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.
Permalink for comment 571131
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Member since:

Although we, the users, can second guess the strategy of an innovating company, it should not do so it-self.

Partnering with Microsoft did not seem to fit. Microsoft needed a brand with high recognition in the hand-set consumers market and they got it with Nokia. Black Berry has traditionally been a brand aimed at the corporate market.

Black Berry did not rolled-out their current OS. They bought it (QNX). What they did was to adapt it to a mobile environment with touch interface and seeing this as a better solution than doing the same with their own in-house developed stuff which they had at the time.

QNX is still a contender in the real-time OS arena. And now, much of the grunt work for a touch interface and mobile networking has been done.

The PlayBook venture, albeit turning out to be a dead-end by it-self, has likely strengthened the BB10 user experience. The hardware design could be "recycled" as a front for interacting with a QNX run device.

BB10 and Android have the same conceptual root kernel - Unix via QNX on one hand and Linux on the other hand. Could a BB10/Android cross-development environment make things easier for Apps developers?

There is the messaging service which generates revenues. There were rumours of development of Android and iOS Apps to connect to this service. Have these Apps materialized?

Examining the sale of the whole or the parts is a tool which may lead to a better Black Berry with a higher probability of a long-term future. We will just have to wait and see what comes out of the exercise. The patent portfolio may/may not be a distinct saleable part depending on how much of QNX and BB10 are based on it.

I can't avoid comparing the current charts of size of mobile ecosystems to those of the desktop operating systems from the mid-1990s. Then, Windows was dominant with MacOS being a far second and many other ones (like AmigaOS) being on the verge of extinction and the next big ideas (like BeOS and NextStep) were just emerging.

We all know how the desktop ecosystem has evolved.

It's not yet over for the mobile ecosystem. However, BlackBerry should no longer dream of being the dominant one. Can being a niche player still be a profitable venture? We will find out soon enough.

Reply Parent Score: 1