BlackBerry senior director says "the future is really Android"

BlackBerry senior director says "the future is really Android"


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."


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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46. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Because BlackBerry ain't no Apple (no iOS inside BB)

45. OdysseasP

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 08, 2014

It is really sad when you see operating systems such as Linux Mobile, MeeGo and BB10 disappear. Not only because of their uniqueness and the advantages they offer as alternative suggestions to the mainstream offerings but also because they help boost innovation in the mobile OS world, transforming the mainstream offerings into something that could never become if they weren't under the pressure of competition. Both Android and iOS, are characteristic examples of the above with Android mainly becoming more secure (encrypted OS at the core level) with each new generation while iOS mainly adding more customisation. The more options consumers have, the better it is for them. It will be a really sad day when the mobile OS market becomes another duopoly or even worse a monopoly. If that happens, quality & innovation will both be a thing of the past.

34. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

lol... they should choose android for storm2

31. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I know I sound like a broken record but many of us saw this coming a mile away if it turns out they go Android only. Oh well. It happens. It really is amazing how far Android has come. Android is really looking like a juggernaut. I just hope Google never rests on its laurels and keep improving and competing.

30. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Hope they can make a top notch handset and become one of the most valuable Android OEMs. The Priv didn't start off with much good reviews, nor with a reasonable price tag, just wasn't what I expected from the local Canadian brand. Here's hoping the Priv 2 or 3 changes all of the above.

19. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

i knew it would come to this..BB HAD to do this or they would be dead i just hope they really start hitting hard in the market and be top dog soooo sick of seeing Apple/Samsung ALLLL over the internet...BB will be my next phone for sure!!

23. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Why not the priv? It's buggy, laggy, and slows down over time, but it's perfect for you!

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 23182; Member since: May 28, 2014

I have a Priv, and I've yet to experience lag, buggy software, or any slow downs, especially after BlackBerry released the first software update for it. Add in the fact that BlackBerry has updated all of their BlackBerry apps on Android (camera, keyboard, calendar, even BlackBerry notes...all about 3 times each already), plus the two security updates the Priv has had, and it's been a pleasurable experience on a device that keeps on receiving software improvements.

33. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

ill prob end with with the Priv after the price comes down....yes the phone WAS buggy BUT BB sent a update that fix all these issues and they prob send out more updates as time goes on just like any other OEM (depending what phone it is).....ive always love the BB hardware, software was meh but now they are doing Android it'll bring more people like me to the company...perfect mix BB hardware with Android OS, cant ask for much more! and yes they should keep BB OS for business that are used to the BB OS, if the fav Android 100% i can see thats going be a issue but who knows? time will tell, time knows all

17. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Blackberry would had never said such a thing had they managed to produce better results with their own OS. They reliazed that their only way to survive going forward is to go switch with android and so they did! Good move.

32. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Sadly BB and MS both: Under estimated the iPhone. When the iPhone launched execs for both companies basically laughed at the iPhone. Waited too late to answer the iPhone.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 23182; Member since: May 28, 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.

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3208; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Cue the iDiots.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 23182; Member since: May 28, 2014

Indeed.

37. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's such a juvenile term but ok.

41. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2127; Member since: May 29, 2014

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

44. meanestgenius

Posts: 23182; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, got 'em!

52. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Jock rider.

56. meanestgenius

Posts: 23182; Member since: May 28, 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.

59. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

64. meanestgenius

Posts: 23182; Member since: May 28, 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.

68. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

71. meanestgenius

Posts: 23182; Member since: May 28, 2014

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

75. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

78. meanestgenius

Posts: 23182; Member since: May 28, 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.

53. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Your mom is here?

62. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2127; Member since: May 29, 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.

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 23182; Member since: May 28, 2014

Speak of iDiots, and you appear.

54. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Grow up meanest.

57. meanestgenius

Posts: 23182; Member since: May 28, 2014

I find it both ironic and hilarious that an immature brat such as yourself is telling someone else to "grow up".

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