Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Oct 2011 21:02 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless What many of us wondered the moment Research In Motion announced the PlayBook's QNX-based operating system has now transpired: the Canadian smartphone and tablet company has announced BBX, their QNX-based operating system for both smartphones and tablets - in other words, the expansion of the PlayBook operating system into smartphones.
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by WorknMan on Tue 18th Oct 2011 21:33 UTC in reply to "..."
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Useless eye-candy on another short lived platform.

I dont see the use of it.. really..

I'm guessing you'll probably get modded down for this, but I agree with you. When it comes to RIM, go ahead and stick a fork in 'em... they're done.

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by libray on Tue 18th Oct 2011 22:03 in reply to "RE: ..."
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Tell that to the millions of users who were (rightfully) upset when RIM had a network outage in Europe. They didn't jump ship so fast, and it's a reason they even still use the platform. RIM sells phones and service. The other manufacturers don't sell a service. For example, I don't know the uptime for the various app worlds, but I'm betting that no one would care if HTC had an app-world crash.

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by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 18th Oct 2011 23:09 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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If they had made enough of an investment in rim hardware to be upset by the outage, there is no way they could have "jumped ship". It was a week ago. I'm guessing it would take longer than that to make such a decision that has that much of an impact on your business, and then even longer to actually implement it.

I would agree that no one would care if a hypothetical app store run by HTC crashed. Unless they were hypothetically using it. And they hypothetically were relying on the app store for business critical messaging. But I would think any hypothetical company doing as such, would have hypothetically killed itself much earlier performing a different hypothetical blunder involving hypothetical elephants and hypothetical land mines.

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by MOS6510 on Wed 19th Oct 2011 06:52 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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Consumers bought their device so they are basically stuck with it until it gets old or they have enough money to spend on another device.

Corporate users aren't in the position to swap their BlackBerry for something else, nor will the company just throw out their BlackBerry server and install something else.

Most consumers buy a BlackBerry for the BlackBerry Messenger, because other people told them it's like free texting. Apart from that I know no reason why anyone would want to buy a BlackBerry.

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by Not2Sure on Tue 18th Oct 2011 22:17 in reply to "RE: ..."
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lol, wut?

In case you hadn't noticed people's brand loyalty in the smartphone segment is kind of nonexistent. Every year people upgrade from their "obsolete" hardware to something else. If RIM has something special consumers want to buy in their next product cycle then they are far from "done." And for better or worse, "eyecandy" is what alot of people choose to make their purchasing decisions on not call quality, battery life, sustainability or actual instead of perceived functionality they will use.

RIM has lots of options. They could for example, adopt an actual corporate strategy instead of just cutting costs and layoffs that involves scaling back sales expectations and instead target key segments and offering solutions that work well just for those segments and cede the high-end consumer market which they seem to falter in. That will probably involve a leadership change which in many opionions is long overdue.

They have lots of options none of which involves them having a fork stuck in them.

Such brainwashed/braindead comments on OSNews really don't do the site a service.

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by Moochman on Wed 19th Oct 2011 04:39 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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Mod parent up. If BB delivers, there's no reason to think they don't have a chance. The market is still young. Don't forget, the iPhone entered the scene and everyone laughed at them and said they had no chance against Symbian. Look at them now.

Never underestimate the power of a little persistence and deep pockets. I think Microsoft and Apple have both demonstrated this very well over the years. It could equally well apply to BlackBerry.

And by the way, Thom--"nothing exciting" in those videos?? Are you serious??? That was some pretty awesome eye candy if you ask me, and I've seen nothing like it on Android.

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by Moochman on Wed 19th Oct 2011 04:45 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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One aspect of your comment I don't necessarily agree on is the suggestion that RIM needs a change of leadership. Yes, Mike Lazaridis is not what you'd call charismatic, but at least he is not backing down and giving in to the pressure to adopt Android or WP7. And despite what Thom implies, there's nothing wrong with BlackBerry's marketing, at least from what I've seen in the U.S.

Meanwhile, just look how well the changes of leadership worked out at Nokia and HP. You really want a repeat of that? Really?

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