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Old 07-15-2012, 07:09 PM
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Developer interest in BlackBerry OS at all time low

Things never seem to look up for Research In Motion these days. So perhaps it's no surprise that a new report from AllThingsD has found that RIM is "bleeding developers."

Citing a recent survey of 200 developers (from a sample set of 4,300) by Baird Equity Research, developer interest in working on BlackBerry OS versions 7 and 10 are at an all time low.

Baird researchers polled developer sentiment towards all major mobile platforms based on a 10-point scale with 10 marked as "excellent" and everything below that trailing down to "poor."

From the first to second quarters of 2012, interest in BlackBerry 10 slipped to 3.8 from 4.6 while positive sentiment towards BlackBerry 7 dropped a whole point to 2.8 from 3.8.

By comparison, iOS -- the leader of the bunch -- jumped from approximately 9.0 to 9.3. Android came in second during the same time frame, although it dropped ever-so-slightly to 8.7.

Windows Phone 8 and 7 were the only two mobile platforms that placed ahead of BlackBerry, which was trailed by webOS, Flash/AIR, and Bada, respectively.

Unfortunately for RIM, losing developers might just be the final nail in the coffin. The only chance the beleaguered mobile manufacturer has of saving itself at this point is producing something completely outside of the box at this point to get customers and investors excited again. Without developer interest in the BlackBerry platform, there's no chance of that happening.

Nevertheless, Baird researchers were quoted as saying that "many developers who planned to jump ship have already made the move, leaving a BlackBerry developer base that is smaller but increasingly loyal."
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