The interwebs were in a stir today when apparent news broke that “BlackBerry 10 is a failure and won’t be able to compete.” One of our readers, @StephenBB81, has sent us his written rebuttal to the shocking news. Stephen has taken the time to even include a few sources to backup his claims. We felt it was well put together and deserved a platform to be heard. Here’s what Stephen thinks on the matter:
This is a post as a rebuttal of the apparent exclusive content that Jonathan S. Geller of BGR posted today claiming that BlackBerry 10 is a failure before it is even released.ADVERTISEMENT
According to a company insider, they told BGR: PlayBook OS2 Will not have PIM functions. However, RIM displayed PIM functions to the public during their “BLACKBERRY INNOVATION FORUM 2011” (view here) on November 21 2011, as well as other features of the OS that have been left out for the developer preview. Kevin Michaluk of Crackberry.com displayed PIM on his personal PlayBook on December 2nd, you can view that here.
The Insider for Jonathan certainly was feeding him wrong information as all the previews of internal Playbooks have had E-mail and native PIM, the only factoid that is true is that BBM will not make it to Wifi PlayBooks with OS2.0 in its initial release.
As for RIM’s failure to make the PlayBook OS and BlackBerry 10 work on the infrastructure that is key to the BlackBerry experience, RIM showed this with BlackBerry Mobile Fusion and BlackBerry Balance PlayBooks will be connecting to the infrastructure moving forward, so this is old news.
To comment on the delay of BlackBerry 10 Phones, and that RIM’s Mike Lazaridis was lying when he gave his explanation is almost slander, as Jonathan does not release any supporting documentation as to the implications of releasing a NON LTE phone in 2012. He does not comment to RIM’s reason for wanting the next generation LTE products, it is widely speculated that Verizon will not accept any NON LTE smartphones in 2012, and Jonathan is a connected person in the media so these speculations must have crossed his path, yet they are not addressed, IF the case of Verizon not accepting NON LTE devices is found to be true, RIM’s best interest is not creating a Carrier fight between Android / Verizon and BlackBerry/AT&T which would come about if RIM launched a HSPA+ BlackBerry 10 phone without a supporting LTE BlackBerry for Verizon. N4BB put forth some thought on why a delay for LTE may not be so bad.ADVERTISEMENT
NOW to talk about the ecosystem that RIM is betting it’s future on, the BBM network is an ecosystem, with 75Million users, and is consistently getting more and more connected apps into that ecosystem. BlackBerry Messenger Music is an example of the start of RIM addressing the ecosystem problems. The BlackBerry 10 phones will launch with a more robust, and larger ecosystem than Both iPhone 1 Launched with, and Android Launched with. RIM continues to expand partnerships and major developers are starting to take notice of the PlayBook Platform as EA and Roivo have shown since the Native NDK was released in beta in October 2011.
It cannot be expected that RIM is standing still on the expansion of their ecosystem when they have been spending more time and resources on the expansion of it in 2011 than they did in every previous year combined. The “Super App” movement is their movement of an integrated ecosystem for developers to tap into, they have the most available languages to develop for BlackBerry 10. It is an uphill battle, but the battle is far from lost, and with the movement to HTML 5, and more open standards, there is a lot of room for 4 Ecosystems in the world. The industry is big enough to support diversity, the argument there isn’t room.
I truly hope the trusted source has been removed from RIM if they in fact are an Employee with attitudes like that. I would very much appreciate if Jonathan took the time to actually do what is called FACT checking before writing his articles, or I suppose I should say his stories.
What do you believe? Is RIM destined to fail and BlackBerry 10 phones will be a complete disaster? Or, will they be a solid new frontier for RIM and the rest of the mobile space? Let us know what you think! Sound off in the comments.