Bolaji, do you think it would be a good move if RIM decides to ship PlayBook with Android OS? I was going through the specs of PlayBook and surprisingly it does seem pretty strong on the hardware side. They may launch it as a separate PlayBook model and still continue with Blackberry OS on other models. After all, companies like Samsung, Creative and Motorolla are already doing it and so far their products have been fairly successful.
@JADEN, QNX won't die with the PlayBook. It'll be on their phones. And not very impressive phones, from the sounds of things.
RIM shouldn't try to compete head-to-head with Apple anyhow: they'll never, ever win. They just can't even hope to match Apple when it comes to the mainstream consumer market. Why would a casual consumer buy a PlayBook over an iPad? There are very few viable reasons. You can't even play Angry Birds on a PlayBook (and yes, I am aware of PlayBook's Android app compatibility thing... but this doesn't work as you'd expect).
RIM needs to buckle down and focus on what they do best: phones for business and enterprise users. If they can't manage to re-capture that market, RIM won't be competing with anyone because they'll be out of business completely.
If RIM dumped the PlayBook, this could save the company from waisting money in the short run but in longer term, that could have some negative repercussions. For one thing, killing the PlayBook would double as a vote of no confidence in the QNX operating system of PlayBook, on which the company has pinned the buk of its hope for a turn around. Killing the device too would remove a significant element of RIM, hobbling its chances of competing on equal footing with Apple and others.
Well, even Bolaji's editorial focuses on new product from RIM, I would like to leave on the board an opinion on a different topic that is, in a such way, correlated. RIM is trying to recover its leader position by the delivering of new products, but after all, RIM's users want and really need services from them based on messaging platform. We are experiencing a dramatical outage of messaging server, then I believe new products coming is a good news, but it is also really important to preserve continuity with right SLA on basic services. Isn't it?
RIM should definitely dump the PlayBook. With all the competition out there and very minimal margins, RIM needs to focus on updating their Blackberry's and control the hemorrhaging of the company’s value.
RIM can and will be viable without a tablet, assuming they get back to the basics and start being innovative again instead of playing catch up to Apple and Samsung.
RIM's main customers are still business professionals, many of them who aren't concerned about all the "game like features" offered on the new smartphones. Get back to focusing on them and they will be able to hold their ground.
I totally agree. RIM now has Kindle Fire to fight with. One thing is to have hardware and second is to have medium, books, movies , etc. There is a very tougth competition and going back to roots of success would be beneficial.
I did a little research on tablet sales and tablet projections.As you can see from the charts below, research analysis firms have a wide array of projection figures for 2012 and beyond.Gartner seems to be the most optimistic in their forecasts, which is not typical of the larger research firms as they tend to be more conservative typically, as not to risk their reputations on over exaggerated projection figures.
Also, Gartner seems to predict that QNX (RIM’s mobile operating system choice) will have a 10% market share in the tablet space 2015.Pretty optimistic.
Tablet Forecasts (in Millions) in Table Format From Above Chart:
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