Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Jun 2013 14:37 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "BlackBerry offered few signs of a long-promised turnaround on Friday, with an unexpected quarterly operating loss, a dearth of details on sales of its make-or-break new line of devices and no return to profit expected in the current quarter. BlackBerry shares tumbled about 28 percent in both U.S. and Toronto trading." 'Unexpected'? Really?
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The suicidal economics of closed source
by fithisux on Fri 28th Jun 2013 16:33 UTC
fithisux
Member since:
2006-01-22

They did not build trust on the platform by not open sourcing QNX for the PC. So why should someone buy their product? Ask the BB users if they know what QNX is.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

They did not build trust on the platform by not open sourcing QNX for the PC


The number of people who cares about that doesn't nearly number enough to make even an impact on RIM's sales figures.

RIM is failing because they got complacent and thought their days as the big cheese would last forever without them making any efforts.

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cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

RIM is failing because they got complacent and thought their days as the big cheese would last forever without them making any efforts.

Thing is Z10, Q10 and Q5 are now where for how long on sail? Question is how it will look like in the next quarter when one full quarter available. Then it should be long enough around to judge if its failing or 'good enough' stopping the RIM downfall and increasing market share again.

Edited 2013-06-29 07:52 UTC

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

They did not build trust on the platform by not open sourcing QNX for the PC. So why should someone buy their product? Ask the BB users if they know what QNX is.

Yeah, because open sourcing really proved successful for Openmoko, Nokia (et al) who supported MeeGo (and not to mention all the other MeeGo variants that preceded it), HP with Open webOS, nor that Linux powered tablet that was released about a month before the original iPad.

Yet the one open source platform that has succeeded (Android) is the least open of all the Linux mobile OSs to date.

That should be evidence enough that 99.99% of consumers couldn't give a rats arse if the source is open or closed. Heck, even I don't care and I'm a Linux developer (the need for a stable and reliable handset outweighs my desire to tinker with my phones internals)

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