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As a Playbook and Bold 9930 owner, I do not look forward to BB10. That will be the beginning of the end. RIM is betting everything on the new OS, while not realizing that their bad quarter would have been worse if BB10 was already made the default OS on their phone platform. BBOS7 is great and RIM should shift to a long-term strategy and realize that they're not going to win new customers or customers back overnight and especially not with a new OS.
Most people are not aware of the current one, not because it is bad, but because RIM is being ignored.
Palm took some time in winning over people from PalmOS and the apps that were working perfectly to move to WebOS. In the end, Palm lost and HP lost on that gamble.
You have got to be kidding. RIM, Palm, Nokia and Microsoft all made the same mistake in that they waited *too long* to come out with a new OS. The second mistake that HP and Nokia made was to bring in new management who killed their new platforms shortly after arrival. HP is now out of the smartphone biz and Nokia is struggling.
This leaves RIM as the very last smartphone maker aside from Apple to try (in earnest) to succeed with its own OS. If they can manage to bring out something decent, and then survive their shareholders' inclinations to sabotage their achievements, then they could still come out of this on top a couple years down the road.
Patience is the name of the game. Unfortunately that's a lot easier for companies like Microsoft, Apple and Google to pull off, since they're bigger players who entered the market with plenty of other sources of income. Then again, RIM's still got some legacy products (BES and QNX) that could help them stay afloat in the short term until their new phones build up a market base.