Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Oct 2011 21:02 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless What many of us wondered the moment Research In Motion announced the PlayBook's QNX-based operating system has now transpired: the Canadian smartphone and tablet company has announced BBX, their QNX-based operating system for both smartphones and tablets - in other words, the expansion of the PlayBook operating system into smartphones.
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by phoenix on Wed 19th Oct 2011 20:38 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
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RIM is missing a couple things that apple had:
- strong leadership at the top, that had a vision of where they wanted to go, and the balls to move the entire company in that direction
- the developers to make the vision a reality without getting sidetracked into 16 different ways of doing the same thing (do they really need all those runtimes?)
- the engineers to develop, and optimise, hardware to run that software

RIM needs someone to stand up and say "this is what we want; this is where we want to go; this is how we are going to get there", and then actually DO IT!

They have all the pieces needed. But they are going off in so many different directions (touchscreen, slider, keyboard; BBOS6, BBOS7, PlayBook OS, BBX; all the different runtimes and dev environments; BIS, BES, BESx; phones, tablets; consumer, business; etc) releasing so many half-baked devices, that they are floundering. It's like having a square boat with people paddling on all four sides, in different directions, next to a whirlpool: they're going nowhere fast, and going to be sucked down and wrecked.

It's sad to see another Canadian juggernaut crumble. ;) Here's hoping a visionary rises up and topples the current board/CEOs.

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