Wow. It’s been a hot second. When I first started this blog I promised myself I would add at least a post a day; but I kind of failed yesterday. I just moved into a new apartment & so I’m distracted and discombobulated. I’m sitting on the floor with my computer, TV and doritos. So, yea.
You’re like, I didn’t come here to hear about your personal life. Agreed.
Building BB Apps (not 101, because I’m not even at 101 myself), part 1. I’ve entitled this post “what have I gotten myself into?” because that’s what I’m thinking right about now. Overwhelmed. Let’s begin:
First. Go to Blackberry App World. At the bottom of the homepage you’ll see in really tiny, microscopic print “Developers:”
PS. I like how RIM quotes Crackberry twice, as though they’re some kind of legitimate authority on all things Blackberry. I get that they’re a huge BB blog/forum/review/site, but “crack” “berry” really? Their name insinuates bb users with cocaine. Um, I’ll pass.
Moving on. RIM is waiving its normally $200 vendor certification fee for app developers. Apparently just a couple months ago it would cost a user $200 + a long wait of a few weeks to find out whether or not they had been approved as an app developer. Now it’s free and turn around time for hearing back from RIM is a few days’ time. (I found this out from pouring through pages of developer forums on blackberry.com). Under this deal you can submit up to 10 apps before you have to reapply. Risk-free.
I wonder what other freebies RIM will offer in the coming weeks…
Is this RIM’s solution to their app-less PlayBook problem? First we heard that RIM was looking at making the PlayBook compatible with Android’s more than 130,000 apps in an effort to boost PlayBook sales & create a bunch of hype pre-launch. Now RIM is offering free PlayBooks (through mid-March) for app developers who create a “quality” PB app. Once you submit it, if RIM likes it, bam! Free PlayBook for you.
It’s that easy. Or is it?
Well this news is by no means official, but those are the whisperings in the tech world. Google’s Android, a mobile phone operating system, offers a software development kit for app developers specifically to be run on Android-based phones (says my super knowledgable source, Wikipedia). Why Android? Well, I was alluding to this earlier, but RIM’s library of apps is pretty, well, pathetic in comparison to the rest of the smartphone world. In fact, Android has 130,000 apps available to RIM’s 20,000. Access to Android apps would “make the RIM platform attractive to consumers as it lacks the strength of the rivals from an apps perspective.”
Listen. If RIM does this, I’ll buy a damn PlayBook.. otherwise, I’m going to wait a year or so. What’s the point of having a shiny new toy if you can’t even play with it?