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[2]: The phones are good
by reduz on Fri 30th Aug 2013 18:38 UTC in reply to "RE: The phones are good"
reduz
Member since:
2006-02-25

Crapware is everywhere. What I mean is, BlackBerry still needs time.

BB10 has been out for a little time and only the expensive high end devices were release. Nokia already has the 920 and 620 while the Q5 and Z5 aren't even out.

Remember how much it took for Microsoft/Nokia to go from horrible sales to almost decent.

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RE[3]: The phones are good
by Nelson on Fri 30th Aug 2013 20:03 in reply to "RE[2]: The phones are good"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29


BB10 has been out for a little time and only the expensive high end devices were release. Nokia already has the 920 and 620 while the Q5 and Z5 aren't even out.

Remember how much it took for Microsoft/Nokia to go from horrible sales to almost decent.


That's a good point and I am inclined to agree. The questions at this point are:

- Do they have time
- Do they want time

Is there a will in the company to even try to make BB10 a successful platform from a consumer devices perspective? They have more cash on hand than Nokia, but they don't have a strong ecosystem set up yet and that's going to burn some serious cash.

They're well run financially which helps in times of transition, so they're actually in relatively decent shape should they attempt to go with Android or Windows Phone. I don't think they can go it alone, at least not without something else bringing in cash.

The "we're for sale" admission by the company was a mistake, especially since it seems that now there's no buyer for BBRY as a whole (Brand isn't valuable, patents are, but devices aren't).

To me its in the same vein as Siemens was with their stake in NSN, no one wants a 50% stake of a venture, so they were forced to sell it to Nokia for pennies on the dollar.

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RE[3]: The phones are good
by zima on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 14:13 in reply to "RE[2]: The phones are good"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Neolander already owns Q5... http://www.osnews.com/permalink?570989

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