Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Apr 2013 21:16 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "A recent poll by MKM Partners reveals that an overwhelming 83% of Americans do not know that BlackBerry has launched their new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone or new Blackberry 10 platform. The company's trouble does not just include marketing woes. The Wall Street Journal reports that over 50% of customers have returned their BlackBerry smartphones after trying out the platform. That is not to say that BlackBerry hasn't reached the top of any list. We learned today that BlackBerry is the most undesirable smart phone, learning that 71% of people would not consider the BlackBerry under any circumstances." BlackBerry denies the return rate figures, but that still leaves the others. This is devastating.
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The problem with platforms these days ...
by Jondice on Thu 11th Apr 2013 22:26 UTC
Jondice
Member since:
2006-09-20

is that everyone has to have an exclusive store. This makes it hard to migrate, to say the least.

Desktops/Laptops: Apple store, Windows 8 store, Ubuntu store, etc.

Tablets/Phones: Android (Google or Amazon), Windows Phone store (whatever its called), Blackberry store, Apple Store


All modern consoles ... too lazy to list.

Edited 2013-04-11 22:27 UTC

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Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

Good point. However, most apps that really matter are free. Games are an exception and I agree that there should be more support for publishers to offer their own licensing terms so that one license can cover the product on multiple platforms. I guess that's one good thing about web apps / SaaS at least...

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Good point. However, most apps that really matter are free.

For Android users, perhaps. The rest of us are far less tolerant of ad-infested crap.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

is that everyone has to have an exclusive store. This makes it hard to migrate, to say the least.

Not precisely. More specifically, it's that each platform has exclusive applications. Whether they primarily come from an application store as on phones and tablets, or from the web as on desktops and laptops doesn't matter. If I've spent a lot of money on stuff for one platform (and believe me, I have) I'm not likely to move to another one unless there's a sound benefit to doing so. There is also the question of not just app exclusivity, but of availability. Some of the apps I depend on are only available on Mac OS X, and there are either no equivalent Windows counterparts or else said equivalents will run me five times what the Mac versions do. Why would I pay much more just to get the functionality I already have? On mobiles, at least for now, the cost of apps is considerably cheaper but the problem still remains and probably always will. There's only so much you can do with compatibility layers, and there are always going to be app developers that eithr favor or are exclusive to one platform or the other. Most users don't even give a damn about the platform, it's the apps that draw them to one or the other. The only ones who care about the actual platform are either app developers, those like us who frequent sites like this, or those who make a living off of supporting the users of certain platforms.

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dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Exactly, if BB was smart they would negotiate with app devs that simply repackage their APKs to the plaform an ability to reinstall these free of charge on BB if one has already bought these on Play. They would also release a nice migration tool on Android to move the data as well.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Desktops/Laptops: Apple store, Windows 8 store, Ubuntu store, etc.


App store or not, it has never been easy migrating between such different platforms.

Tablets/Phones: Android (Google or Amazon), Windows Phone store (whatever its called), Blackberry store, Apple Store


I can't remember a time when it was easy to migrate between different phones. I can't remember when it was particularly hard either.

In short, app stores has nothing to do with it. The "problem is that all these platforms are fundamentally different and have some applications that are unique. This has ALWAYS been the case in computing. Its not like it was "easy' to migrate between a Commodore 64 and a TI-99.

In fact, App stores might make it easier to migrate between different platforms since it could be easier to find the apps youre used to on the new platform.

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

It has never been another way.

Mainframes:

B5000, PDP, Vax, System/360, ....


Micros

ZX Spectrum, BBC Micro, Apple II, TRS-80, Commodore 64,...

16 Bit Systems

Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, Apple Lisa, PC, ....

32 bit Home Market
Apple, OEM PC

Enterprise with big bucks
UNIX workstations each one with its UNIX flavour, Mainframes

Game consoles

Atari 2600, Nintendo, N64, Mega Drive, Game boy, .....


I for one welcome the platform diversity we are starting to have again. It allows for manufactures to make a better experience (software+hardware) and fosters competition.

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