Originally Posted by CommonReader
I do complain that they claim that a product that depends on a global customer base like BB will fail just because it hasn't focused on very specific needs of a single national market.
He doesn't articulate it very well but the examples he cites are due to a very real *global* problem. The lack of the apps he cites are a *sympthom* of the hurdle BB has to surpass.
As I said above, BB needs apps.
And they need to get the popular apps to run on their system in a timely fashion.
But unless they are going to *pay* developers to port to their OS, they are going to be a low priority for most independent app developers.
If you are a developer looking to sell your blood sugar monitor app (for one example) you want the app to run on phones and tablets that people already own. Well, developing the app for BB is developing for a phone nobody owns, yet. Developing for android or iOs is developing for phones owned by millions all over the planet.
In all the talk of the market power of the iTunes and Play app stores you usually only hear about how they add value for consumers and make those devices more attractive than, say, Windows Phones. Which is true.
But it is also true that the large customer bases commited to those platforms are a compelling draw for app developers. Bill Gates calls that a "virtuous cycle"; app availability atracts customers who attract developers who provide more apps.
"Them's as have, get; those that lack, don't."
It killed Palm.
Cool gets you attention--apps get you sales.