, the android player is good. My Android applications work on the Playbook perfectly, with just a bit latency, which is normal for a beta version.
But still we just lost years of experience. They could have warned us about this decision sooner.
10-19-2011 07:42 AM
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10-19-2011 08:45 AM
Yep, they didn't just leave us hanging, they told us BB apps would soon be running on the PlayBook, and that implied they'd run on QNX phones too.
That was a key consideration when deciding to spend 2011 on BB instead of other platforms.
10-19-2011 08:57 AM
With the android player, no one needs to develop for BlackBerry any more, and I don't think it will be 100% perfect, so I think it's not a good idea.
10-19-2011 09:08 AM
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