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Choosing a Target Device OS – now updated!

Quoted from this blog post:  Choosing a Target Device OS – now updated!


We’re often asked for advice on how to choose a minimum version of BlackBerry® Device Software to target for BlackBerry® smartphone applications. There’s no one right answer, as there are many important considerations that will be unique and based on a solid understanding of your application, your end users, and other requirements.


However, we can help with a few common variables: supported smartphones and key features, and information about BlackBerry subscribers and downloads from BlackBerry App World™. It’s simple – you want to build the best possible app (a Super App!) and get the most bang for your development buck!


In August, we added a new page to the ‘Getting Started’ area on the BlackBerry® Developer Zone, and it has just been updated with information from November. Did you know that you can now reach 93% of BlackBerry smartphones by targeting BlackBerry® Device Software v4.5 and higher? This is up 10% from August. Also, you can reach almost half of BlackBerry smartphones by targeting BlackBerry® Device Software 5.0 and 6.


For more OS and BlackBerry App World information, check out Choosing a Target Device OS.


I wish you happy building and happy selling – and happy holidays too!

Mark Sohm
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Re: Choosing a Target Device OS – now updated!

That's AWESOME Mark.. I was wondering when these stats would be updated Smiley Happy


What is very cool is that 86% of those buying apps are 5.0+ which is exactly the target OS for BlackBerry WebWorks development.

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