Now this is some sad news. After showing off their beta browser for BlackBerry Skyfire has decided to put their BlackBerry browser on the back burner. We saw beta’s of the Skyfire browser working nicely on the BlackBerry so its a wonder that they decided to cut their losses. The really scary part are the reasons that Skyfire cites for decided to stop developing for the BlackBerry platform. (for now)
- Android is a rising star with a “rich, totally open environment, a healthy app market, and a healthy advertising and search ecosystem.” Flip that around and you understand what Skyfire is saying about the BlackBerry development environment.
- The second point does not even require me to summarize it: “Blackberry developer environment is not as favorable for cutting-edge application development. The APIs are fragmented and inconsistent, and the Java virtual machine Blackberry requires is not efficient.”
- The last point Skyfire makes is that they will consider developing for BlackBerry again when OS 6.0 comes out to fix the above problem
Anybody else sad to see Skyfire go? It always frustrates me that the BlackBerry development environment cannot handle developers and startups that want to push the limits due to the limitations RIM has imposed for “security,” “battery optimization”, & “Network Congestion.”
What do you think?