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No doubt it's selling better than he expected. And no doubt that the numbers on the 19th will be much better than imagined and that the company IS turning around.
Originally Posted by Speedygi
But that doesn't negate the strategy to lift Android APKs for popular apps and that using the Amazon AppStore reinforces Chen's strategy of moving away from the consumer hurts native development.
I had asked often whether there was one single Android developer who has gone on record as saying that he will provide support for his Android app on a BlackBerry via lifted APKs and I never got one single developer's information. Not a one. So if you buy a Passport and you load it up with lifted APKs and you run into trouble, there is no committed support from an Android developer. And as I stated, I tested the Amazon AppStore solution on my Q10 and not only could I not find the apps I needed, those that were there were buggy, laggy, and some downright unusable.
So sure, it's sold well with hardcore fans who are willing to put up with all the hurdles and who are willing to deal with a lesser experience. That's not me. I buy the phone to work for me, I don't buy the phone to work at getting it to give me a quasi Android experience.
And by the way, the apps that do work do so at the pleasure of Google. Right now BlackBerry is insignificant to them and all these shenanigans with lifted APKs are not worth their time. Can't say that this will continue to be the case. Money talks. It is very possible that at some point these developers will no longer put up with the lifting of these APKs.
I'm not a die hard BlackBerry fanboi nor a BlackBerry cultist. That's a risk that's not acceptable. What IS acceptable to me is a platform that will support my purchases and my use. THAT I've got with Apple. I pay for it, I get it. Seems fair.