As we Jamaicans say “Bad luck wuss dan obeah”. It just is not Blackberry’s Year, people!
First, they have no smartphones to begin with, as even RIM (Research in Motion) themselves have opted not to class themselves in that category, as really, there is nothing “smart” about their phones. Their Tablet, the RIM Playbook, got cursed both by bad design as well as by Telecom Operator O2 in the UK (United Kingdom), who rejected the Tablet due to, quote, “issues with the end to end customer experience” as noted in my article RIM’s PlayBook needs to become a Real Tablet.
RIM is now riding the mass defection whale ever since the Great BB Messenger Outage of October 2011AD. This at a time when a survey by analyst Enterprise Corporate Management indicates that 30% of Corporate and Enterprise Clients of RIM are choosing to leave the Blackberry Platform for good! US$100 worth of apps will not make it all right and this survey says it all. Forrester Research has replicated the findings of analyst Enterprise Corporate Management.
Forrester Research advises Corporate and Enterprise peeps (is there such a thing?) in the US that it’s ok to allow employees to bring their own gadgets to work, be it their own smartphones and Tablets. Whether Local Jamaican companies out here will take their cue from our Northerly Neightbours remains to be seen, the days on Blackberry as the standard Road Warrior’s and Office Dilbert’s phone are numbered. The Great BB Messenger Outage of October 2011AD does however, have a silver lining.
It will eventually result in a push towards standardizing IM (Instant Messenger) Platforms to allow them to securely talk to each other. Not only that, create Cross-Platform Server redundancies to allow IM (Instant Messenger) and email traffic on smartphones to be rerouted over Telecoms Providers Broadband Networks in the case of IRC (Internet Relay Chat) Server failures.
With the Apple iPhone 4S, Motorola Razr and Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Android Fans go wild!!), “spoilt for choice” is going to be the cliché phrase for the Christmas Shopping Season, now only four (4) weeks away! Plus the Apple iPhone sports a SMS-friendly Messenger that comes packed in the iOS 5.0 update that comes loaded with Apple iMessage and packs Siri, Voice Assistant with a personality for Apple iPhone 4 and 3GS.
Apple and Android are just swaggiiiiiiiiiiing! Awww, RIM, too bad for you, as Corporate and Enterprise users toss aside those drab little phones! But don’t’ count out the Blackberry just yet. Jamaica is Blackberry Central in Latin America and despite the flashy graphics, the Blackberry’s Durability and the support services for the phone as argued in Android smartphones may be king in 2015AD, but RIM Blackberry quality shines means that it will take quite a while to be unseated in CrackBerry-Crazed Jamaica.
Besides, the QNX + BlackBerry OS 7.0 combo sounds as like a very delicious ecosystem combo akin to Google Android Ice Cream – if it performs anything like the RIM Playbook Tablet interface. More ecosystems avoids the biosphere of smartphones OS become a monoculture of Android phones and create variety. Which makes it difficult for common problems, such as viruses and mass outages of the nature of that which affected RIM Blackberrys from occurring so easily!
So albeit I am secretly rejoicing at these statistics confirming what is generally felt, I will keep my fingers cross and eyes peeled for REAL smartphones from RIM in 2021AD just in time for London Olympics on July 27th 2012AD.
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