New York Times yanks its BlackBerry app
I’m pretty down on RIM, and not just because I’m bigoted against Canadians. The reality is the smartphone maker is facing some serious problems, it’s bleeding money and absolutely nothing that can fix this will come before early next year. And now the New York Times has gone all Clarence Boddicker on BlackBerry, just cold blowing off their hand with a shotgun.
The New York Times has shut down its BlackBerry app as of Monday. The Web site is overly polite about the whole thing and never quite says what everybody secretly knows and what staffers were more than happy to leak to gadget blogs.
Namely that the Times app was shut down because nobody was actually using it.
That’s damning in more ways than one. It doesn’t say much for BlackBerry’s install base but it also implies heavily that their business customers, that is, their key demographic and source of income, can’t even be bothered to download and use one of the most popular apps on any platform. Since apps are a major source of income… yeah, let’s just say you might want to get rid of your stock soon.
Mobile FAQ [New York Times]