Don't kill the momentum!
Okay, I know there's a rage going on about ported vs native apps. I understand that ported apps certainly don't work as well as native sometimes, at other times it works just as well and you can't really tell the difference. We must realize that BB are not the only ones receiving ported apps, Androids get iOS ported apps too as I've noticed when I checked out Google Play. I haven't checked Apple's App Store but I wouldn't be surprised if we see Android ports in there as well...that is if the Walled Garden can be penetrated.
Anyway, the point of my thread is to say that:
Considering the situation BB is in, I don't think we should make too many complaints. As sad as the truth is, BB users are hardly in the position to start demanding anything right now. We should show devs support, build up our situation to where we have more leverage to start demanding things. I see users giving 1 or 2 star reviews for apps in BB World simply because the app is a port. I really, really don't recommend that. We surely don't need to anger devs right now, especially when BB went through so much trouble to cater them onto our platform. Seriously, think carefully at the detrimental consequence that this will cause. Angered, Devs can simply go to more lucrative platforms like Android and Apple and ignore BB altogether as they have already done. BB has put a lot of effort, I'm sure, to persuade them to come back, but with poor and unreasonable reviews such as what I've mentioned above, they may think otherwise. Right now, being nearly at the lower end of the totem pull, it is better to have than have not. Once BB can increase their competitive stance in the market then so can BB users begin to demand better...but now is not the time.
What you can do is leave civil comments saying that we like their apps being brought over to BB, for now a port is nice, but we would hope to see a native app in the near future! You're showing appreciation but also emphasize that we would like to see native. Be nice, don't anger them! Don't forget that devs are in it for profit, they're not there to make you happy. And right now, BB has among the smallest consumer base compared to Android and iOS. So don't kill the good momentum BB has with devs right now.
It would be most ideal if we see a standard coding system, like HTML5, where one app can be used universally in all OS platforms. I'm sure devs would be happy, less work and less costly for them, and users will benefit the most. The only ones not happy will probably be Google and Apple since they profit from the exclusivity of apps to their platforms.
Last edited by DuexNoir; 03-25-13 at 02:08 AM.I use BB10...the blasphemy!
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03-24-13, 07:57 PM #3
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I show my support by downloading the android port and un installing it proceeding with an email to the developer that I will use the app once it is native. Some android ports run smoothly but the majority don't.
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- 03-24-13, 08:11 PM #4
The second part of your post is dead on why can't all phones be on one OS? Could you imagine if every model of car had their own special gas? Choice in phones are great but make a standard OS. Not E1 is a smartphone techie we just want to enjoy our product. I don't go up to people and judge them based on say what kind of T.V they have..
So why do we do it with phones? It's really quite childish.
But I digress....
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- 03-24-13, 08:26 PM #7
I agree, to a point. Some of the ports are good but some are bad. It all depends on who ported and why. Many were just taking part in the Portathons to get the $100 per app that was offered and they'd port as many as they can not really caring about quality.
On the other hand, there are many that took the easy route, but making sure quality was good, in order to see what will come of the platform before investing any real time and resources into a native app.
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03-24-13, 08:39 PM #9
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This is terrible advice!!! you asking us to accept less than stellar products just just so BB can hang on a little longer. **** no! When I pay my hard earned cash for a product (hardware or software) I expect it to work! I expect the company to support it and provide updates to bugs. We have accepted less than stellar products in the Playbook and the 9900, this needs to end now with the Z10 and BB10, Give us a product that's complete on both sides of the coin....hardware AND software. Im going to continue to preach that its Blackberry's job to cater to the developers not the consumer.
- 03-24-13, 09:19 PM #14
It's unrealistic to expect BB to build out an app portfolio to match either Apple or Android overnight. Dismiss Android ports if you want, but if you do you'll be missing out on Waze, eBay, Songza, Nogago Maps, and many others, not to mention some reasonably useful sideloads.
Any new platform faces the old chicken-and-egg problem: users won't buy if there aren't enough apps, and developers won't create apps if there aren't enough users. The Android Player tries to short-circuit this, and gives developers a great low-risk way to test the market, so it actually DOES represent BlackBerry catering to the developers.“Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”
- 03-24-13, 09:48 PM #16
dont want to make a fuss out of android port. But some apps are hella lagg. Tho , i don't care much about apps as i got the apps i need. Maybe those android port will run better with the upcoming Jelly bean Android runtime. And yes, we need to show our support. This Z10 is simply Amazing.
If consumers are not downloading and are not buying, if they are not making any profit, there will not be any more incentives to further develop for BB platform. I'm not saying to blindly eat all the sh*t out there, absolutely not!, but I am urging for a more sensible approach to letting devs know that we strongly prefer native but, at least for now, we will support you devs.
Perhaps my statement was buried but I emphasize on being civil in one's response to devs. I've come across a number of pretty terse reviews about ported apps that could have been better worded. I do recommend leaving reviews to let devs know that we strongly urge native apps but do so civilly.I use BB10...the blasphemy!
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- 03-25-13, 02:35 AM #19
More positive reviews encourage those developers to create more apps. If I dont like the app I just uninstall without a review, unless it is absolutely horrendous. In which case I usually contact dev first. So far I contacted Dev once and within 5 days my complaints were fixed and the app works AWESOME now (Private Camera - take pics with no sounds and darkened screen so no one, but you, can see what you are taking pic of). Lets keep the positive momentum flowing
- 03-25-13, 02:42 AM #20
My understanding of the op's post is that we need to tread lightly so that we dont kill the positive momentum BB has worked hard to generate and hence kill the BB eco-system before it even gets going.
- 03-25-13, 06:28 AM #21
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03-25-13, 11:37 AM #23
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Sorry but I'm willing to pay for all my apps if they are useful and native. Most of the ported apps I downloaded I deleted. Apps that I downloaded are native run smoothly and most of them I've paid for.
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- CrackBerry Abuser
03-25-13, 12:47 PM #24
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Yes and no. The product is complete, and it works great; however you can't bully developers into developing for it. Your gripe with apps should no longer be with BlackBerry. That's like getting mad at the car company that after market performance companies won't produce for your car. BB10 is a superior OS and a new OS, it's going to take time to get some people on board. Believe it or not my friends, there were A LOT of people against ELECTRICITY when it first came around.
BlackBerry is going to have to take its licks, just like any other new way of doing things. There will be supporters and doubters. Word of mouth will go a long way, word of mouth and demonstration. It is BlackBerry AND OUR jobs to cater to developers, just in different ways. BlackBerry has to give incentives and we have to give support and constructive feedback. The OP was correct, we can help move things along.Remember to smile, laugh, and keep looking forward.
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