What was driving the love of iPhone is a company that turned around its business during difficult economic times. People can relate to that story. Apple just rehash the same old ideas but the tech press keep on shouting like North Korean communists supporting their leaders.
Blackberry is now in turn around mode and sooner or later some iSheeps will jump ship and sing their praises.
Although I am long Blackberry the hardware lineup is still very weak and obsolete. Z10 and Q10 is almost 2 years old, old processor, stinky camera. Z3 is 1.5x to 1.8x the price of Android phones with similar hardware specs.
The Passport might be a success for people who are on 2 year contracts and have multiple iPhones that are shopping for something new. Or for longtime loyal Blackberry users that are looking to refresh. Other than that there is not enough new products (so far) to attract new users and fundamentally turn around the company. Blackberry might not go out of business but OS 10.3, a few new handsets, and BES 12 is just not enough for a turnaround.
Amazon own smartphone not selling well at all, and the interest of Amazon is not to sell phones but promote its app store.
If Amazon pushed Blackberry (with Amazon app store) during Christmas it might sell half a million phones/phablets or more. Even a moderate success will be dramatic improvement over 1.3M phones shipped by Blackberry.
Have anyone ran benchmarks of Android App on a Blackberry Z10 or Z3?
Although Blackberry advertises Android compatibility if the apps ran very slowly many consumers will not buy a Blackberry phone. The examples I found on Youtube typically showed a 50% performance degradation running Android apps on Blackberry. This is definitely not good enough.
I don;t know if Apple is in disarray.
But blaming the users for data breach is bad press. What comes to mind is Intel Pentium have a hardware bug and the company said consumers should not worry because the probability of error is close to zero.
Apple will have to apologize for the data breach.
OS10.3 will not blow away Android. Android is already the standard and OS10.3 will get users that wants Android but are willing to pay a little more for security, ease of use, and privacy. If that's 10% or 20% Android smartphone market it is already huge.
HP bought Palm several years ago. Only to stop its own smartphone effort and sell of the patents. Blackberry have to survive on its own. Stop daydreaming.
The only news about Sandeep Chennakeshu is he jumped ship from Ericsson to Freescale eight years ago. Then nothing happens.
Does not look good.
BBRY QNX now have Amazon apps store. So it should considered as customized QNX+Android phone. Question is how much high end Android market share it can gain, not Android vs. iOS vs. QNX.
Because Blackberry have Amazon apps store, Blackberry running QNX should be considered as a high end customized version of Android. Not QNX vs. Android/iOS. The question becomes whether BBRY adds value to its phone via differentiated features like security.
Maybe BBRY phones will come back and retake market share as a high end Android enabled handset.
Nvidia design is innovative and not just tweak the frequency and voltage to get better power performance. It seems Tegra as an Android processor (when communications is not the primary concern) is gaining traction. Acer Chromebook, Xiaomi Mi Pad etc.
According to interview of John Chen, Blackberry is talking to companies (competitors of IBM?) that will help them sell their phones to businesses. Hope BBRY will announce some partners (SAP? Oracle? HP?) in the future.
If I understand it correctly, QNX is positioning itself as a secure version of Android (with Android apps in sandbox)? It is Linux under the hood anyway and there are hooks to pass Android API to QNX? Given Android is 90% of all smartphones anyway this will be a viable business model for QNX?
Other than making himself more liable for lawsuits if BBRY fails, the memo means very little.
If they announce new large orders for Blackberry phones from targeted customers that would help.