• Is RIM Bleeding Developers? Definitely Not

    Earlier today, a pretty laughable "survey" came out and spread through the web about how RIM is quickly losing developer interest. In a great post on the BlackBerry Developer Blog, Alec Saunders, VP of Developer Relations at RIM, addresses the report directly.

    Like most of us that read the report, Alec Saunders was also "shocked because the numbers in the report do not gel with what we’re seeing in the real world." He goes onto mention more specific examples of why it's completely incorrect to say developers are fleeing from BlackBerry 10.
    In the past year our BlackBerry App World ™ vendor base has grown 157 percent. We have developers submitting amazing apps for BlackBerry® PlayBook™ users. In fact, the BlackBerry PlayBook app catalog has grown by more than 15,000 apps since January 1 of this year. We just announced that more than three billion applications have been downloaded from BlackBerry App World since launch.

    But much more importantly, the BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour we are currently hosting in 23 cities across the globe has seen over capacity registration in almost every city, including New York, Santa Clara, Toronto, Jakarta, Singapore, Delhi, and Montreal. We have already spoken to almost 5,000 developers and the feedback has been phenomenal (don’t take my word for it, search Twitter for the hashtag #bb10jam).

    I have been receiving a lot of feedback from developers personally and I can tell you that I am hearing again and again that developers are amazed by how easy it is to work with the BlackBerry 10 tools. They appreciate the open nature of our platform, which allows developers to bring their work and their skills and find a toolset that will work for them. The other thing I hear consistently is that RIM simply treats developers better than anyone else in the mobile industry. That is music to my ears! I want to once again thank our developer community. You see what we are doing to increase our support for you. You see what RIM is building with BlackBerry 10 and the amazing opportunity to be part of our new platform and you have shared your enthusiasm and excitement with us.

    To all new developers coming on board, we are building something amazing and we know you will be impressed by the open nature of our platform and our commitment to you. Welcome!

    The numbers we have provided speak for themselves. Developers around the world are seeing that BlackBerry is here to help them build a successful business.
    Having personally attended the first ever BBM hackathon, BlackBerry World, and BlackBerry Jam NY, I can tell you these reports are about as incorrect as they can get. Not only has interest not declined, it's palpable how much interest has actually increased.

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