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[7]: Comment by Nelson
by tylerdurden on Fri 30th Aug 2013 22:52 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Nelson"
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Yes, but that is only taking into account the baseline "minimum" license fee.

The best case scenario for Nokia to end up getting a few million from Microsoft net, it's if they manage to not sell many Lumias. If the Lumias take off, Microsoft ends up as the net benefiting party.

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RE[8]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Fri 30th Aug 2013 23:14 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Nelson"
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That's aside from the benefit to Nokia from moving Lumia devices, and in that light, it makes your "at least half a billion dollars net" statement a flat out falsehood.

Basically what this boils down to is that Microsoft in the future will receive a net of royalties, if Nokia is able to ramp up their volumes to go above and beyond the baseline, while at the same time Nokia is extracting revenue and profit off of those devices.

This is a fantastic deal for Nokia, and it would've been a fantastic one for BBRY had they not been so stubborn.

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