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Impressed by the new Blackberry OS (or how iOS ate dust)

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Since my last post you must already know that I was porting Pop Corny to Blackberry. I can’t hide that I was really impressed by the way the platform is engineered. You know you have done something right when it allows a developer that had never even used the platform, come in and port his game in 2-3 days. But that, coupled with the fact that the game actually runs better than it does on the platform that is was originally written for, makes for something really impressive.

To showcase what I mean, I recorded a video with the game launching in parallel on both my iPad 2 and my Playbook. Since on both platforms the game actually achieves 60fps its hard to notice the difference in game, but the launch sequence really shows the difference. The bottom line is that given 2 devices with almost identical hardware (the same Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9), running the same game, with the game optimized using the iOS device and only later ported to the Playbook, the Playbook manages to launch the app (load all textures, decompress them and upload to GPU, load sound effects, etc) 30% faster! In my book.. this is a huge achievement.

What is also amusing is how that 30% is calculated including the time the Playbook wastes doing “pre-launch” animations like pulling down the other app icons, pushing the app thumbnails left and the launching the actual app. And still managing to launch faster! It looks as it is mocking at the other device…!

Below is the actual video, and if you would like to get Pop Corny it is now available on App World here.

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Just bought it. Love it!

  • That’s awesome! The QNX OS shows its power!!! I hope other developers are paying attention! Looking forward to BB10!

  • I’m really excited that you are happy with the PlayBook, and the QNX platform. As a long-time developer, I’m doing my best to tell others about what RIM is doing and why it’s so much better than the competitors. So I’m happy to see the fruits of your labour.

    If/when your game gets published in App World, let us know. I’ll be sure to purchase a copy, as will many of our developer friends.

    We should keep in touch. You can e-mail me or tweet me.

  • Just curious as an enduser. Why is it free for iOS and a paid app with BB App World (not that a buck 99 is expensive at all)?

    • The game was originaly paid on iOS too. However I later monetized it through ads (especially Chartboost that is not available on BB) and tried free. I desided to go for ad-free on Playbook, as I find it more appropriate for the gamer in the end. You can look at this blog for older posts where I document all these decisions, however I don’t know how interesting that would be for a non-developer! Probably boring stuff! :D

      • I think this is a good decision on the PlayBook. I understand why people will feel like BlackBerry users are being taken advantage of in comparison to iOS users, in the end, it’s better for the developer and for the user.

        For the developer, it means immediate payout versus possible projected earnings with advertising. Advertising revenue is generally sporadic, and for indie devs, not worth it.

        You could consider in-app purchases.

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  • wow that is really impressive. but i don’t agree with you saying the playbook “wastes [time] doing “pre-launch” “. probably it already loads the app while showing the opening animation. but still. very cool.

  • who cares?

    • We, the lovers of qnx/bb10 do. As well as all the developers out there looking at the new bb10 platform.

      Sorry to say but the world is much bigger than the view you have of it.

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