Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 29th Aug 2013 03:50 UTC
QNX According to a Computerworld article, BlackBerry is exploring putting itself up for sale, as the company falls into 4th place in the mobile market. IDC statistics that show Android leads the mobile market with nearly 80%, iOS has 13.2%, Windows Phone 3.7%, and BlackBerry 2.9%. Gartner analyst Bill Menezes states that even new ownership is "not going to address how the company restores itself."

One key asset BlackBerry owns is QNX, the real-time based OS it bought in 2010. QNX is microkernel based, versus the monolithic kernel used by many OS's like Linux. BlackBerry bases its tablet and phone OS's on QNX, which also remains a popular commercial OS for embedded systems.
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by Nelson on Thu 29th Aug 2013 10:51 UTC
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The biggest tragedy in all of this is how avoidable it all was. BBRY didn't have to roll their own OS, or try to bootstrap their own ecosystem.

Qt didn't save them, the hoards of Qt developers never materialized. Android compatibility for apps didn't save them as that just got them foreign feeling, badly performing apps. Certainly full multitasking wasn't the draw they hoped it was, or physical keyboards.

BBRY needed a strong partner with loads of cash, but they stubbornly and foolishly turned down Microsofts olive branch. Now they will die, Nokia will live, and the Canadian former powerhouse will be picked apart by the vultures.

The most valuable thing left there are the patents.

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