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[5]: The phones are good
by Neolander on Sat 31st Aug 2013 12:29 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: The phones are good"
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Uhhhh...what tweaking? Its already been shown that more than half the Android devices never download an app so folks are obviously happy with them as is, and I don't know how it is there but most of the phones I've dealt with in the states have had very little crapware.

Almost every Android cellphone sold around here (France) comes with average to terrible OEM skins (Samsung Touchwiz, HTC Sense...), unremovable preinstalled apps for various local services, and a few carrier-specific apps too if you buy them together in operator bundles (which I don't). Nexus phones are an exception, but they are relatively hard to find outside of Google Play.

Now that said you make it seem like being able to just download an app and change the way my phone works is a bad thing when in reality its one of the things I love the most about my Android!

Yes, being able to tweak everything is great, being forced to on the other hand not so much... Basically, Android is like desktop Linux : the best of tweakability, the worst of usability. Except that contrary to desktop Linux, it actually runs on more than 1% of the phones out there ;)

A "better feature set" or "ready to use OOTB" really aren't selling points and certainly not enough to get a Joe Normal like myself to switch to your product. This is the problem BB has, what they NEED is a whiz bang feature that will wow the crowd or make them hip, like Siri for Apple or the dancing droid, instead from what you are describing nearly all your selling points are under the hood. BB really doesn't have an obvious selling point like the big two and honestly the numbers reflect that.

Well, for that you have the timeshift camera feature, the unified messaging Hub, or the virtual keyboard of the Z10 which is apparently one of the best out there. But I honestly think that such "shiny" features only guide impulse purchases : I know of no iOS user around me that uses Siri for other purposes than impressing friends, and your inability to name a specific killer feature of Android is telling.

Besides, I am sorry to tell you, but if you know which OS your phone runs and use more than 10% of the functionality of that OS, you really aren't Joe Normal.

Edited 2013-08-31 12:41 UTC

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