The Waterloo, Ontario-based company's declining market share and operating system complexity sapping the lure for developers. They say BlackBerry devices just aren't worth it anymore, especially when compared to the profitability of programming for Apple and Google platforms
."You have to put your resources where the growth is," said Loic Le Meur, Seesmic CEO, to Bloomberg. "It's coming down to the explosive growth of the iPhone and the Android operating systems."
Developers like Seesmic, which create social media apps, and Purple Forge, maker of fan apps for the Miami Dolphins and singer Taylor Swift, say it is increasingly difficult to create apps on BlackBerry's platform due to RIM's confusing operating system and varying control methods, like its touch screen and keyboard devices.
"As soon as RIM brought in a touch screen and mixed it with a thumbwheel, a keyboard and shortcut keys, it made it really difficult and expensive to develop across devices
," said Brian Hurley, Purple Forge CEO. "What Apple scored big on is having a touch screen and a button and that's it."