RIM: BlackBerry is still alive

2012-05-24 11:16

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.


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.

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  • leslie.timm - 2012-05-24 12:05

    Blackberry isn't a smart phone... it's a semi-intelligent phone

      grant.abrahams - 2012-05-24 12:42

      I have to agree, Blackberry is only as smart as its users, yet still a long way off many superior devices out there.

  • Ryno - 2012-05-24 12:45

    sal nie sommer weer n ander foon koop nie

      PatPion - 2012-05-24 13:25

      Grootste fout wat jy kan maak, die skip is besig om te sink. Spring in 'n lifeboat, a la Android!

      E=MC2 - 2012-05-24 14:44

      i agree Ryno...

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-24 15:40

    As long as RIM keep their internet fees at the current low, the Blackberry will continue to be the phone of choice in most developing countries. as this makes up close on 80% of the worlds consumers, don't expect the company to fold soon.

  • leslie.timm - 2012-05-29 10:10

    So the wheel turns:

  • Dean - 2012-06-11 10:13

    It is RIM's own fault for not making better phones to begin with. Upgrading the RAM and storage space by 256MB on the original 9700 and calling it the 9780 or 9790 is not good enough. On top of that selling it at more than the original phone which was designed more than 3 years ago, is ridiculous. My 9700 problems include : phone freezes from time to time (have to pull battery); phone just randomly switches off cellular reception (and nobody can get hold of me); phone lags alot when i am typing fast; batter life is dismal; so little space left over after installation of required software (OS, maps etc) that there is no space for downloaded apps. The Bold2 is supposed to be a superior product, but i only hear negative things from other BB BOLD 2 owners. Most positive remarks come from the cheaper Curve model owners. Will definitely not be making this mistake again. Currently in the market for an Android phone such as the SGS2 :)

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