BlackBerry CEO calls for a law to oblige developers to make their content available for BB OS

In the midst of another flurry of Net Neutrality discussions, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has seen fit to draw analogies and proclaim app neutrality to be just as important. The message comes in the form of an open letter, sent to various members of US senate and president Barack Obama.
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11. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

We have monopoly laws to deal with this issue; one could argue that Android and particularly Apple/iOS are candidates for a monopoly scrutiny, but that's another story...

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

And to that I would agree. If what's going on with Android and iOS and developers is an unlawful monopoly, or "duopoly" , then the government should step in and take the appropriate measures. If not, then BlackBerry should not pursue this.

44. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's a number game. In case you aren't aware developing apps isnt cheap. Android and iOS have the numbers to warrant development. Numbers = profit be it ads or paid downloads. It's pretty stupid and ignorant to even think the government should get involved because they should not. What Chen is trying to is desperate instead of actually reaching out to developers.

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Did you even read my post, or did you just see my name and decided to respond? I'm well aware of why developers choose iOS and Android. I'm also well aware of the cost. I made that pretty evident in my original post. In case you aren't aware, I AGREE that this is not the right thing to do. I'm AGAINST it. But if there are shenanigans going on, like paying developers to solely develop for one platform and not another, then that needs to be addressed. I don't think what Chen is trying to do is desperate. I think he honestly feels that there are some unfair practices going on. I just think he's going about solving it the wrong way. I am, and have always been, pro choice.

58. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No i just saw you were wrong and saw fit to comment.

59. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

No, you didn't read my comment at all. Or couldn't. Reading comprehension obviously isn't for everybody. It definitely isn't for you.

60. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I read your comment. Perhaps you should look at your own comprehension.

61. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Dude, if you read my post like you say you did, then you clearly didn't comprehend what I was saying(goes back to that reading comprehension thing). It's that or you're just trolling me as opposed to the article, to which I have to say, get off me.

62. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Funny how you accuse me of not reading your comment and just responding because of your name. How many times have you done it before? Again I read your comment otherwise I wouldn't be responding.

63. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

You didn't read my comment. You saw my name and got a hard on for me. Dude, as I said, get off me.

64. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Please keep me out of your little fantasies. Didn't stop you from misreading my comment and proceeding to complain about it for several comments.

65. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're still on me? What, are you lonely? Get off me, already.

66. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Wtf? Will you stop saying that. It's giving the wrong impression. I told you once before keep me out of your fantasies.

67. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

So you're just gonna stay on me, right? Even after I told you to get off me? You're really that lonely? You're not my type, Mxy. I like women, not little boys. Sheesh, some people just can't take "NO" for an answer.

68. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Forget this. You just turned this into creepy ville. Any further response from you just proves my point. I'm done responding to you kid.

69. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Bye bye! Thanks for playing, little boy!

13. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Sure he is right, but before asking for every developer to have to develop for every platform he should be asking himself and the others for and OS standard so you can develop the application just once and then port it everywhere. Asking the developers to do 5 times more work for no profit reeks desperation.

15. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

I like John Chen. But your don't build a network of people by force. Honestly I'm surprised and apolled by this action. So because your platform whilte great is not at the level where developers would jump to write apps for you; you intern want to force their hand. C'mon John don't start slipping now!!! Get it together.

16. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Good for you Mr. Chen, no discrimination against platforms. I support your actions of letting apps become available for everyone and then let the people choose what platform they desire, too long apps are used as a weapon of the larger platforms to keep down the little guys.

23. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

When I first read this I thought great for BlackBerry if it happens but why would Google or Apple let it happen. But after realizing that more and more information is being trapped in specific apps it makes sense. A web browser is no longer enough. If people really want net neutrality it ultimately means more than just equivalent speeds and availability. Because none of that does you any good if the information you need is stored in way that only certain people with certain devices or enough money can get it. So I say every developer should have to make available a common API that all platforms can adapt to and access data through. The developers can still charge a fee.

24. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I wonder if Apple and Google pay some developers not to develop for Windwos or BlackBerry. Or if they make them sign a contract that restricts them from doing that. That is something I would be against.

35. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That is another matter altogether that could result in stiff fines and penalties, not to mention the PR backlash.

25. ravipotter

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 27, 2012

For a while I thought I was reading theonion.com.

26. cncrim

Posts: 1585; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

LOL, it is a sign not confidence from CEO speaking out of desperation, force developer to do something they don't want to do.

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I wonder what drug is Chen on right now.

31. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Lol, keep dreaming Mr. Chen...

32. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It's no secret that BlackBerry is one of my preferred platforms but Chen has really come down with a severe case of foot-in-mouth disease. I'll give him some latitude in that South Korea is less of a capitalist nation than the US, but you can't force private sector entrepreneurs to do anything if it's not profitable. The Cuban in me is always leery of proponents of "equality for all" because that reeks of Communism. I think the modest success of the company's latest offerings may have given him the false sense that they can compete in the consumer market. John, stick with what got you to this point and develop to your strengths, Enterprise and Governments. The rest will take care of itself.

36. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

This makes no sense whatsoever. If a developer "refuses" to make an app for BlackBerry, it's because they determined that it's not worth it. Forcing a company to develop for such a small demographic could be forcing them to throw money down the toilet. It'd be like building a shopping mall in Luckenbach, Texas. You don't spend $10 to make $1. Or perhaps an app/game is intended exclusively for a specific platform. Should Nintendo release Mario and Zelda products for Play Station and X-Box? Should MS make Halo for other platforms, despite the amount of money they spent for the franchise to make it an exclusive?

39. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

As much as I like Microsoft, you shouldn't use them as an example. They're software whores and will sell any of their services to the highest bidder. No that there's anything wrong with that, but they are who they are.

46. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Having been a BB user for years and still owning a Z10 despite a Sony Xperia Z Ultra being my daily phone I know that BB apps tend to be more expensive than Android apps. Perhaps Mr. Chen should point out the possibility of higher profit per app sold to get developers interested. Maybe Netflix would create a BB app if they knew they could sell it for a few dollars.

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