Sigh. RIM has announced drops in revenue in the last three quarters. Their trademark OS and devices, BlackBerry, are not doing so well in the global market, though they are the darling of Nigerians.
RIM has also announced that the spanking new Blackberry OS 10, which had been scheduled to be shipping in devices before the end of this year will not be ready until the first quarter of 2013.
Sigh. This postponement looks very grave for RIM’s business. In the last quarter, BlackBerry now has 78 million subscribers, an increase from the 70 million figure it had back in September 2011. While that is an increase, the trail shows that they are selling less and less devices each quarter. Also, a total of only 260,000 PlayBook tablets have been shipped till date – and that is a poor figure compared to other tablets in the market.
So, RIM is still selling devices, but not at a rate that they can make profits from. Will the venerable smartphone, maker survive till 2013 without Blackberry OS 10?
Personally, I feel a bit deflated. I was looking to upgrade my 9810 to something blazing later this year, but that expectation is dead now.
Windows Phone for the 3rd Smartphone Spot?
If Microsoft and partners play their game well, this delay from RIM will give them a chance to get ahead and secure that 3rd slot in the smartphone ecosystem. What are the chances of us seeing a Blackberry form factor device running Windows Phone? When will Microsoft open up their Windows Phone market to more countries around the world, so that availability of apps is improved?
What do you think? What are RIM’s chances of survival with the new development? Perhaps a stronger business will buy them over before then and give a fresh lease of life? Any other possible scenarios – like RIM releasing a BlackBerry with super-duper features to sustain interest till then? You have your say.