08 August 2015 06:52:23 IST

Indian app developers giving BlackBerry OS the skip

The new Blackberry Classic smartphone is shown during a display at the launch event in New York, December 17, 2014. BlackBerry Ltd launched its long-awaited Classic on Wednesday, a smartphone it hopes will help it win back market share and woo those still using older versions of its physical keyboard devices. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS)

Instead, they’re focussing on the more widely adopted iOS and Android platforms

While developing mobile apps Flock and Ringo (a team chat app and an international voice-calling app), serial entrepreneur Bhavin Turakhia decided to give the BlackBerry operating system (OS) a miss. He instead developed them for Android, iOS (Apple’s OS), Windows, Mac and Chrome.

Why? “We had spent a lot of time researching on the operating systems and found that the usage of BlackBerry was steadily falling over the past few years. We have never built for BlackBerry and have no intention to do so,” said Turakhia, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Flock and Ringo.

Ditto is the case at Truckmandi.in, an online marketplace for trucks. The start-up launched a mobile app — TruckMandi — for Android, while an iOS version is in the works.

App hotbed

“The penetration of Android platform is much higher and is steadily increasing, while that of BlackBerry is dwindling,” said Truckmandi Co-Founder Ankit Singh. India is emerging as the hotbed of mobile applications, with an app now available for every need, ranging from hiring a cab to measuring air quality in a city.

But when it comes to BlackBerry OS, developers are turning a blind eye.

A recent study by Flurry (a Yahoo! company) shows that the iOS platform has the maximum number of apps in India — almost 49 per cent — followed by Android, which has a 41 per cent share.

BlackBerry and Windows Phone have four per cent share each, while that of HTML5 and JavaME stand at a meagre one per cent.

“Globally, as well as within India, the most widely adopted operating systems are the iOS and Android platforms. Developers are increasingly building apps for global adoption, and prioritise iOS and Android platforms,” said Christopher Klotzbach, Head of Product Marketing at Flurry.

Similar trend

A review by BusinessLine of as many as 50 mobile apps also revealed a similar trend. Mobile apps such as Truemessenger (Truecaller’s SMS app), HeyBiz (a chat app for businesses), Blueair (an app to measure air pollution), mrright.in (a home services aggregation app) and Wegilant (a mobile security services firm), among others, have not opted for BlackBerry.

BlackBerry declined to comment.