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By Carmen Nobel  |  Posted 2002-09-05 Print this article Print

: No 5810 Support"> But as with most third-party software for the Blackberry, MetaMessage does not support the phone-enabled BlackBerry 5810. While RIM released the 5810 last March, it has yet to release the messaging APIs for the device. Sources close to the company said that RIM has been slow to release APIs because the company has its hands full switching from C++, which is the development platform for previous devices, to Java, which is the development platform for the 5810.
"We still have not received the APIs and are not aware that they have released to anyone externally," said Don Baumgartner, business unit manager for universal mobile connectivity at Extended Systems, in Boise, Idaho, which develops corporate application access software for wireless devices. "It is natural to think that developers would like to support other applications on the RIM platform, but we have not been able to quantitatively discern the demand because of this lack of platform information from RIM. RIM trails CE and Palm as a development platform, but I believe there is potential for them if they make it easier for developers."
RIM officials said third-party developers are important to the company, but unlike their competitors, they do not necessarily gauge the companys success by developer support. "If you look at Palm [Inc.] as the example, Ive certainly seen them promote the number of developers, but ultimately the measure of their success had to be devices," said Mark Guibert, vice president of brand management at RIM, in Waterloo, Ontario. "An important measure of success for us will reside in application development, but ultimately its about productivity."


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