Developers losing faith in BlackBerry's prospects

Developers losing faith in BlackBerry's prospects
When it rains it pours. The saying is especially true for phone makers nowadays - whenever a company starts losing market share, some form of chain reaction gets activated and it’s extremely hard to stop sliding down from there on. Now, RIM is experiencing this first hand as it’s losing not only sales, but developer confidence and trust into its BlackBerry platform.

A recent survey of BlackBerry developers done by Baird Equity Research found that repeated delays of BlackBerry 10 and dwindling sales have pushed developer confidence to a new low. The 200 sampled devs out of a set of 4,300 showed trust in BB10 fall to 3.8 from 4.6 on a 10-degree scale.

Summing up the facts, now we’ve had two consecutive quarters during which confidence dropped by around 30%. Additionally, an overwhelming majority of 71% of devs were intrigued by the recent Windows Phone 8 announcement.

source: Baird Equity Research via All Things D



1. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Even myself losing faith in sad

2. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

the only reason that they're still in business is because the government still uses them. I'll give them 3 years to improve or they're going bankrupt

4. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

less than that IMO. werent there stories of some government agencies picking up android and iOS already?

7. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

there was a story about it, bt they stayed with blackberry because of their security advances

9. Aeires unregistered

Military went with Android, most for it's ability to modify the OS to fit their needs.

3. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I'm actually wondering why RIM's CEO is very confident BB10 will succeed. The only reason I can think of is if BB10 can directly download apps from the PlayStore and be fully compatible with Android apps without any re-writing from devs. Now that would be something up their sleeves.

5. ilia1986 unregistered

Better switch to Android before it's too late. Btw it's great to be back after not being here for a week due to windows re-installation and all. :)

6. MeoCao unregistered

Exactly, RIM justr doesn't have resources to compete with Google, Apple and MS. It should concentrate in what it does best and that is securirty and messaging. And it should not choose WP as it will have to pay license fees for a inferior OS.

11. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I agree, I think BlackBerry and Nokia should have just switched to a fully skinned version of Android. They would have an OS that didn't cost them anything, a huge app ecosystem, and instant customer recognition... Meh, stupid moves on the parts of CEOs...

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Blame the CEO

10. akita256

Posts: 98; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

Heins just looks like a babe in the woods. He doesn't appear to have a clue.

12. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

Maybe they were afraid of competing against Samsung, HTC, Motorola, since they do put out a lot of android handsets. But on the other hand they're still competing against them but with a long forgotten OS.

13. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Heinz is reported to have said that it is better that BB10 gets released Q1 2013 so it doesn't compete with devices from other platforms in Q4 2012. That sure sounds like Heins is not too confident BB10 can slug it out with Jelly Bean, iOS6, WP8. If he doesn't sound too confident, no wonder developers are not too confident either.

15. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Wrong. He probably wanted it delayed to Q12013 since they probably were not ready to launch by Q32012. Q4 is going to be oversaturated, as that quarter will see the new Iphone, likely the new Nexus phone, new WP8 handsets, and other new Android models. Video games have delays like this too, a lot of big games come out in Q4, and some get washed under the current despite their marketing and quality, just because of the sheer options available. People can't afford to play them all, so makes more sense to delay from a couple more months, when they could have the market to themselves, and won't have to spend as much promoting the product to make a similar impact. Plus that delay allows for fine tuning. Something that BB10 shares with some high profile titles that get delayed into the next year. Those couple of months can make all the difference. I guess the matter is, does RIM have the cash flow and reserves to last that long?

14. Jay2ice

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 15, 2012

Doakie, I'm so sure Nokia wont regret having picked up windows phone but most people are so short-sighted they can't see beyond their noses.

16. jack1059

Posts: 72; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

RIM keep missing release dates. And missing the most important release date for your company - the release of BB10 - was disasterous. Hard to climb out of that hole when youre on a downard spiral as it is. I think there is a slim chance they can do it. But BB10 had better be simply stellar. Otherwise I cant see them recovering.

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