Report Finds That BlackBerry Developer Community is Almost Dead

As MMW reported earlier today, 90% of all new smartphone purchases last quarter went to iOS and Android powered devices.

With such an overwhelming market share going to just two players in the smartphone space, no shortage of platforms must be bleeding customers to Google’s and Apple’s respective operating systems.

As it turns out, one of the biggest losers in the modern smartphone war is BlackBerry. And it now appears that BlackBerry developers are just as lethargic as BlackBerry subscribers.

According to the findings of a new survey published by Baird Equity Research, developer faith in the BlackBerry platform is tanking fast.

“Baird surveyed 200 developers culled from a sample set of 4,300,” All Things D confirmed Friday, “and found that their collective outlook for BlackBerry 10 — charted on a 10-point scale from poor to excellent — had fallen to 3.8 from 4.6 in the previous quarter. Meanwhile, their outlook for the BlackBerry 7 declined to 2.8 from 3.8.”

“31 percent of sampled BlackBerry 10 developers said that they have shifted some or all of their work away from BB10, compared with 34 percent in Q1,” Baird says. “This is the second quarter in which we have seen fewer responders indicating that they will shift some of their work away from BlackBerry. We believe that many developers who planned to jump ship have already made the move, leaving a BlackBerry developer base that is smaller but increasingly loyal.”