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.
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RE[4]: Comment by Nelson
by Soulbender on Thu 29th Aug 2013 19:15 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Nelson"
Soulbender
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2005-08-18

Point taken. Perhaps "no doubt" and "much better" was a bit of an exaggeration but I still think it's more likely they'd been better off if backed by a major player with some serious capital and clout.

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RE[5]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Thu 29th Aug 2013 19:24 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Nelson"
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2005-11-29

For fairness on my part as well, point can be made that they'd even fare well with Android as opposed to going it alone with limited resources.

I just didn't remember hearing about them ever considering it, and at the time their WP rebuke made news on some sites.

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