We told you yesterday that the very popular Appcelerator Titanium Mobile platform was coming to BlackBerry very very soon. Now we have an official date of December 7th for the prerelease version. That means developers will have time to bring their apps to BlackBerry 10 and get their Dev Alpha. Devs will be able to reuse about 65-90% of their code when porting some of the 50,000 Titanium Mobile apps. Check out the details in the press release.
What is also great to see is Alec Saunders reaching out directly with a guest post on the Appcelerator blog stating simply that There is No Better Time – Carpe Diem Devs. He goes on to explain how BlackBerry 10 is not the BlackBerry development platform that they heard of over a year ago and what has changed since. To sum it up in his own words:
I don’t build BlackBerry 10 apps, you say. I say, Why not? There’s never been a better time for a developer who wants commercial success for their apps.
And yes, I’ve heard it all before – that BlackBerry is a dinosaur, that it’s hard to develop for, that people aren’t using BlackBerry smartphones, that there are no apps on BlackBerry. It’s not easy to admit this, but there are elements of truth to these statements… or there were.
It is truly amazing the difference that a year can make.
I have to wholeheartedly agree. Its like a totally different company.