The financial community didn’t like what they heard about the launch
date for the devices in the U.S., either. They won’t be available until
But again, seriously, what “material” difference does that
make? After all, BlackBerry’s Z10 touchscreen device will be the first
of the two models to hit the market, with a rollout that already started in
I think it’s time for the tech community--not the financial community--to rise up and give credit where the
credit due. I am actually pretty impressed with the fact that BB10’s
ability to run multiple kernels.
I firmly believe that the
enterprise market will be the key to BlackBerry’s survival. That market,
in my opinion, hasn’t spoken yet. Who in the enterprise market wouldn’t
like BB10’s capability to separate data from enterprise and consumer in
As Richard Windsor at Radio Free Mobile put it, “Data
from the enterprise and consumer are presented to the user together in
the hub. But with enterprise on a totally separate kernel, the security
and control requirements of corporates have been nicely addressed.”
Windsor correctly points out, the whole point of BlackBerry’s
acquisition of QNX in 2010 resides in QNX’s feature of running multiple
When I visit China and find a lot of 8-inch screen
smartphones popping up everywhere--both branded and non-branded--I’m
overwhelmed with the energy and ambition of rising Chinese OEMs. They’re
there to satisfy the aspirational goals among Chinese consumers to “own
a smartphone.” Some of those OEMs--especially well-known Chinese
brands like Lenovo, Huawei and ZTE--also nurture the lofty goal of
expanding their presence into the United States. While I admire their
ambition, I can’t help thinking that none of those brands is doing
anything as technologically “innovative” as BlackBerry.
Android market turns into a giant playground for me-too products--with
Samsung in charge--could it be such a bad development for another
competitor to emerge?
Couldn’t we give BlackBerry the benefit of a
few months’ doubt, just to see how far their innovative software
products might go in the global market?