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Seesmic giving up on BlackBerry

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Seesmic giving up on BlackBerry
It seems that it isn't just consumers losing interest in BlackBerry, but developers are too. Seesmic has just announced that it will stop developing for the BlackBerry OS in order to focus on iOS, Android and Windows Phone 7 instead. 

Seesmic is the maker of a cross-platform social networking app, much like TweetDeck or HootSuite, which acts as a one stop hub for services like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and FourSquare. In an a blog post today, Team Seesmic said that as of June 30th they will stop support for the BlackBerry OS in order to focus on their "most popular" platforms in iOS, Android and WP7. 

BlackBerry has seen a huge drop in market share in the last few years and continues to lose ground to smartphone competitors, and BlackBerry App World has often been criticized for having a limited selection and overpriced apps. This is just another blow to RIM as it is trying to find a space for itself in quickly evolving mobile space. 

source: Seesmic

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posted on 20 Jun 2011, 16:50 3

1. 87168 (unregistered)


Slowly but surely....more developers will follow suit.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 17:08 3

2. Coolaaron88 (Posts: 6; Member since: 20 Jun 2011)


RIM is a sinking ship

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 17:19

3. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


PALM is hanging on the RIM.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 19:01 2

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5876; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Customers, developers and staff are leaving Rim. I wonder how long before Rim gets acquired and by who?

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 19:32 1

5. Lwazi (unregistered)


I think we should focus on the real issue here and not get wires crossed. Seesmic are giving up on BlackBerry not because it is no longer a valuable market, no. But because Ubermedia's UberSocial is the most popular Twitter app and they cannot compete in that space.

And I am being open about this because I have tried Seesmic for BB and it is not as good an experience as UberSocial and it still treads behind Twitter for BB app and Hootsuite. I also would not be surprised if it is doing worse than SocialScope. SocialScope captured a lot of former Ubertwitter (now UberSocial) users after Twitter filed breach of Twitter's T's&C's against Ubermedia and all other app makers which had "twitter" or similar wording on their app names.

Yes, Seesmic for Windows/Desktop are great and I use them on my laptop. Maybe Seesmic should try and up the ante instead of giving up on BB and leaving speculators to think BB is not a viable market.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 19:37

6. Lwazi (unregistered)


And yes, RIM are going through a rough patch but who started the rumors about an acquisition? Because that rumor is everywhere...

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 22:33

9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5876; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Acquisitions are an inevitable result of a failed business model. Most recently, Palm was acquired by HP. If Rim can not reverse the slide (and all indications at the moment are that it won't), it will be in play for an acquisition.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 20:09

7. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 514; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


Holy Iceburg Batman!....The Titanic is sinking.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 20:11

8. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 514; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


If the Blackberry Torch had more horsepower and if QNX came out two years ago, the story would be different.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 22:40

10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5876; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


But it didn't. The same could be said about MS and WP7. But it didn't. The difference is that MS has a cash cow that is funding the multiple mistakes that MS has made trying to enter the smartphone market. RIM doesn't have the MS cash cow.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 14:37

11. ~ (unregistered)


The only thing keeping RIM alive right now is there contracts with businesses, If i were in the phone business right now, i would wait till RIM is about to literally die then jump in and buy them for all there business contracts. If you did this you would gain a lot of enterprise market plus everything else RIM has.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 23:57

12. webOSdev2.0 (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Despite what everyone is saying I'm satisfied with my Blackberry Bold 9780, I like it more than the iPhone and Android phones simply because it does what I need it to at no extra cost or battery management, I'm excited for the BB Bold Touch, and people who say RIM is dying RIM has been making phones longer than most and I'm sure they have an ace up the sleeve.

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