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...
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12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

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

13. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

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

49. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

4. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1143; Member since: Apr 12, 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.

21. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 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

5. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 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

6. bassembm

Posts: 143; Member since: Dec 27, 2015

100% True

8. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 640; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I hope Apple soon comes to the same realization.

11. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

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

9. jellmoo

Posts: 2532; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

24. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 21467; Member since: May 28, 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.

39. jellmoo

Posts: 2532; Member since: Oct 31, 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).

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21467; 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: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Cue the iDiots.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 21467; Member since: May 28, 2014

Indeed.

37. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's such a juvenile term but ok.

41. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

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

44. meanestgenius

Posts: 21467; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, got 'em!

52. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Jock rider.

56. meanestgenius

Posts: 21467; 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: 21467; 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: 21467; 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: 21467; 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: 2124; 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: 21467; Member since: May 28, 2014

Speak of iDiots, and you appear.
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