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[3]: Comment by Nelson
by pgquiles on Sat 31st Aug 2013 23:38 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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This is what Nokia would be going through had they stuck with MeeGo.


Huh? No, let me get this straight to you, from a developer point of view.

Every developer on Earth was on bed with Nokia going MeeGo and Qt. Everybody. We were all delighted because the portability of Qt meant we could develop a single C++ codebase and reuse most of it. You could have gone and ask the top 1,000 development houses and they all had said "yes, we are going to develop for MeeGo" without blinking.

Now, when Nokia decided to change from MeeGo to Windows Phone 7.5, 99% of the developers thought Nokia was crazy. They lost most of the developer community and nobody can tell me otherwise because I saw it from inside!

WP 7.5 required to develop from scratch because you could only do .NET or Silverlight (which is WPF "light"). Who was going to develop for WP 7.5? Nobody. The few developers who had tried to develop for WP7 had lost it all because nobody was buying WP devices. Not only that, WP 7.5 was so crappy it was plain impossible to get something decent done on that platform!

If Nokia had kept on the MeeGo plan, they would be #2 today (behind Android because, you know, every brand and their neighbor are releasing Android phones).

Edited 2013-08-31 23:38 UTC

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