This has surely happened to you: you’ve tried to “Plus1″ an article for Google Plus but your BlackBerry is not supported. Currently, a Bold 9900 OS 7.1 device gets an error message if you try and +1 an article or website. For a company the size of Google, with its engineer-heavy staff, support for OS 7 should be trivial.
This shouldn’t happen at Google.
Currently, OS 7 is probably only around 10% of the BlackBerry market. But, BlackBerry 7 devices have better browsers and its users demand a better web experience. Google could capitalize on the BlackBerry 7 user base’s increased web usage and simply optimize the site for BlackBerry. To simply put an error message on the page and ask the user to leave the mobile experience is a lazy engineering decision.
Supporting the latest OS 7 devices isn’t hard and it’s bad for Google’s business to not optimize their mobile products for new devices. Around 10% of BB users are on 7 but that’s not the point. The point is that OS 7 isn’t hard to accomodate and you’re making a bad business out of not supporting the latest mobile devices.
The above comes from the experience of trying to “+1″ the following article: