RIM claims developers are sticking with BlackBerry, as PlayBook sales get a boost

July 16, 2012

The Canadian mobile maker was forced to react on the developer front after AllThingsD carried a Baird Equity Research study which claimed that developer feeling toward BlackBerry was at an ‘all time low’.

The report highlighted that an incredible 31% of sampled BlackBerry 10 developers were shifting some or all of their work away from the operating systems, while the same developers rated the future of BlackBerry 7 as being only slightly brighter than Samsung’s Bada and behind Adobe’s Flash/AIR.

Baird’s report claimed that many developers had already ‘jumped ship’ from BlackBerry, leaving a ‘smaller but increasingly loyal’ bunch, but RIM’s Alec Saunders, VP of developer relations, rejected this theory, as well as the researcher's findings, in a company blog post.

"I was pretty shocked by the findings. I was shocked because the numbers in the report do not gel with what we’re seeing in the real world. The report contradicts much of what we are seeing and hearing in our developer community", wrote Saunders, who added that the BlackBerry App World vendor base has grown 157% in the last year.

Meanwhile, amid all the doom and gloom surrounding RIM, there was even a ray of light for the firm back in its home country of Canada.

The Globe and Mail reported over the weekend that research company Solutions Research Group (SRG) found that the PlayBook accounted for a surprising 19% of the Canadian tablet market in Q1 of 2012, up from just around 2% at the same point last year.

The firm also interestingly found that iPad adoption had fallen from 86% to 56% over the same period.

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