Pouria, on 25 November 2012 - 04:40 PM, said:
Am not saying blackberry is bad, am just talking based on my observation of what majority of people are looking for when they buy a smart phone. Number of apps/softwares seem to be the selling point these days and that is what the majority of people want. It is also the same reason why Windows phones haven't reached the same pinnacle as Apple and Android phones even though they have the best OS in the market right now. The availability of apps are really important to most buyers and that is why Android has quickly become popular more so than Blackberry.
Fair enough to report your observations, everyone sees things differently.
In my opinion, from my research and observations, I believe that the reason Android has become more popular the Blackberry, is not because of the number of apps, but because of the quality of apps, as well as the OS itself.
Apps like Instigram, Skype, Netflix ect. not being on Blackberry is one of the main reasons people have left Blackberry.
The other reason is that, because the current Blackberry platform is over 10 years old, there are a lot of limitations that it has compared to iOS and Android. For example, it is very difficult to create an app for Blackberry phones, also, the platform was not made for a touch screen phone, it simply isn't powerful enough to run it smoothly. Because of these two things, RIM's old management tried to adapt the OS to become more app and touchscreen friendly, despite the platform not being able to handle it. This created a buggy user experience that is both slow and at times frustrating to some users.
Those same users who want a touchscreen phone that can run apps that Blackberry's can't handle, switched to iOS.
The switch to a QNX based OS was the solution RIM needed, and now that they have it, I believe there phones will succeed once again. Keep in mind that QNX (which is owned by RIM), runs in everything from cars - nuclear power plants - to the routers CISCO uses to run the interweb. So obviously it's a beast of a platform.
So your last sentence is 100% correct, but at the same time, if those apps are available when BB10 launches, I don't think people will care if there are 25K extra flashlight apps on iOS that they can't get on BB10.
It will be interesting to see what happens in 5 years if RIM is still around and has an OS which is capable of doing things that iOS can never do. That is if Apple doesn't create a platform that is able to handle the next decade.