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Dave Balmer Joins RIM Developer Relations Team from WebOS

Leaving WebOS for BlackBerry

It is nice to see RIM’s Developer Relations Team getting some great cross pollination from other platforms with the latest coming from WebOS. Dave Balmer previously worked as a developer evangelist for WebOS and HTML5 and is now bringing that expertise to RIM. What is most interesting is his reasoning for doing so and why he thinks RIM is picking up the torch WebOS dropped in terms of leadership in HTML development.

I highly recommend checking out his “Leaving WebOS but not the Web!” write up but most of all you should read his three reasons for why he thinks RIM will succeed where WebOS failed:

Monday is my first day at RIM. You know, the BlackBerry folks. Like Palm, RIM has received some negative press of late. Some layoffs and restructuring are looming, and some of the tech media are skeptical of RIM’s future. While some of that sounds familiar, here are just a few important differences to me:

1. While webOS fell behind the market leaders in HTML5 support, RIM has pushed forward. In fact, the early BlackBerry 10 (BB10) browser looks to be top dog. Today, HTML5 Test gives it a whopping score of 447. This is a higher score than iOS 5 (324), higher still than Android 4 (273), and even slightly higher than the top desktop browser score (Chrome Canary with 442). Source:

2. RIM gets that web developers can and should be equal citizens with native developers. For the past two years, they’ve been steadily moving towards complete system access parity between c/c++, Adobe Air, and Java (Android flavor). In other words, they support more tools for developers to make great apps than anyone else in the mobile space today.

3. As a user, BB10 itself is damn awesome. It has some of goodies I liked from webOS, iOS and even Win7; but all streamlined and more functional. Plus, there are even more unique features and slick interactions which help put it way over the top in my book…. and it’s not even released yet. I haven’t been this excited about a mobile platform in a long while, and judging from meeting a ton of other excited developers at a BlackBerry 10 Jam, I’m not the only one.

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  1. It is wonderful to read a positive story about RIM. Balmer and team need to rock the sh_t out of BB10, and release a fully baked OS on time (or even early) on some great hardware. I want to see RIM get back on top of its perch so I can look down at all of the iSheep and sneer as they come crawling looking for BB 10 scraps.

  2. I hope what he says is true, if it is it is hard not to be excited. That said, so tired of waiting.

  3. I love to hear this good news about BB10. I really hope RIM can break trhough the knne jerk media reaction that nothing can compete with Apple.

    BB10 might not have all the Apple Apps, but I’d take a bet that it’ll be a better phone in terms of functionality than the (now dated) iPhone. I just hope it gets a fair shake.

  4. Yeah it is nice to hear what developers think of BlackBerry 10 since they have seen the most of it. The real challenge will be winning over consumers again.

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