Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Nov 2012 00:14 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Research In Motion announced today that it will hold its BlackBerry 10 launch event on January 30th, 2013. The event will happen simultaneously in multiple countries around the world. This day will mark the official launch of its new platform - BlackBerry 10, as well as the unveiling of the first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Details on the smartphones and their availability will be announced at the event." Genuinely interested in what they have to offer. They've been down for a while, but I know from experience that many people perform best under pressure. Let's hope many of them work at RIM.
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by Nelson on Tue 13th Nov 2012 16:44 UTC
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This is the same dilemma Nokia faced with MeeGo, and ultimately why they decided to drop MeeGo.

It is notoriously hard to bootstrap an ecosystem. Nokia, like RIM, had almost no chance to do that. (Someone will probably reply to this with "But, but QT!!!" and to them I kindly recommend shutting the fuck up, but anyway)

I really am trying hard to find a scenario in my head where this plays out favorably for RIM but nothing I see implies anything other than a multi-year catch up.

RIM doesn't have a developer platform with 1/10th the polish of the other ecosystems, it doesn't have an ecosystem with even hints of promise (I don't care about app counts, but developer momentum is decidedly lacking) and it will be time consuming and expensive for them to organically grow one.

They can try to buy themselves time with things like Android app compatibility, but people don't really want that, that's stupid.

RIM is burning cash, losing time, and coincidentally those two are key ingredients for growing an ecosystem, which they lack.

Blackberry 10 is dead on arrival. I've written it off completely.

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