Newest BlackBerry being delayed

Is this the beginning of the death knell for the BlackBerry?

Research in Motion, the company behind the smartphone, was taking a beating Friday on Wall Street in the wake of announcing a delay in the introduction of its next generation BlackBerry until the latter part of 2012.

According to one analyst, “This could be game over for the BlackBerry franchise,” Reuters reported.

When it does reach store shelves, the BlackBerry 10 will feature the QNX operating system. It was expected to be introduced in the first quarter of 2012, but the new smartphone relies on a chip that won’t be available until mid-2012, the Canadian company said. That will push phone shipments to later in the year.

The delay comes as BlackBerry’s chief competitors, Apple, Amazon and Google, continue to grab market share in the smartphone and tablet arena.

RIM has been beset with problems in recent months. Several weeks ago it said it had to write off much of its deeply-discounted PlayBook tablet inventory. It also said it didn’t expect to sell as many BlackBerry phones as it did last holiday season.

Meanwhile, Apple continues to see strong sales with its latest iPhone and iPad. Amazon announced Thursday that it is selling more than 1 million Kindles a week. Phones using Google’s Android operating system also are giving BlackBerry a run for its money.

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BILLY MAYS HERE

December 16th, 2011
1:48 pm

RIM looks DIM

December 16th, 2011
2:21 pm

Never cared for them. Somebody will buy them for cheap and maybe revive their products.

Just switched

December 16th, 2011
2:27 pm

after 10 years, I gave up my blackberry for an iphone. The transition is killing me, as I loved that keyboard. But the best blackberry Verizon will sell you is like a commodore 64 compared to my modern day laptop when compared to what the iphone can do. I also got complaints during phone calls about my phone being hard to understand. Those complaints have dissapeared now that I’ve switched.

jarvis

December 16th, 2011
2:37 pm

Canadian innovation at its best.

Jeff

December 16th, 2011
2:43 pm

Agree with Just Switched. My first smart phone was a BlackBerry Curve, issued by my former office when I took that job way back in 2008. A year later I got a personal one, and another for my wife. When we could change those phones out, we went with the BlackBerry Bold 2. We were able to upgrade those in Aug, and went with the Motorola Droid X2.

What the HADES took me so long to leave BlackBerry???? The Commodore 64 to modern laptop comparison vis a vis Blackberry and iPhone was EXTREMELY kind. I’d probably rank it as dang near an ENIAC to modern desktop comparison vis a vis my Bold2 and my Droid X2!

Horsetoothedjackass

December 16th, 2011
2:50 pm

I’ve jumped on the BlackBerry bandwagon last year and while at times I do regret buying a PlayBook over an iPad, I do like my BlackBerry phone even though it is one of their entry level phones. I’m on a no-contract plan via Virgin Mobile USA because it is a really good buy and the only other smartphone option with them are some entry-level Android devices. Now if someone in the US were to bring out a no-contract plan for the iPhone, I would seriously give thought to making the switch.

Hopefully this latest news is the straw that breaks the camel’s back and Lazaridis and Basillie are finally forced out. The PlayBook’s poor sales and deep discounts on top of the significant delays to a major OS update that is supposed to finally deliver on what was originally promised already took a hit on RIM’s stock prices and this latest news drove it even further.

The BlackBerry is still a very popular device in parts of the world, especially India and parts of Asia. The iPhone has barely sold in India and places like Indonesia and Malaysia.

I think that RIM is the next Palm, forced into bankruptcy and sold to someone for pennies on the dollar. There are parts of RIM that would be of value to someone like Google or Microsoft or perhaps even Apple.

BILLY MAYS HERE

December 16th, 2011
3:51 pm

BlackBerry is a damaged brand, beyond repair, it’ll have to be bought out and rebranded by someone else.

johnc

December 16th, 2011
4:00 pm

“…it’ll have to be bought out…”

Since buying Palm worked out so well for them I suppose HP might be interested.

Damon

December 16th, 2011
4:07 pm

So its going to be delayed lets look at things for a moment in the mobile device world.
Android – unchecked app store loads of viruses and malicious software (472% increase in malicious software for June, July, and August alone). When you update which Android OS version do you choose? Issue downloading apps because your Android OS is not up to date, but there is not an update for your version of the Android OS you run? Its Open source which is great but because there are so many flavors which one do you choose, which ones does your carrier allow, recommend, etc.
iPhone – Suckered the lemmings to buy an iPhone 4S when all the users really needed is an update to the iOS and download Siri which is a separate application that you can download from the iPhone app store. If your phone breaks AT&T is limited on how much support they can give you, instead you have to call an apple store and schedule a time that you can go in to get this looked at. Seriously they should be working around my time, not me around theirs, talk about poor customer service. Oh and iPhones are such a closed system that any knowledgeable that rages against the machine should not support it as they stand for everything techies dislike.
Blackberry – Delayed releases, releases to early, limited apps.

But lets look at some market facts here 90% of all fortune 500 companies use Blackberry. 90% of all world governments use Blackberry, why do you ask? For the simple fact that out of the box Blackberry devices meet every security standard out there, hence why our President uses one. System Administrators and IT Security professionals bemoan Android and iPhone lack of security, but applaud Blackberry, go figure. You can actually send more data with a Blackberry simply by the way they compress their data and transport it, so you can make a 5GB data plan last longer with a Blackberry than you can an iPhone or Android.

Here in lies the issue with this article and most other articles concerning technology. They are written by journalists not by people who actually have a clue about technology in the greater landscape of the world.

Just a thought

December 16th, 2011
4:43 pm

Damon – “iPhone – Suckered the lemmings to buy an iPhone 4S when all the users really needed is an update to the iOS and download Siri which is a separate application that you can download from the iPhone app store.” Hmm…I have the new iOS and am searching for Siri in the App Store. Where is it?

Also, techies may dislike the iPhone, as a pseudo-techie i have found the iPhone to be the easiest to use of all 3 phones. I have an Xperia X10, had a BlackBerry 8830 and now have an iPhone 4.

John Abraham's Groin

December 16th, 2011
4:46 pm

I love my company supplied Blackberry. Works perfect!

reebok

December 16th, 2011
4:49 pm

my company recently switched our smartphones from blackberry to i-phone and the difference is night and day. none of us would even consider going back.

for gods' sake

December 16th, 2011
5:13 pm

don’t bail em out!

ron paul 2012

BB OK

December 16th, 2011
5:27 pm

I can’t stand iPhones – having no keyboard sucks when you’re trying to send emails. BB’s are better for being productive with your work.

Dave

December 16th, 2011
5:28 pm

Remember when Nextel had the market on the push to talk feature? Others tried to break into that market and it took years before they had any competition. The Blackberry will survivve because there are so many industries that use and have used their technology. For a business use phone, it really is a solid workhorse. It will be expensive for some smaller companies to abandon the Blackberry all at once. By the time they are ready the new ones should be out and working. Many people upgrade personal phones because they have to have the latest and greatest but company supplied phones are updated on a needed basis not just because there is a new one out there.

BillkS

December 16th, 2011
5:53 pm

Uhh, Damon, no problems here with Apple service. And in fact their devices don’t often need servicing compared to my 5-yer-old Blackberry (which I gave up last year). I have no animosity toward Blackberry and suppose they’ll survive in one form or another, but in terms of technology, they’r perceived as falling behind, and that’s a death knell in this society.

Curtains.....

December 16th, 2011
5:56 pm

took them waaaaaay to long to change their software. ie browser. That thing seemed like a dinosaur when I traded for a droid 2 years ago. Too bad, it was good for them while it lasted. I agree though. Going to be hard to revive.

James

December 16th, 2011
6:00 pm

I truly enjoy my Blackberry but when I see new apps coming on the market for Droid and iphones only it tells me something is up.I hate it but I’m switching to Andriod,I’m loosing faith in Blackberry.

Guy

December 16th, 2011
6:21 pm

This is further proof that Canada is inferior to the USA.

BILLY MAYS HERE

December 16th, 2011
6:54 pm

Dave

December 16th, 2011
5:28 pm

Remember when Nextel had the market on the push to talk feature? Others tried to break into that market and it took years before they had any competition. The Blackberry will survivve because there are so many industries that use and have used their technology.

I have to know, what can BlackBerries do that iPhones and Androids can’t?

ATL20G

December 16th, 2011
7:24 pm

Had a Blackberry Curve then the Bold, just switched to the Motorola Razr. Does not even compare to the Blackberry, glad I made the switch. It does almost everything except the laundry….

Hi tech Low tech my tech no tech

December 16th, 2011
7:39 pm

I bought the new droid called the Amaze from HTC. It’s grand, sirs!! It has these little robotic creatures that appear now and then to entertain me and boy do they make me smile. Then there’s the Pandora, where I can listen to Donny Osmond all day if I want. I haven’t figured out how to conference call on it yet, nor can I actually work the 8 pegamixel camera, but when I do, look out, I’ll take pictures and yak and everything then, and by golly things are gonna be great!!!

WestOfAthens

December 16th, 2011
7:44 pm

Blackberry, wasn’t this the beginning of todays “smartphone craze”?

I enjoy the internet via laptop when i seek information. Voice via cellphone, yes cellphone remember that purpose?

And to those that MUST get a status update while making a left hand turn into oncoming traffic. Get a life, or save others by putting your addiction off until your intelligence returns.

Boca Baby

December 16th, 2011
8:46 pm

Where the rubber meets the road is which of the smart phones do business people prefer? Blackberry, hands down. It is much more business friendly. For all you who go to Starbucks and sit and go back and forth on you iPhone then you do not need anything else. For those of us who use our smart phones to make money then there is no comparison to the Blackberry.

A.B. Normal

December 16th, 2011
9:31 pm

BBG

December 16th, 2011
9:53 pm

I’m still a BlackBerry Girl.

UGAJD

December 16th, 2011
10:08 pm

The Blackberry has changed very little over the last few years. It has become the smartphone equivalent of a stone tablet and chisel.

Michael

December 16th, 2011
10:35 pm

The iPhone 4S allows you to dictate an email. I’m missing the part where this is not faster than a keyboard with keys the size of pinheads.

Apple has the best out there with the iPhone. Others make some decent devices and sometimes make smart moves, like making the devices a little larger. But you’re still left with the problem of group A making the device and group B making the operating system. Apple shows people how to make computers work by doing both, yet people still act shocked when a PC has more problems.

BlackBerry was a great phone model. But it’s as if RIM never thought of the future. Apple has never been afraid to kill off something if it thought something new would be better — think floppy disk drives, optical drives and hard disk drives. The BlackBerry Storm was such an awful product that it probably made customers think RIM had no clue how to do touchscreen devices, and it looks to be true.

I’m glad there’s a little competition to push Apple. I just wish I didn’t have to deal with people asking me why something doesn’t work on said competition.

Seth

December 16th, 2011
10:41 pm

Security and ease of use is what will keep Blackberry around. It may not be the coolest phone out there ever again, but they’ll be there.
-BB’s email and data security is second to none impenetrable!-Also if you want to send a 500 word email, which I do quite often, BB is the easiest and most efficient to do that with.
-QNX is faster than most give it credit for. BB won’t need dual-core to match speeds with dual-core phones.

Mark T

December 17th, 2011
9:13 am

Find a way to put Angry Birds, YouTube, and Netflix on BlackBerry and watch it sore.

Pay Per View Midget Wrestling

December 17th, 2011
9:32 am

Going from a Blackberry to an iPhone is like going from a Chevy to a Ford.

Eric

December 17th, 2011
12:08 pm

My BB Curve is great for voice and email, but sucks as a web browser. Screen too small to read, no streaming video, etc. I’m no techie; am I missing something? Or is that what this whole debate is about? Someone who knows more than me please reply. Thanks!

Common Sense

December 17th, 2011
12:14 pm

About that dictating an email…you can’t do that in a meeting. Not if you have a real job. And that is the major difference. People that use their phone for work get the BB; people that use if for fun want an Iphone. I just don’t see the joy in using a 1×1 screen to watch movies, surf the web, etc.

Hokey47

December 17th, 2011
4:01 pm

I agree with Damon and would like to add one thing. Our company supplies Blackberry devices but does allow users to use their own with activesynch if they wish so we see all of the devices from all carriers. We see the iPhones most often when we are asked to help replace the broken screens. The Blackberry line, from the beginning, have been TANKS. I’ve seen them droped 10 feet onto concrete, dropped down elevator shafts, and keep running.

senior BB user

December 20th, 2011
1:52 am

I depend on my BBT primarily for conference calls, family/friend texting (can’t beat the classic QWERTY keyboard! for texting and E-mail). Whenever, I am not working I can listen to downloaded podcasts and downloaded and university/academic lectures or wellness podcast lectures. Who wants to watch videos or surf the net on such a tiny screen???? A computer screen or TV seems to make more sense for leisure … but then again maybe my generation gap is showing. BB will survive because it is relied on for data security and as a work horse smart phone. btw, I’ve been a T-Mobile customer since VoiceStream days and glad the merger did not go thru!!

mattymays

December 21st, 2011
5:09 pm

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