Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Aug 2012 00:24 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless RIM CEO Thorsten Heins: "We took the conscious decision not to go Android. If you look at other suppliers' ability to differentiate, there's very little wiggle room. We looked at it seriously - but if you understand what the promise of BlackBerry is to its user base it's all about getting stuff done. Games, media, we have to be good at it but we have to support those guys who are ahead of the game. Very little time to consume and enjoy content - if you stay true to that purpose you have to build on that basis. And if we want to serve that segment we can't do it on a me-too approach." As a geek, I applaud the decision not to go with Android, since it's already way too dominant as it is. If I were to have a specific interest in RIM's survival, though, I'm not sure I would be applauding.
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Good thing, too
by Decius on Sat 4th Aug 2012 01:59 UTC
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I know that from a financial standpoint RIM is in a bad way, but to go Android would have been a stupid idea. Playbook OS 2 can already run Android apps very well. The real problem is marketing and developer relations.

Many superior technologies have lost out because their companies do a poor job competing for the minds/hearts of their user-base/developer-base. I've regularly used both an Android tablet(CM7) and a Playbook. I seriously prefer the Playbook and so does my wife, who uses it for business. With the announcement of the new Playbook 4G LTE the product is just getting better. More Android developers simply have to be convinced that it is worth the small(very small) effort to repackage their Android apps for the Playbook to generate a new revenue stream. More time needs to be put into creating partnerships with other serious business-app developers, because let's face it business is the bread and butter of RIM not the person who simply wants to have a toy to watch movies or listen to music, although the Playbook does do this quite well (yes I am digging on iPad, it's nice but it's style with surprisingly little substance).

QNX is simply a more robust platform to develop a secure and responsive mobile device.

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