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 libray on Tue 18th Oct 2011 22:03 UTC in reply to "RE: ..."
libray
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2005-08-27

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.

Edited 2011-10-18 22:04 UTC

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by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 18th Oct 2011 23:09 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

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]: ..."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

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 Morgan on Wed 19th Oct 2011 08:05 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

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.


I went back to BlackBerry as my main phone not for the BBM app but for the battery life, the stability of the OS, the ability to have Push support for all of my email (as opposed to only one account on Android)...

I could keep going, but suffice to say that the two areas where BlackBerry devices really excel is as an actual phone and as a robust email device. Don't get me wrong, I really like the Android operating system and on a tablet like the Nook Color I think it's superb. But even the flagship phone I had for a while (MyTouch 4G) was woefully unreliable as a telephone. The battery lasted barely a full work day even if I never turned the screen on. The touchscreen, while gorgeous and easy to use, was constantly coming on during calls and causing problems. As I mentioned before (and this is the OS not the hardware) I require Push support for three email addresses and with Android I could only have Push on one at a time.

All that said, with a boost to battery life the MyTouch would have been like having a small tablet. I think that form factor is where the OS truly shines. Granted I haven't played with the hybrid tablet/phone version yet, but unless they fix the email inadequacies and start taking advantage of huge phone bodies to fit bigger batteries (Moto Droid series I'm looking at you) I just don't see myself going back to the platform.

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