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The New York Times Discontinues Their BlackBerry Smartphone App


Anyone who was actually using the New York Times app on their BlackBerry probably saw this one coming. The app has been barely updated in years and the mobile website was a better bet in most cases. Still there will be some who will be saddened to hear that it is no longer with us. The New York Times has been struggling to replace their business model as the printed news industry goes into a tailspin and their latest cutback has been their BlackBerry and WebOS apps including their DealBook BlackBerry Reader. They did offer a replacement homescreen shortcut here.

My guess is they needed to make some drastic/costly changes to continue support and they saw RIM was moving away from BlackBerry 7 to BlackBerry 10 which did not warrant the investment. Either way we hope to see them release an app for the PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 in the future.

Check out the full announcement on the NYTimes website (via Bloomberg)

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  1. Sucks to be BlackBerry recently, but I really don’t care about NYT! This news has taken on more meaning than it should. The media is using this as more proof that the platform is shrinking. We’ll see what happens come January…

  2. I have not tried the NYT app nor have I tried their mobile site but really, why do we care? This type of app is not all that useful, I have installed many news source apps and never used any. I use RSS and Twitter. A properly developed HTML site is the proper thing for a news organization, App are a wast of their resources.

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