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]: Comment by Nelson
by pgquiles on Sun 1st Sep 2013 08:25 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Nelson"
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It is interesting, because every developer on Earth does not use Qt, or even cared about MeeGo. Let's tone down the exaggerations a bit. It may be fair to say a sizable amount were interested in MeeGo, but was it more than the 30,000 Windows Phone developers Microsoft had around launch?


Every developer who developed for Nokia platforms was already into Qt or getting into Qt. And yes, that's way more than the 30,000 WP Microsoft REPORTED to have around launch.

And I say REPORTED because WP users are still expecting those developers to show and actually DEVELOP anything. The amount and quality of applications in the Microsoft store is laughable!


And is the potential target demographic for Qt larger than for .NET? There are an estimated 8 million .NET developers (as of 2012).


Still waiting for those 8 million developers to show in WP...

That's completely unfounded and speculative on your part.


That's based on actual statistics. It looks like you were not in the Nokia ecosystem, which was the dominant


It required a rewrite from scratch unless..you used Silverlight or WPF or had an existing .NET application.

There were over 100 million Silverlight downloads and thousands of Silverlight developers, and a ton of Microsoft shops adopted it for LOB purposes.


Still waiting for those applications to be ported...

Oh wait, in case you were invested in Silverlight: Microsoft killed it!


A lot of developers, ones I know personally made a decent amount of money on Windows Phone by being the first in the store -- furthermore Windows Phone growth has accelerated since then and I myself extract a decent amount of revenue from the Store.


Well, congratulations, because that's the opposite experience everybody I have talked to have. I know people who are making more money in BlackBerry than in Windows Phone!



Obviously it depends, all platforms have limitations, and there is a lot that Qt and QML make plain difficult.


Errr... OK, I will not take that into account. Free piece of advice: do not ever compare WP7.5 + Silverlight to Meego + Qt and QML (there's widgets, too, in addition to QML) or you will be laughed at.

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