Kolkata, India (PressExposure) April 28, 2014 -- Putting an end to all the speculations that had been raging for weeks, Teknowledge Mobile Studio formally announced yesterday that it would no longer be taking up Blackberry app projects. From May, it would operate solely as an Android and iPhone application development company.
Speaking with press correspondents, the CEO of Teknowledge revealed that working on Blackberry projects was no longer an economically viable scope of operation. The mobile platform has been steadily losing popularity over the last few quarters, and the demand for Blackberry apps, correspondingly, has also tapered off. In fact, Teknowledge had received as few as four BB projects in the last six months. In such a scenario, it hardly made any sense in training the in-house mobile app developers to work on this platform.
The dwindling revenues (apart from the paucity of projects) is yet another reason why Teknowledge Software would no longer be working on Blackberry applications. Unlike average iPhone apps, the cost of creating custom mobile applications for Blackberry was higher - but the download and sales figures were far from being encouraging. Since the device share of Blackberry in the mobile markets is at an all-time low, chances of a turnaround in the demand levels of BB apps were practically nil.
According to a recent survey conducted by a team from the mobile apps company, a general reluctance of mobile-users to download applications from Blackberry App World had also been detected. Unlike iTunes and, to a lesser extent, Google Play Store, the app-approval process at the Blackberry store is rather lax. As a result, cases of buggy Blackberry applications being downloaded have been relatively frequent in the recent past. If customers were not interested in Blackberry apps, there was no point in still offering service for that platform.
However, the head of Teknowledge mobile app development company also stated that staying away from developing Blackberry apps was purely a market situation-driven decision. In case Blackberry does manage to make a strong comeback, and demand for BB apps shows an upward trend, projects would once again be accepted for this platform. A four-member team has been formed for constantly analyzing the mobile markets.
The top-level executives of Teknowledge are confident that stopping work on Blackberry projects is not going to have an adverse effect on the company's revenue. One of them pointed out that Teks was already the top-ranked iPhone apps company in India, while nearly 62% of its Android apps were featured at the Play Store. The international clientele of Teknowledge Software is also growing at a steady pace. If anything, closure of Blackberry projects would cut down costs, and help in improving the company's quarterly margins.
While no confirmatory details were provided, the decision-makers from Teks are currently considering the possibility of starting work on Windows Mobile projects. As per the latest study reports, Windows Mobile has surpassed Blackberry in terms of market share, demand for apps for it is moderate, and the potential profitability is on the higher side. The company is adopting a 'wait-and-watch' policy on this - and would start accepting Windows Mobile app development projects, only when such operations indeed become economically/financially viable. It was reiterated at the press conference that working on Windows Mobile would (if and when it started) not be a step to make up for the stoppage of Blackberry projects.