One of the things that Research in Motion co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said at the All Things D: Dive Into Mobile conference last week was that we will see QNX on the BlackBerry when dual core processors became available. LG, today, has launched the LG Optimus 2X with Tegra 2, the first dual-core smartphone, so, clearly dual core processors are available. Lazaridis said also, however, when talking about BlackBerry 6 that, “It really is the foundation of us going forward on the BlackBerry“, which to me sounds like it will be some time before we see a QNX BlackBerry.
I don’t want to say that Lazaridis’ comments are conflicting, but, they definitely are confusing. All I really want to know is when can I get a dual-core, QNX running BlackBerry?
I would be willing to bet that that RIM will go into full blown QNX for BlackBerry marketing blitz mode almost immediately after they launch the BlackBerry PlayBook. I am guessing that we will hear rumors leading up to BlackBerry World where RIM will unveil their new line of smartphones.
heck, i would just like to know when I can get a new BlackBerry that isn’t the Curve or the Bold.
With so many new non-BB options out there, it’s tough to wait for the next BB. A schedule would help a lot.
There will not be a QNX Blackberry in 2011. Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie dont see the need to rush because they are still sellings tons of BB’s in the US and even more all over the world. RIM is no longer a leader in the mobile world. They just copy and paste what Apple is doing and hope its enough.
QNX on BlackBerry devices is coming before the end of 2011, folks.
that’s when I’ll buy buying another BlackBerry only, and not spending hundreds of dollars on a 9780 when it is still a shitty phone, let’s be real.
If I had to bet, I would say late 2011.
If we are talking a year from now, RIM is worse off than even it’s biggest critics are saying. RIM cannot got beyond mid Q2 at the latest without at least announcing a QNX BlackBerry that will come out soon after WES.
I think as long as Lazaridis is in charge RIM is in trouble. I think they won’t go QNX until they like the power consumption of the dual core chips.
Also, I just don’t see why Mike thinks the BlackBerry OS is so efficient anymore. The reason BB uses less traffic is because using streaming services or web browsing is so frustrating because the thing will stall out all the time. The TCP/IP stack is shockingly shit. Try downloading a file via EVDO! I think their PUSH email is great but that could be ported to any OS if they wanted to.
My Droid X would have awesome battery life too if it was rocking a 3 year old processor and terrible resolution screen.
Also did anyone think the interview with all things digital was a bit odd when Mike talked about 3rd world countries? He makes it sound like making a BlackBerry is so much cheaper. That’s crap. The iPhone and BlackBerry cost about the same amount in parts. BlackBerry phones are not cheaper. They are cheaper to run for the carrier but that’s because it can only handle messaging well and users get frustrated trying anything else.
The rest of the world wants what the Droid and iPhone can do and carriers do not seem to give discounts for BlackBerry plans. Infact if you want BES you have to pay Verizon MORE! So to the end-user BlackBerry is not a lower cost option. Plus it does not support ActiveSync so you miss out on 80% of the small business market. Yes we know BESX is free. Tell that to your IT department. They will laugh at you and tell you to get a Droid. Like they are going to install BESX, righhhhttt…
Like I said the co-ceo thing needs to end, and they need new leadership. They need to get QNX out the door FAST. They need to make a clean break FAST. I can understand wanting to be hush-hush so they don’t pull a Microsoft Windows Phone market share crash-ola…
So unless that’s what they are doing these guys are in big trouble.
Also, the reason there are not new BlackBerry’s out there is because the devs are focused on working on the PlayBook OS… So they are taking a real gamble here. I just don’t see the differences between a tablet and a smartphone software wise. The screen is bigger for reading and browsing. But really they need to be STRONG on both.