Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Aug 2013 22:18 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

"BlackBerry has a thriving ecosystem with BlackBerry 10." That's what CEO Thorsten Heins said this May at a developer conference before revealing that users had a choice of 120,000 apps from its still-young app market, BlackBerry World. The problem is that over a third of those apps come from a single developer. Yes, a Hong Kong-based company called S4BB has published just under 47,000 apps to BlackBerry World since launch. That's not a good sign of a "thriving ecosystem."

This is what happens when the technology press lets itself be dictated by companies. The companies were the ones who started touting quantity over quality when it comes to mobile application stores, and the press played right into their hands. In a statement to The Verge, BlackBerry confirms the issue, but states that it's not actually an issue at all. Of course they say that. They want to keep touting that number.

Companies wanted this to be a numbers game, and now it is. Go into any mobile application store, and 99.9% of the applications in it are crap. Comparing numbers reveals nothing. It never has, and never will.

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RE: Comment by Nelson
by ilovebeer on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 04:13 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
ilovebeer
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2011-08-08

What's significant is that it shows that the struggles in the mobile space are not due to the choice of an OS, but due to structural inefficiencies in the market. Its hard to gain a foothold, much less without a boatload of cash and persistence. Microsoft is having a hell of a time with unlimited money, BBRY certainly wasn't going to last long enough to make a long term play without some decent momentum.

It's more complex than being just a money game. And also the fact that Microsoft is struggling has more to do with absolutely horrible leadership than it does anything else. If they had good people making good decisions, they wouldn't be blowing through piles of cash.

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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 10:19 in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
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2005-11-29

It depends, some bad decisions were more consequential than others. I think it is a valid point to, I just don't know how large of a difference itd make, or if they'd be spending a lot less as a result.

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by ilovebeer on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 17:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

It depends, some bad decisions were more consequential than others. I think it is a valid point to, I just don't know how large of a difference itd make, or if they'd be spending a lot less as a result.

Since it's impossible to gauge what they would be spending under better leadership, I should have said they would be getting better return-on-investment. I didn't mean to downplay the importance of investment but I do believe they would be getting more and paying less. Bad business decisions tend to have financial consequences.

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