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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RE: Comment by bnolsen
by Nelson on Thu 29th Aug 2013 16:29 UTC in reply to "Comment by bnolsen"
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Microsoft matches Nokia dollar for dollar with marketing, something that had BBRY done the sensible thing would've helped with shelf space.

Also incentivizing reps to offer iOS, Android, Windows Phone, AND BB10 is a big ask. Something which hurt them more than likely.

I think in the end what did them in was the lack of an ecosystem and financial muscle to bootstrap one. The Android compat was bold but ultimately not enough. Quality matters.

The sad thing is that I doubt Microsoft even wants them now. Now they get to watch Nokia snatch up enterprise contracts which should've and could've been theirs. Stubborn.

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