BlackBerry today made several announcements at an event in Jakarta, chief among them news of a new handset. The BlackBerry Z3 Jakarta Edition is a large-screened, inexpensive handset that has a solid chance of driving sales in the BlackBerry-crazed country of Indonesia.
Just about every provider of a platform in the cloud is moving down the same path; albeit at different rates of speed. First they figure out that developers of third-party applications can drive more usage of their platform, so they publish a private API. However, it’s not too long before they figure out that making that API public winds up driving the most usage of their platform.