YouMail, a visual voicemail firm located in Irvine, California, has decided to stop making developments for its Blackberry app, stating that there is a significantly increasing number of people who would rather use Androids or iPhones.
According to Alex Quilici, CEO of YouMail, ”on many days we’re now getting fewer BB users than Windows Phone 7 users, and we don’t even have a Windows Phone 8 app!” It shows that the number of Blackberry YouMail app customers has reduced significantly, even though it currently sits at one of the top 10 most popular productivity apps in Blackberry’s App World store.
Quilici stated on the YouMail blog that the decision to end developments for Blackberry was “bittersweet,” because the device “got us our first million registered users and put us on the map as a company.”
YouMail’s registration is growing increasingly on Apple, Google, and iPhone platforms. The company is composed only of ten people, doing customer support or development related jobs. As such, Quilici mentioned that “we need to focus on where we see growth. And right now, it’s not Blackberry.”
Blackberry and YouMail used to have a very successful relationship. YouMail started in 2007 rendering services online, and expanded to mobile services during 2009 as per request of Blackberry users. The company that owns Blackberry, Research in Motion (RIM), has given the app loads of support by featuring it on the App World countless of times.