I still maintain that anyone (individual or company) looking for short to mid-term revenue injection should consider developing applications for the Blackberry platform, especially with the imminent 6.1 platform (Open GL-ES2.0; Windows API; Magnetometer/Digital compass APIs; Event based geo-tagging location APIs; Enhancement to barcode APIs, and a lot more). The Apple and Android platforms are increasingly overcrowded, and any applications developed in to that space will simply be part of the crowd, with an intensely rare few breakouts. It will be another couple of years before the glut of useless apps begins to fall by the wayside to a degree worthy of note.

Meanwhile, over in Blackberry App World, users are dying to get their hands on utilities and apps that make them proud to own a Blackberry once again. That RIM is not doing as good a job as it might in marketing its platform to developers is just one part of the puzzle that seems in dire need of burnishing. With the advent of Blackberry’s Playbook tablet, application development for the Blackberry ecosystem now has a truly compelling attraction. The window is open for a short period (as Motorola’s Xoom, Notion Ink’s Adam, and Samsung’s Galaxy jostle to get through, among others), and Blackberry needs to get aggressive.

The smart app developer AND brand manager will play the odds, and seize this opportunity to develop their apps in a space with far less competition, and far more demand for quality applications (just bear in mind that Blackberry users are a different demographic than Apple and Android users: know your market).

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In January of last year, I posted an article about CES, the reality of “innovation” and its place in the marketplace, and a look into where tablets and e-books came from (“ A Consummation Devoutly to be Wished ” – 01/10/2010).

A couple of months later, I posted a more in-depth review of some of the emerging tablet alternatives to Apple’s iPad (“ Tablet Computing: What Should You Do? ” – 04/06/2010).

It’s heartening to report, coming out of the 2011 CES, that most of my predictions and reviews have survived the shakeout, and are now being touted as frontrunners in the increasingly crowded race for market share. For a compelling rundown of some of the best tablets on offer at CES, check out Endgadget’s chart and links, highlighting their favorites (including my predicted – though not comprehensively admired – Dell, Kno, Lenovo, Notion Ink, and Vizio picks).

As I said over a year ago, Tablet devices will not only supplant netbooks (done), but also laptops, in time. This will be followed, in short order, by the demise of desktop towers – replaced by tablets, hybrid (tablet/laptop) devices, and docking systems that integrate them into home and business networks. Ignore them at your peril…