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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RIM missed the boat
by joshv on Thu 29th Aug 2013 14:28 UTC
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Sure, RIM pioneered "smart phones", but they quickly fell behind Android and iOS devices.

What they should have done was piggyback on the success of other hardware providers and create a secure BBM software ecosystem for their corporate users. Basically become a way for the larger corporations to 'corporatize' and secure iOS and Android handsets. Sure, it might have required a bit of hardware or OS support, but RIM could have partnered with Apple or one or more of the Android handset manufacturers.

I read recently that this is exactly what RIM is now trying to do - 4-5 years too late.

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