Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Sees Android in BlackBerry’s Future…

Steve Wozniak,  Apple co-founder, and, one of the nicest guys in tech is not shy when it comes to offering his opinions on current technology and trends he sees coming down the pike.

In a Street Insider interview Woz states that “BlackBerry will eventually have to switch to the Android operating system.”

What do you think?  Is Woz right?

[Via Street Insider]

The Race for Third Place: It’s Not Android or iOS, But, Windows Phone That BlackBerry 10 is Competing With

The Roman Empire was not built in a day.

The same can be said for Research in Motion when it was on top, Apple and iOS when the iPhone reached number one, and, Android now that it is top dog.  It took years for each of these platforms to best their competition and become the number one selling smartphone operating system.

I know that there is a lot of excitement and anticipation surrounding the release of BlackBerry 10 in Q1 next year, however, I have to admit that I am hearing some pretty lofty goals from die-hard BlackBerry fans that, even if BlackBerry 10 is to Android and iOS what Android and iOS are to the current BlackBerry OS, simply have no chance of coming true…

To make it plain, BlackBerry 10 will not take out iOS, Android, or Windows Phone no matter how good it is.  BlackBerry 10 has no shot at besting the iPhone or Android and will have it’s hands full competing with Windows Phone for 3rd place.

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SMRpodcast #95: Begging for Apps

SMRpodcast #95, Begging for Apps is now online and ready for download.   This week we talk a lot about BlackBerry and explain whey so many tech journalists are wrong about the Kindle Fire.  We also debate Verizon’s stance on Windows Phone, and, of course we’ve got our picks…  A lot of really good picks, especially for Android users…

Have a listen!

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What ecosystem can the BlackBerry PlayBook play in?

Last week rumors that RIM was planning on getting out of the tablet game and discontinuing production of the BlackBerry PlayBook spread like wild fire, and, even though RIM put out a statement calling the rumors “pure fiction” and that the company “remains highly committed to the tablet market”, it’s not really all that difficult to understand why the rumors seemed so plausible…

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What the Android App Player for BlackBerry PlayBook won’t do…

Research in Motion officially announced Android application support for the BlackBerry PlayBook back in March before the tablet was released, and, 7 months later we still don’t have an Android App Player.  RIM did say, however, during their Q2 Fiscal 2011 earnings call, that we would see  preview of the Android App Player next month during BlackBerry DevCon and that the Player would be released along with BlackBerry Tablet OS 2.0 shortly thereafter.

RIM is actually talking more about the Android App Player and starting to detail the features and functionality it will support when it comes to Android.  What RIM has been saying, however, has those anxious to get their hands on the Android App, asking less about when the Android support will be available, and, more about just home much Android support PlayBook users will get…

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Verizon Updates VZ Navigator – BlackBerry and Android Users try it free for 30 days…

Verizon has updated VZ Navigator for both the BlackBerry and the Android Platforms and they are offering a free 30-day trial for new users.  The new VZ Navigator VX has been enhanced with 3D city driving and real highway signs and views.

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Only 4% of consumers in the market for a new smartphone plan to buy a BlackBerry

According to the results from a recent ChangeWave survey on Mobile Operating System Preferences of mostly North American respondents, the BlackBerry has hit its lowest level ever with just 4%of consumers planing to get a new smartphone within the next 90 days preferring to get a BlackBerry.  Comparatively speaking,  48% of respondents planning to get a new smartphone in the next 90 days said they prefer to get an iPhone.
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US BlackBerry Market Share Continues To Plummet

comScore released its March 2011 report on mobile subscriber market share last Friday, and, when it comes to the the smartphone category, Research in Motion’s BlackBerry continues to lose subscribers at an alarming rate dropping 4.5%, now sitting at 27.1%, in the 3 month avg. ending Mar. 2011 vs. 3 month avg. ending Dec. 2010.

The BlackBerry has slipped to number 2 behind Android who jumped up 6% to 34.7% U.S. share.  The BlackBerry is still in front of the iPhone which had just a .5% increase in share now sitting at 25.5%.  If the BlackBerry, however, continues the free-fall that it has been on for the better part of the last 18 months, it will slip to number 3 by the time the next comScore report comes out.  Rounding out the smartphone category where Microsoft and Palm who both lost 0.9% market share dropping to 7.5% and 2.8% respectively…

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Why Is It That People Don’t Appreciate RIM?

Over the weekend I read an interesting article over on the NYT online where Research in Motion founder and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis gave an interview and seemed to go on a bit of a rant asking the following series of questions…

“Why is it that people don’t appreciate our profits? Why is it that people don’t appreciate our growth? Why is it that people don’t appreciate the fact that we spent the last four years going global? Why is it that people don’t appreciate that we have 500 carriers in 170 countries with products in almost 30 languages?”

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