Another day, another “report”, this time courtesy of William Power of Baird & Co., who are stating that RIM is “bleeding” developers. The report found that 31 per cent of BB10 developers had shifted their work to other operating systems this quarter, with the main beneficiary being Google’s Android system.
“We believe that many developers who planned to jump ship have already made the move, leaving a BlackBerry developer base that is smaller but increasingly loyal,” Power wrote, in a report that prompted one website to say RIM is “bleeding developers.”
Power’s survey of roughly 200 developers found their long-term view of BB10 slumped this quarter, falling from 4.6 to 3.8 on a scale of 1 to 10. Sentiment on RIM’s existing BlackBerry 7 operating system was even lower, falling from 3.8 to 2.8. In contrast, Apple’s iOS had a rating of 9.3 while Android had 8.7. Microsoft’s yet-to-be-launched Windows 8 was at 6.3.
While I get where these reports are coming from, I don’t believe it’s as bad as they are making it out to be. I attended BlackBerry World and BlackBerry10Jam in Toronto; both were full of eager and excited developers. From all over Canada, US and overseas, these people were proud and excited of what they had created – you couldn’t help but support them. Analysts are riding the waves of recent bad press and exaggerating the truth of what is really going on among the developer community.
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Full article via TorontoStar