Even though we’re a couple of years away from an actual legacy BlackBerry OS post-mortem, here are a few things that I won’t be missing about the mobile OS that defined smartphones. Unless you’ve been under-utilizing your device, you’ve probably acquired many of the same BlackBerry pet peeves as I have. Although it may seem that I’ve put together a BlackBerry shit list, It’s all stuff I’m glad the new platform won’t be inheriting because of good design.
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Like him or dislike him, Scoble gets a lot of attention in the Valley and as a startup, winning his attention is a big deal. RIM is at CES 2013 and while it’s not showing off devices in a huge pavilion like previous years, it did take the time to get Scoble a BlackBerry 10 device. His latest facebook post says,”Today I saw the new Blackberry 10 that will be announced in a few weeks. I liked it a lot but it won’t get any Apple or Android fan hot and bothered.” While the statement is wrapped in pessimism, there’s something very telling about it. Consider how much it takes to change the mind of someone like Scoble who has invested so much emotionally in saying RIM is dead. His statement, while not 100% positive, is coming from someone who very recently told Alec Saunders to give up and go Android. This is a huge change.
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Today, we look back on a year’s worth of BlackBerryCool articles and see an obvious problem with legacy BlackBerry devices that RIM needs to address with BlackBerry 10 and beyond. The top 5 articles, in terms of traffic, are all related to customers having a bad user experience. According to our traffic, BlackBerry users in 2012 found their devices difficult to use, slow and complicated to set up. Now, this is purely based on traffic to our site and doesn’t necessarily reflect the total BlackBerry user population. But it does show that there is a large amount of users that are searching for tips on how to fix and set up their BlackBerrys. This needs to be fixed in 2013.
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Sava Transmedia is a Montreal game studio of about 30 employees that makes the popular Facebook and iOS game Rubber Tacos. The game is free to play and is published by Zynga, which gives them a great deal of exposure and the volume required to make free to play work. We sat down at MIGS 2012 with Sava’s Director of Monetization Design, Jesse Glick.
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There’s a component of BlackBerry Balance that isn’t really being talked about but is very relevant to developers: the fact that Government and Enterprise now have access to consumer apps and games. RIM has something like a million government BlackBerrys in circulation in North America and they’re currently locked out of downloading apps and games. With BlackBerry Balance, these BlackBerrys will be first provisioned as consumer devices, with Balance creating a separate instance for Enterprise, allowing any Balance user to switch to their personal side of Balance and buy/download anything they want.
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We had a chat with Gregg Ostrowski this week about enterprise apps and BlackBerry 10. Gregg is the Senior Director of Enterprise Developer Partnerships and focuses on enterprise developers and “behind the firewall” applications. We were curious about how to sell Enterprise apps and what Gregg could offer developers and sales in terms of tips. Read on for more.
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