August 12th, 2009
Who’s building BlackBerry apps in the Silicon Forest?
For all my crowing about Portland being the de facto hub of mobile development, I seem to cover primarily iPhone apps and maybe an Android app every once in a while. Inevitably, when those posts go live, a few people always ask, “Is there a BlackBerry version?”
And that leads me to wonder, is there? Are people in the Silicon Forest building BlackBerry apps?
I’m not a Blackberry user, but I know quite a few people who are. And—basically in any town besides Portland—I run into a lot more BlackBerry users than iPhone or Android users.
That said, I don’t know that I’m following the BlackBerry development space as closely as I could be.
I’ve written about some FreeRange’s mobile work and GadgetTrak’s mobile development. And I know that CloudFour is doing mobile consultation for everything but iPhone. But that’s about it.
Is there a ton of BlackBerry development going on in town? Are there a bunch of developers flying below the radar because there’s no single app store or marketplace? Or are the apps being built missing the attention they deserve because they’re not on a platform that’s currently enjoying media darling status?
I don’t know. But I’d love to hear more.
It would be great toround up some of the best and brightest BlackBerry apps that are products of the Silicon Forest. It seems that if we’re going to become the actual hub for mobile development, a more well rounded community—and better coverage of what the entire community is doing—would help.
So if you’ve got some BlackBerry stuff going—or you’re an iPhone or Android developer considering porting your app to BlackBerry—please let me know by dropping me an email at siliconflorist at gmail dot com. Or by filling out the tips form.
I’m looking forward to hearing about all the cool BlackBerry development going on around here.