RIM Readies Tablet, Plans to Ditch BlackBerry OS

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Research In Motion (RIM) is almost ready to unveil a new tablet device to compete with Apple’s iPad, along with a new operating system to drive the device. The Wall Street Journal reported that not only will RIM use an OS developed by QNX Software Systems, which was purchased by RIM earlier in 2010, for the tablet, the company plans on transitioning the entire BlackBerry smartphone to the same OS.

RIM could unveil the device as early as next week, and that it will ship during the last quarter of 2010. The device is being called a “BlackPad” internally, a name that suggests the company sees the device as the BlackBerry answer to Apple’s iPad.

It will feature a 7” display, and either one or two cameras. It will come with Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities, but The Journal’s sources said that it will only be able to connect to cellular networks through a BlackBerry smartphone.

The move to first use the OS developed by QNX on a tablet allows RIM to test the waters without upsetting its existing customer base of BlackBerry users. While RIM has lost market share to Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms, many BlackBerry users are fiercely loyal to their devices, especially those who use them in an Enterprise setting, even while RIM has faced criticism from other sources that BlackBerry OS is outdated and slow.

Comments

Bryan Chaffin

Ditching Max OS for NeXTStep worked for Apple, and I think a new OS for RIM could allow the company to better compete with Android. I don’t think it will change much when it comes to competing with Apple’s IOS.

Then again, RIM is the only other Whole Widget competitor in the smartphone biz besides Apple, so I would be pleased to be surprised on that front.

Lee Dronick

I think a new OS for RIM could allow the company to better compete with Android

I can’t believe what Annsi Vanjoki of Nokia said about Android:

According to the Financial Times, Vanjoki “likens mobile phone makers that adopt Google’s software to Finnish boys who ‘pee in their pants’ for warmth in the winter. Temporary relief is followed by an even worse predicament.” See this article

mhikl

This sounds very good. Every market needs competing ideas and maybe RIM will produce a great tablet device. It seems to be a “youthful” company that, hopefully, spends its research money prudently with an eye on the needs (present and future) of its audience; unlike the big buck bullies who suffer from entitlement syndrome expecting a queenly spotlight in this world of wonder products.

Every champion punches a little harder when a ready opponent enters the ring. Hope RIM is successful beyond the blather from the vapour world of dead beat enviers.

ps: Annsi sounds like a people’s philosopher -  Clint Eastwood kind of guy.

John Martellaro

Some see this rush to compete with the iPad, after the fact, as a sign that other companies lack imagination, creativity and courage.  The fact is, this process has been going on for a long time. For example, IBM was famous for letting DEC spearhead mini computer add-on technologies in the 70s and 80s.  Then, when the market was well developed, IBM would come out with their own branded product and wipe out DEC’s innovative products.

It’s not a bad idea to let Apple, with its huge financial resources, carve out a market, then cash in on their coattails.

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