There has been a slew of new BlackBerry 7 devices that have launched recently and one of the first things you notice about them is the number of “not available for your device” messages in App World. This sends a negative message to not only the consumer, but especially to developers. Why should developers update their apps for OS 7 when RIM doesn’t even see the need to prepare for launch date?
A good example of this is with the BlackBerry Curve 9380 which has already launched on carriers such as TELUS and O2. Here are some first party apps that by RIM that aren’t available for the Curve 9380:
The Tungle app for the Bold 9900 has been set to available in App World but it comes with a big white bar along the right hand side. After emailing Tungle, we got a message back saying that the app is not compatible for the Bold 9900. Then why would they have it listed as supported? This company has been acquired by RIM and the whole device support listing is messed up.
Whenever I think of apps that I’d like to see updated for OS 7 such as LinkedIn, I can’t help but think that maybe if RIM took the time to make sure its own apps were updated, it would encourage third parties to do the same.