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BlackBerry CEO wants it to be mandatory to make apps for every platform

It’s no secret that developers prefer iOS and Android when it comes to making applications and services for the mobile platform. While this is great for users on these platforms (which, let’s face it, are the majority of the smartphone users out there) it leaves people on BlackBerry or Windows Phone devices out in the cold.

To be honest, there’s not much you can do about that. I mean, it’s not as if you can just force developers to create apps for BlackBerry and Windows. But that’s exactly what BlackBerry CEO John Chen thinks should happen.

In his letter, which he sent to several members of the US congress, Chen writes that there needs to be application neutrality that allows people on all platforms to access content equally. He states examples of iMessage and Netflix, where BBM is available on iOS devices but iMessage is only available on Apple’s devices, and that Netflix has iOS and Android apps but not BlackBerry apps.

In his letter he writes,

“Many other applications providers similarly offer service only to iPhone and Android users. This dynamic has created a two-tiered wireless broadband ecosystem, in which iPhone and Android users are able to access far more content and applications than customers using devices running other operating systems. These are precisely the sort of discriminatory practices that neutrality advocates have criticized at the carrier level. Therefore, neutrality must be mandated at the application and content layer if we truly want a free, open and non-discriminatory internet. All wireless broadband customers must have the ability to access any lawful applications and content they choose, and applications/content providers must be prohibited from discriminating based on the customer’s mobile operating system.”

What he’s asking for basically is that it should be mandatory for developers to make apps for every platform out there.




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