Move over net neutrality, BlackBerry CEO John Chen calls for 'app neutrality'

By Himanshu Arora ยท 15 replies
Jan 22, 2015
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  1. At a time when virtually everyone from the U.S. President to the general public are debating the issue of net neutrality, Canada-based Blackberry's CEO John Chen has come out calling for app neutrality -- making it mandatory for app developers to offer apps...

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,999   +1,318

    App developers can make apps for whatever systems they want, thanks.
    Littleczr and stewi0001 like this.
  3. MadnessRed

    MadnessRed TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Whilst I like the idea, how for do you go? All apps for iOS and Android, +Windows? +Blackberry? +Symbian? +Ubuntu? +FirefoxOS? +Tizen? +Old School Java?
    Littleczr likes this.
  4. It is a valid concern, and would indeed improve the market, but you can't lay the burden of it with the app developers, who are not responsible. If this would become a requirement, the app platforms should provide a single development platform.
    cliffordcooley and ThanosPAS like this.
  5. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    Isn't Black Berry's app store one of the smallest in the Smart Phone market? So of course he wants apps to be developed for all platforms.....
  6. There are tens of mobile OS platforms and many of them are used by nobody. It is a waste of resource to support all of them. So even if it is mandatory it should apply to platforms with more than 5% or 10% market shares, which Blackberry is not included.

    This is a free market. Developer should have the freedom to support and develop their choice of platform/technology and this is how technology world moves forward. It maybe sad for many people that Blackberry is dying or at least becoming irrelevant, but this is the market and technology - if you cannot evolute and attract customers, you cannot survive.
  7. I always want a facebook app for DOS!
  8. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 452   +180

    This would only be viable if the major platform providers provided free virtual development environments so you could test your new app on a variety of platforms and accurately fix any bugs raised by your customers.

    But the sheer scale of needing to support different platforms, different hardware and different OS versions means that app neutrality can only succeed if the platform providers do all the hard work and don't charge a cent for it.

    So it's not going to happen.
  9. What the hell? Your mobile OS has no apps so you want to legally force developers to create them? Talk about lack of perspective. New apps are not going to save your dying business. You had a huge advantage before the iPhone come to market and you did nothing with that advantage. Now you want to twist the objective of Net Neutrality to get more content on on your dying OS? This is pathetically stupid.
    cliffordcooley and Hexic like this.
  10. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    I think it's a terrible argument and basically crying that no one wants to develop apps for Blackberry. Still, it might be a better love story than Twilight.
  11. Are you regretting not going to Android ? Are you saying you made a mistake ?
  12. Blackberry; Betamax for the 21st Century. :p

    Also; if he wants to make cross-platform mandatory, is he going to be the one paying for all the extra coding?
  13. thorpj

    thorpj TS Enthusiast Posts: 98   +27

    So basically he wants to force developers to make apps for his phones. Nice.
  14. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,372   +69

    Make all devices compatible. Can't afford phones, macs, and monthly bills.
  15. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +86

    Make a single language please preferably C/C++. None of this java fecal matter.
  16. How about HTML5? You can test it easily across ALL platforms, all screen sizes, all devices, etc.

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