RIM: BlackBerry is still alive

2012-05-24 11:16
Research In Motion has insisted that the BlackBerry keyboard will remain a feature on the popular devices. (picture provided)

Research In Motion has insisted that the BlackBerry keyboard will remain a feature on the popular devices. (picture provided)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

  • Crackberry
    This book offers a comprehensive 12 Step Plan for BlackBerry users and abusers. Now R249.00
    buy now
Cape Town - Research In Motion has insisted that the company is on a good footing despite the departure of key executives and growing market competition with devices based on Google's Android operating system.

On Wednesday, the head of global sales, Patrick Spence resigned from RIM as the company prepares to launch its much-anticipated new device.

His departure follows Alan Brenner, senior vice president for the BlackBerry platform, as well as Alistair Mitchell, who was vice president for the BlackBerry Messenger platform.

The BlackBerry maker has come under pressure as its market share declines, particularly in developed markets and recently, new CEO Thorsten Heins announced that the firm was focusing on business customers in the face of consumer market competition.

The company revealed its BlackBerry 10 operating system at the BlackBerry World conference in May and expectations are that the update is a make-or-break deal for the Canadian-based company.

Developers

RIM said that developers continue to invest in apps for the platform.

"There has been a clear commitment from BlackBerry to developers, with tools focused on usability and ease of development; increased involvement and contribution to open source; [and] reinvigorated community event involvement over the last six months," RIM told News24.

Some developers have praised the BlackBerry platform and the company has often touted its security as being superior to that of competitors.

The BlackBerry 7 platform won security certification and the model range running the latest operating system has been listed by the US Defence Information Systems Agency (Disa) on its unified communications approved product list.

"What excites me most about the BlackBerry platform is the clear pursuit of web standards and their passion for open source. Combining the tools that developers love most with the security and stability of an enterprise platform is where the magic happens," said Andrea Mutz-Mercier at Verivo.

The company reported a 21% increase in BlackBerry smartphone apps, along with a 68% increase in vendors registered on App World.

About 177 million BlackBerry apps are downloaded per month.

The company still has a huge mobile presence in developing countries like India and South Africa, due in part to the BlackBerry Internet Service offered with the devices.

It is estimated that there are about nine million smartphones in SA, of which 65% are BlackBerrys.


- Follow Duncan on Twitter

 
- News24
Read more on:    blackberry  |  rim  |  mobile
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
8 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Fashion
 

6 life hacks you simply have to know

A few simple tricks can make your life so much easier!

 
 

For chic geeks...

Device lets disabled people talk through their nose
It’s THIS easy for someone to steal your ATM pin!
This is why you should install iOS 8
17 photo illusions that look so real

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Your sense of duty is emphasized and you may put your heart and soul into helping, serving and being there for the community in a...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.