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Alec Saunders Responds to Survey Claiming RIM is Losing Developer Interest

BlackBerry 10 Jam world tour Montreal

We avoided mentioning this survey earlier today due to the traditional “lies, damn lies, and statistics!” problem I have with surveys that lack any details of how they were preformed. The latest one from Baird Equity Research (via AllThingsD) questioned 4,300 developers interest and long term outlook for different platforms. Their results of their survey point to RIM losing mind share with developers for both current generation BlackBerry and BlackBerry 10 development.

RIM’s head of developer relations, Alec Saunders, has thankfully taken the stand on the official BlackBerry developer blog to refute these findings. He throws around details about RIM’s vendors in App World growing 157% and PlayBook apps growing by 15,000 since January 1st of this year. He also showed that BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour has been at capacity or oversold in many of the 23 cities around the world.

Check out the full details here from Alec Saunders. Personally I know devs are really excited about BlackBerry 10 especially with the greatly improved toolset and access they are getting from RIM. If you are a dev let us know what you have been working on!

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  1. The full survey is far less negative on BlackBerry.

  2. Three other things worth mentioning are found in the full report:

    1) The respondents were primarily iOS developers
    2) “. We believe that many developers who planned to jump ship have already made the move, leaving a BlackBerry developer base that is smaller but increasingly loyal.”
    3) “Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated and/or its affiliates expect to receive or intend to seek investment-banking related compensation from the company or companies mentioned in this report within the next three months.”

  3. As usual, the truth lies in between those extremes.

    The sampling isn’t very good and numbers used by RIM don’t reflect the truth, because some of the growth has been artificially inflated.

    • Agreed.

      Also, I don’t think the “time” this survey has been conducted (pre-bb 10 launch) can give one a true indication of developer’s thoughts to development for RIM, as quoted “RIM losing mind share with developers …. and BlackBerry 10 development.”. The growth of an App store’s user base also influences the willingness for developers to work on a platform. I’m sure if the iStore was doing crap dev’s wouldn’t be interested in coding in objective-c or for the iOS too. I’ll accept a survey’s result, only after launch, and an acceptable amount of time has been given for user’s to influence devs decision.

      Most of the developer interviews I’ve seen around BB10 has gotten awesome and excited feedback from developers. Being a developer myself, the BB10 (and playbook) tools are great, much better than previous bb tools.

  4. The most important point in Marc’s list is number 3. That fact is the most important driving force behind the continuous stream of negative spin on anything RIM in the review community, blogosphere and tech opiners. Never mind all the huge sums being made by shortsellers who may be the ultimate source of the payoff here.

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