∞ Seesmic drops BlackBerry support to focus on iOS, Android

Mobile app-maker Seesmic on Monday told its customers that it would stop developing its BlackBerry app as of June 30, 2011.

[ad#Google Adsense 300×250 in story]In a note on its Web site, Seesmic said they were discontinuing “support for Blackberry in order to focus development efforts on our most popular mobile platforms: Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7.”

They also encouraged BlackBerry users to try out Seesmic on one of the other platforms.

With the problems that RIM has been going through over the past six months, you have to wonder if Seesmic is the first of many developers that will leave RIM behind. App developers have to balance the amount of resources it takes to build an app with the amount of money it will make from it.

With slowing sales of BlackBerry devices and already slow sales of the PlayBook, RIM is not showing developers that they have a platform for the future.

  • Anonymous

    Windows Phone 7. Ouch.

    • Windows Phone 7 is actually a really good platform from a consumer & developer point of view.  The MS / Nokia deal should definitely help Windows Phone gain traction worldwide to help it compete with Android & iOS.  

      Considering that the mobile devices space is significantly bigger than the PC space, it benefits the consumer to have at least three strong players rather than any one company dominating the entire space.  There’s enough room for Apple, MS & Google to succeed.

      • Anonymous

        Not dissing WP7. I meant that has to hurt RIM, being told their platform is less popular.

  • How many users does Seesmic have? Are they significant?

    • Agreed. I don’t have enough information to judge whether this is a “meh” or a “holy crap” event.

      • I’m sceptical about their significance, too, but this maybe a sign of things to come. RIM doesn’t have a clear platform strategy, acceptable tools for developers, nor do they actively market to developers. Compare to this the other three mentioned platforms and you can see why devs might’ve higher hopes developing for RIM’s competitors.

        • True, the dev tools issue is probably the key one. I still shake my head when I recall the comments made about “app tonnage”…