Kayak, Halliburton dropping Blackberry

February 7, 2012

Slip sliding away. Once upon a time, if you worked for a big corporation that provided a smartphone, chances are that device was a Blackberry — it was the device to have. No more as developers and corporations flee the platform for the greener and more secure pastures of the iPhone.

Last week, RIM announced a promotion whereby registered Android developers could get a PlayBook tablet if they ported their app to QNX. Yup, just an entry-level model and, assuming that was temptation, they had about a week get it done.

How’s that promotion working? Well, RIM isn’t trumpeting their success, but at least one developer is voting with its feet and leaving the Blackberry platform.

“One and done” travel search site Kayak has announced they’re dropping support for the Blackberry.

“When we started KAYAK in 2004, we issued BlackBerries to the entire engineering team so we could communicate instantly 24/7,” said bill. “Today we’ve all switched, and it seems our users are doing the same. Our audience of BlackBerry users has been declining precipitously, and we can’t justify the cost any longer.”

The company will continue iOS, Android and Windows Phone support, and Blackberry users can to access the company’s services via the web.

However, insult to injury has to be the image Kayak chose to tag their blog post announcing the move with — a boat leaving a drowning man.

A bigger blow

That news certainly must sting, but worse came yesterday from mega-corporation Halliburton, which has tendrils throughout the businesses of war (i.e. Iraq, Afghanistan) and oil (i.e. BP Horizon spill) — the company is moving its remaining Blackberry using employees to the iPhone.

“Over the next year, we will begin expanding the use of our mobile technology by transitioning from the BlackBerry (RIM) platform that we currently use to smartphone technology via the iPhone,” the company said in an internal newsletter.

That means about 4,500 employees will be getting iPhones.

Palm/webOS is already gone and Windows Phone just doesn’t seem to be catching on.

It’s increasingly looking like a two-horse race for smartphone dominance…

What’s your take?


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