Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Oct 2011 21:02 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless What many of us wondered the moment Research In Motion announced the PlayBook's QNX-based operating system has now transpired: the Canadian smartphone and tablet company has announced BBX, their QNX-based operating system for both smartphones and tablets - in other words, the expansion of the PlayBook operating system into smartphones.
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by Moochman on Wed 19th Oct 2011 19:48 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: ..."
Moochman
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Hmm, I guess we see things differently. To my mind it's smart of them to abandon backwards compatibility with their old phone OS apps.

First of all, from an end-user perspective, from what I hear, Android apps tend to be a whole lot slicker, more polished, and better supported than their BlackBerry counterparts. It's like the difference between Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Phone 7--I think it's safe to say that WP7 end-users are collectively breathing a sigh of relief that those old Windows Forms apps are a thing of the past--and the story is bound to be similar for BBX.

As for the developers--how many BlackBerry-only (as opposed to BB and Android) developers are there really? And of those, how many of the apps they put out are truly innovative and not just making up for some deficiency of the BlackBerry OS? Really I'd estimate that the number of developers actually getting burned as you say is pretty low. And this, combined with the poor end-user story, means it makes sense that RIM didn't waste effort on backwards compatibility.

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