RIM Will NOT be “Another Undifferentiated Android Handset”

Here is an interesting read a tech Blogger Robert Scoble recently wrote  a post on Google+ stating why he doesnt think RIM stand a chance with developers on Silicon Valley. Hit the break to see what her wrote:

Research in Motion, you know, the folks that make the Blackberry, aren’t too happy with me. Why not? Because I keep pointing out to them that developers have deserted its platform. In the past week I’ve visited 25 startups (which explains why I haven’t been so active on Google+ or Twitter lately) and only a couple of them have supported Blackberry in any way (and even those two admit that Android and iOS are way better choices for most developers).

I just don’t see how RIM turns around this lack of developer support and, to me, that dooms them to falling market share, falling profits, and many many deep problems that most of us call “a death spiral” for a company.

Now, we’ve seen that companies can pull out. Apple, back in 1997, was in much the same spot, except Apple didn’t face two strong competitors who were battling each other.

Most of these developers say it’s a no brainer to build apps for iOS first, then Android. Some say the other way around. But when you ask them “what else?” then the answers are a lot less strong. MIcrosoft is even struggling to get developer support, with about 2% marketshare against Android and iOS. But Microsoft is in a stronger position than RIM is.

I just don’t see how most of the world’s “pro” development shops (I.E. the ones that are venture backed) will support more than Android and iOS. They just don’t have the resources to do that. And if they did I don’t see why they would support four OS’s. That just doesn’t seem to be a smart business decision.

So, what’s my advice for RIM? Punt and go with Android. It’ll be interesting to see what they say about that advice and whether or not they let me discuss their answers in public.

So, if you are a RIM fan, tell me why RIM has a future, even without developer support?

And don’t answer that they have great marketshare in some weird market like Africa or Brazil. That’s true, but only because they are giving away SMS and data plans for near nothing. That won’t save them because it’s like having a chicken without a head. It will run around the yard for a while and look “alive.” But it still has no head and eventually Android figures out how to match the pricing in those markets too and then the chicken stops running around the yard.

Alec Saunders, RIM’s head of developer relations has stepped up and answered back:

Open Standards.  After iOS and Android, the next thing developers are focused on is HTML5, because they’re looking for a solution that will let them target multiple handset vendors, not just one.  RIM has, hands-down, the best implementation of HTML5 in mobile today.  PlayBook OS 2.0 benchmarks better than any other mobile implementation (just point your PlayBook atHTML5Test.com), and better than every desktop browser, except Chrome 16. It also includes WebGL for accelerated 3D graphics, and with WebWorks, we can free HTML5 code from the browser, let you upload it to AppWorld, and turn that HTML5 website into a revenue generating HTML5 application.  How ‘bout them apples?

For those that really want performance, PlayBook OS and our upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS are POSIX operating systems that you program with C and C++. Another open standard, with over 30 years of code written that’s compliant.   As one blogger recently wrote, Cross Platform Begins With C.

Soon we’ll add our secret sauce – a graphical UX framework called Cascades.  Stay tuned for that!

Open Communities.  One of the things that we’ve worked hard at is to embrace communities of developers.  So, you can build applications on our platforms using Flash, Android, gaming frameworks like Marmalade, Unity, and Shiva3d, open source like Qt, Boost, Cocos2dx, scripting languages like Lua, and so on.  If you’ve got a code base that you’d like to bring to BlackBerry, we want to help.

Open Source, Open Communities, and Open Standards like HTML5, C and C++ running on a POSIX framework.  What’s more mom and apple pie than that?

We finished up by agreeing to chat again at South by Southwest.

It wasn’t my intent to change Scoble’s mind today, but rather to engage in a conversation.  It’s time for us to start a dialog with the Valley, and what better way than by starting with one of the Valley’s most prominent voices?


Via: BerryReview

  • Maxmz02

    RIM has strange culture and self distruct political environment.

    In RIM if a new hired person figure out major problem and introduce efficient approach, both manager and his buddy group member will proof their wrong approach works. just like someone point out driving a car is right way, pushing a car is wrong way, then both manager and his buddy group member will hate you, and proof that 3 person can also move the car by pushing it. cheating email will be sent to some vice president, saying like: see, the car moving, pushing a car is a natural part of the process, in order to deny new hired contribution of introducing skill of drive a car, they have to deny merit of driving a car.

    It is very strange company culture and strange company political environment, it promote stealing and cheating skill. RIM’s management may be a typical instance in MBA course.

    This culture deny or steal hardworking team members’ contribution/innovation, generate strange political environment, destroy RIM.