New York Times dumps support for Blackberry app

One of the largest online media outlets has apparently had enough of the Blackberry operating system, at least for now. This week, the New York Times cut off support for its native Blackberry app and it also cut off its app support for the now discontinued Palm Pre smartphone.

In a page on the company's website, The New York Times says, "Currently, our mobile Web site offers a more complete New York Times experience than the NYTimes app native to your device. We’ve made the decision to consolidate our efforts and concentrate on delivering you the best possible experience through our mobile site."

This is yet another blow to Blackberry maker Research in Motion, which has seen its smartphone devices lose market share to the iPhone and Android OS-based devices in the past couple of years. The New York Times has dedicated apps for both iOS and Android, along with one for Windows Phone.

However, The New York Times might end up making an app for Blackberry 10. RIM is currently scheduled to launch the OS, along with the first Blackberry 10 smartphone, sometime in the first quarter of 2013. Reuters reports that company spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said, "That decision has not been made, and it's entirely possible that we might."

Source: Reuters

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Part of it could also be that the NY Times is also in trouble and bleeding bucks, reducing their ability to support more than the largest platforms.

DocM said,
Part of it could also be that the NY Times is also in trouble and bleeding bucks, reducing their ability to support more than the largest platforms.

That's just poor programming on their part..

If they knew what they were doing, they would have a single webapi that would provide the data to any program for any system they make one for.. Having a unique one for each is just wasted resources in programming and maintaining..

Which also begs the question, why isn't it all automatic.. they shouldn't need to maintain stories in several spots.. they post the main one on the site, then any api's should just pull from it and parse if need be..

The whole thing makes it sound to me like NYT has a poor group of web programmers..

They shouldn't have pushed back their launch. It makes developers not want to develop for their platform and we are seeing it now.

I don't see BB10 turning things around for RIM, they should bite the bullet and split the company up and maybe that way some part of it can keep going otherwise it's only going to hit bottom and be picked up for it's IP by someone else.

GP007 said,
I don't see BB10 turning things around for RIM, they should bite the bullet and split the company up and maybe that way some part of it can keep going otherwise it's only going to hit bottom and be picked up for it's IP by someone else.

Wintel is waiting to gobble up the IPs no need to waste money ala Yahoo

NY Times app for Windows Phone is very good. Hopefully they keep improving it. CNN recently release app for Windows Phone, too, after months of being exclusive for Nokia Lumia phones. Hopefully BBC will release an app for Windows Phone, too.

As for Blackberry it's too bad. RIM used to release such good phones and OS.

npe said,
NY Times app for Windows Phone is very good. Hopefully they keep improving it. CNN recently release app for Windows Phone, too, after months of being exclusive for Nokia Lumia phones. Hopefully BBC will release an app for Windows Phone, too.

BBC News Mobile is an excellent app with an excellent live tile and push notifications, even if it's not official.

As for Blackberry it's too bad. RIM used to release such good phones and OS.

It's all about the Android/iOS now. But they will be back for BB10 for sure, that looks good so far, though, I don't know if BB10 will live long enough but they will def put up a fight before they give it up to Android.

MaSx said,
It's all about the Android/iOS now. But they will be back for BB10 for sure, that looks good so far, though, I don't know if BB10 will live long enough but they will def put up a fight before they give it up to Android.

and Windows Phones. Don't forget about Windows Phones.