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BlackBerry senior director says "the future is really Android"

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Even before the Android powered BlackBerry Priv was launched, many wondered what the future would be of BlackBerry's own platform, BlackBerry 10. Earlier this month, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said that BlackBerry 10.3 would be receiving security and privacy enhancements in 2016. But comments made over the last few months made it obvious that there will be no new BB10 hardware introduced this year. In fact, Chen said that another Android powered phone will be released in 2016. That will probably be the device that has been codenamed "Vienna."

The future of BlackBerry 10 doesn't seem to be a long lived one. While the Priv was getting launched in India last week, BlackBerry's senior director of Asia Pacific product management made some interesting comments. Damian Tay said that as the company makes Android secure, it wouldn't make sense to offer two such platforms. As a result, he says that in the future, BlackBerry "may have only Android as a platform."

"The Priv device is essentially our transition to Android ecosystem. As we secure Android, over a period of time, we would not have two platforms, and may have only Android as a platform [for smartphones]. But for now, we have BB10 and Android platforms for our smartphones...The future is really Android. We went for Android essentially for its app ecosystem. In addition, all the enterprise solutions that we have been doing have been cross-platform for a long time now. So it's a natural progression towards Android"-Damian Tay, senior director of APAC product management, BlackBerry

According to Chen, the updates that BlackBerry 10 will receive this year will make the OS more secure for business and government use. The upcoming 10.3.3 update will allow BB10 to be NIAP certified. This means that the platform "will have passed the strictest government-grade security tests." Later this year, the platform will be updated to version 10.3.4 with even more security updates.
 
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source: EconomicTimes via ValueWalk

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posted on 30 Jan 2016, 11:46 28

1. Lycan155 (Posts: 246; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


Android is love android is life

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 14:06 2

16. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2031; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Ios is love ios is life.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 14:37 17

18. legiloca (Posts: 1205; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


^failed.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 17:31

28. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2031; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Yes epic fail mate lol but I expected as much.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 15:00 6

22. sgodsell (Posts: 3235; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


So your iOS idea of love is being confined, restricted, and controlled. For the last few years Apple has been following and not leading.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 17:31

29. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2031; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I don't mind.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 20:09 1

35. mixedfish (Posts: 1152; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


A certain English poet once wrote: "Love is merely a madness.."

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 20:23

36. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11312; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Really? You're either pretty dense or very misinformed. I'm going to assume both.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 22:07 2

40. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1836; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Here's Pretzyld!ck. Trolling again and attacking others. Predictable as always.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 12:23

51. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11312; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Eww dude, I'm not sure why you keep fantasizing me about pretzel d!cks.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 00:37

61. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1836; Member since: 29 May 2014)


No one fantasizes about you Pretzyld!ck. That's wishful dreaming on your part.

And here you are again. Using other people's words and such. Nothing original about you. Except you being the original troll on PA.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 18:02

66. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11312; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


No one cares about your fantasies of Pretzeld!cks.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 21:03

73. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1836; Member since: 29 May 2014)


That was a horrible come back. Just... Disgustingly bad.

You're done here Michelle. No coming back for you.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 23:30 2

42. meanestgenius (Posts: 9706; Member since: 28 May 2014)


And here you are Michelle, attacking someone for having an opinion because he said something you don't like about iOS. Your hypocrisy knows no bounds.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 12:21

50. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11312; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You mean like you do, Princess? Your ignorance knows no boundaries.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 13:55

55. meanestgenius (Posts: 9706; Member since: 28 May 2014)


No, I mean like you do, you hypocritical hermaphrodite.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 23:01

58. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11312; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Don't bring your mother into this.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 01:52

63. meanestgenius (Posts: 9706; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Oh, you can bring yours into it, if you want. She's on my sack, as well.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 18:03

67. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11312; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Dude I am tired of hearing about your stinking sack. Just stfu about it already.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 18:19

70. meanestgenius (Posts: 9706; Member since: 28 May 2014)


IDGAF what you're tired of hearing. Stay off my sack if you don't want to hear about it.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 11:46

74. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11312; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You're done here. Any further bs comments about your stinking sack will be responded as "you're done now see this comment here."

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 14:05

77. meanestgenius (Posts: 9706; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Still mimicking me, further proving you're on my sack. Pathetic.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 04:27

48. My1cent (Posts: 342; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Why copy bruh?

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 20:28 1

38. jellmoo (Posts: 1498; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Whether Android or iOS, it's not love nor is it life. It's a tool. Use it. Enjoy it. Don't pretend it's anything more than that.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 04:25

47. My1cent (Posts: 342; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Feels more like being used
- wake up now or I'll scream louder
- charge now or I'll died (battery)
LoL

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 12:00 1

2. JOHNNY8573 (Posts: 43; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


anybody want to buy my z30...cheap

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 14:48

20. Johnnokia (Posts: 1061; Member since: 27 May 2012)


how much?
status?

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 12:17 2

3. Martineverest (Posts: 232; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)


Windows 10 is the future..it might be near zero in mobile sector,but consider AR,VR,GAMING,CLOUD,AI,AUTOMOBILE,PC,HYBRID PC,WHITEBOARDS,COFFEE TABLE...AND FULL PC PHONE A LA SURFACE PHONE

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 12:36 2

7. Finalflash (Posts: 2772; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Windows is likely dead future wise. With all the app focus on mobile, more and more powerful productivity software will be made for iOS and Android. First it will be more basic and weak and then it will start scaling as hardware gets better. Sadly, that same software will not get weaker to accommodate windows phone. Since Android works on both Intel and arm hardware it will likely become the main enterprise solution. Apple will try to use their own arm chips in their high end soon and if they can compete with Intel they might be used in enterprise but MS still and will always now have an uphill battle.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 13:03 1

10. noler (Posts: 322; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Enterprise with Android or iOS. ROFAL.. you make my day.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 13:09 5

12. Finalflash (Posts: 2772; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


^ said every idiot about every entrenched monopolist in history ever.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 13:16 2

13. noler (Posts: 322; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Agree. Android's monopoly in the phone business should be treated fast.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 00:54

49. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Kinda hard to claim Android has a monopoly when the iPhone sells as well as it does.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 12:19 2

4. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 978; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


R.I.P BB10.

Great decision by BB. Now they must work on making their Android experience a lot more unique to differentiate, the Priv with its keyboard was a great step, but they must take it further, bring all Hub features from BB10 and create the most secure finger print scanner.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 14:50

21. Johnnokia (Posts: 1061; Member since: 27 May 2012)


The selling numbers in the next financial statement will only tell if the Priv was a great step or not.

I'm not happy with that probable decision at all.
We wont have much choices besides Android and iOS. Only WP, which is so much struggling right now

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 12:25 2

5. artificialintelligence (Posts: 151; Member since: 05 Dec 2015)


Blackberrys senior director finally came to his sense BB10 is dead if you want people to throw money you gotta jump on the Android express train to Money land

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 12:36

6. bassembm (Posts: 75; Member since: 27 Dec 2015)


100% True

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 12:54 7

8. PHYCLOPSH (Posts: 155; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


I hope Apple soon comes to the same realization.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 13:07 10

11. noler (Posts: 322; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Yes, after "Apple has reported the biggest quarterly profit ever made by a public company" ($18bn) Apple will move to Android. ROFAL.. again.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 12:56 2

9. jellmoo (Posts: 1498; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


It's such a shame too since BB10 really is an amazing mobile OS. Hopefully they'll be able to continue to transfer over all of the really cool ideas they built into BB10 onto their Android devices.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 16:38 2

24. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3779; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Personally I think they should keep both. Use Android BB sales to fund their efforts to refine and improve BB10 and beyond, the same way I think Nokia should've used Android or Windows Phone (or both) to fund their efforts on Meego and Symbian, rather than abandoning them and going all in on Windows Phone.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 17:26 1

27. meanestgenius (Posts: 9706; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Agreed. Hopefully, that's what will happen. Chen has actually mentioned that he hopes to release new BB10 hardware eventually on the strength of the sales of their Android offerings. BlackBerry's next ER will give us the best indication of how well the Priv is selling. Hopefully, it's well enough to do just what you're suggesting. BB10 is too good of an OS to let go down the toilet. I just have my doubts about BlackBerry supporting it long term if they are able to make Android as secure as BB10, or secure enough to replace it in the areas only devices with the strictest security measures are allowed to function.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 20:30 1

39. jellmoo (Posts: 1498; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I agree. My hope was that they would create Android devices to target the consumer market (so available through traditional carrier channels) and keep BB10 devices available directly sold to enterprise clients (a direct sale initiative).

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 13:19 5

14. meanestgenius (Posts: 9706; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Unfortunately, this is most likely true. As jelimoo has said, it's a real shame. BB10 is an incredible OS, and I know that it could have been made to be even more so. However, I do understand that it would not be financially feasible to maintain BB10 long term if BlackBerry is able to get Android as secure as BB10 with all of the certs necessary to function in the strictest of government agencies as well as regulated industries where only the most secure devices reside. Once BlackBerry gets Android as secure as BB10, and gets in the places where it currently isn't allowed to go, I believe BlackBerry will slowly phase out BB10. It's sad, but at least BlackBerry will remain in the handset business, provided that their Android offerings meet or exceed their goals. I also hope that BlackBerry does indeed bring over more and more BB10 features to their Android offerings.

While I do prefer BB10, I'd much rather see BlackBerry remain in the handset business. If this is the way to do it, then so be it.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 13:35 3

15. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1592; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Cue the iDiots.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 17:14 1

25. meanestgenius (Posts: 9706; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Indeed.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 20:25

37. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11312; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


That's such a juvenile term but ok.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 22:09 1

41. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1836; Member since: 29 May 2014)


And here's the king iDiot! Right on cue!

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 23:32

44. meanestgenius (Posts: 9706; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Lol, got 'em!

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 12:25

52. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11312; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Jock rider.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 13:58

56. meanestgenius (Posts: 9706; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Considering that you're the one on my sack, I'd say that you're the jock rider here. Also, by your logic, you're definitely the jock rider here since you've done the exact same thing to me that you're accusing me of being a jock rider for.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 23:02

59. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11312; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You're parroting what I say and you're being a creep with sick fantasies. Sorry Princess, but I don't swing that way. Whatever you and Chen the Hen have going on, keep it to yourself.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 01:54

64. meanestgenius (Posts: 9706; Member since: 28 May 2014)


You're ALWAYS parroting what someone says, so you saying someone is parroting you is invalid. And yeah, you're so on my sack. I guess you want to emulate the CEO of your favorite company in that retrospect.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 18:04

68. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11312; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


*yawn* Your comments are becoming mundane and rudimentary. Can't you come up with something else besides your sack and parroting?

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 18:20

71. meanestgenius (Posts: 9706; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Says the idiot who always uses the words "salty" and "twit", and who constantly mimics others.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 11:47

75. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11312; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Well you are salty since you're still butthurt about what I said and you're a twit.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 14:14

78. meanestgenius (Posts: 9706; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Well, you're STILL on my sack, hungry as ever for it. Must taste great, that's why you won't get off it and keep parroting me to show how much you're on it.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 12:26

53. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11312; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Your mom is here?

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 00:39

62. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1836; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Nope! But yours is here with me. She wants to know why you're such a copy cat and have no life outside of trolling PA. She's mortified. Says she's embarrassed that you're her child. Poor woman.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 23:32

43. meanestgenius (Posts: 9706; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Speak of iDiots, and you appear.

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