Judging by the PRIV, do you think BlackBerry should adopt Android exclusively?


Any phone heads out there, had they read author Clayton Christensen' excellent The Innovator's Dilemma, would have had nothing else on their mind but BlackBerry when making sense of the book. In fact, BlackBerry's extraordinary story of meteoric rise and subsequent fall in fortunes is so well-documented and studied, that Universities the world over use it as a case study when teaching subjects such as Innovations and Entrepreneurship.

In short — and this does it no justice — the aforementioned book details how otherwise great companies, in their effort (or fear?) to not diverge from their core offering that brought them their popularity in the first place, fail to recognize and adopt new technologies that consumers end up embracing. In the case of the BlackBerry of a few years ago, that was undeniably their refusal to embrace touchscreens. And lately? Some would argue that a complete transition to Android has been long overdue.

Well, it's finally happened, though it's too early to tell if BlackBerry is serious about its Android adventure or not. In any case, the BlackBerry PRIV — an Android slider — is now available for purchase, and in our time with it, we found it to be a pretty decent choice, though less competitive than devices from traditional Android makers. If you dig sliders, though, but want Google's mobile OS, there's really nothing else of note out there for you.

So, then, judging by the PRIV, do you think BlackBerry should drop everything else and adopt Android exclusively?

Judging by the PRIV, do you think BlackBerry should adopt Android exclusively?

Absolutely!
54.88%
They should continue investing in Android, but also keep making BlackBerry OS devices
40.69%
Absolutely not
4.43%

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49 Comments

1. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

absolutely positively YES! actually they took Android to a whole nother level with customization for notifications, privacy, etc... they did a great job IMO

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Agreed, these OEMs need to focus on what they make and use their best resources on one goal. To divide their attention, on 2 OSs would just lead to mediocrity in both, just look at Samsung for that example.

8. iushnt

Posts: 3107; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Samsung is doing a great job. What do you mean?

11. Plutonium239

Posts: 1218; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Probably referring to the lag or "Stutter" as samsung fanbois call it.

13. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

My s6 edge plus has zero lag so I'm not sure what is being talked about

14. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Same here!! Phone runs very smooth

29. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Yeppp

15. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Apparently, some people still live in 2012. Ignore such butthurt comments.

18. jellmoo

Posts: 2599; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I haven't spent enough time with the S6 or Note 5 to say anything for sure, but my Note 4 was by far the laggiest device I've ever owned. So the Samsung lag was definitely alive and well as late as 2014.

21. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

My note 4 wasn't laggy while I owned it until the lollypop update. My s6 edge plus is as smooth as any phone I've owned

24. jellmoo

Posts: 2599; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Lollipop made it worse, but mine was definitely laggy with Kit Kat as well. Recent App button took a good 2 seconds to bring anything up, and I had a ton of dropped frames in just about every menu.

28. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Well, one thing is for sure the Note 5 is MUCH faster than the Note 4. Previous Note 4 owner here btw.

30. Cicero

Posts: 1134; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

If instead of Samsung logo was Apple one you will have this answer: you are using wrong the Note 4. On today software you can have some lag situation on S3 but beyond this I don't think so. Try some tweaks because something happened with your device/usage.

31. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I have seen the Note 5 and even with that horrible touchwiz, it runs amazingly fast. Very smooth.

52. Plutonium239

Posts: 1218; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

My roommate endlessly complains about the lag on his s6, and its third one. His previous two had hardware defects, first one antenna issues, the second one had a defective gps. Both of his previous ones as well as his current one get very hot as well. It overheats very quite often.

25. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

my S6 edge lags like once a day maybe? or less... but i agree Samsung phones from 2013 and below, were quite laggy.

45. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

your life lag.... my note 4 not lag....

2. Bennnie

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

If you can't fight them, join them

10. Cela911

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

If only the Lumia Range can join as well

17. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Oh Please! That would be microsoft biggest mistake ever! I glad nokia never went Android and they should not! The reason is because Android startup OEM or china oem would always make cheaper equal or better devices, there by killing competition! These would make big companies almost impossible to sell premium expensive devices. Using Android makes you equal to ever Android OEM out there. DID you read the reviews? Esp gizmodo! They were all complaining of price! If the priv ran BB10, it would had not been so! gizmodo.com/blackberry-priv-review-nope-not-for-me​-not-even-for-m-1740822511 Blackberry needs to keep building BB10 os as long as they can, they should make their phones to come with both os (as HTC did with m8 Android & WP). At the same still make BB10 exclusive phones! But no Android exclusive Phone!

22. Cela911

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

I don't cares about gizmodo's reviews. and secondly yes I did read the article did you attend school ? who talks like this ? "I GLAD nokia never went Android and they should not" Did it work for HTC ? uhhmmm no I guess not as they are still going down

33. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Not only gizmodo complained about price! All did even PA!!!!! "I" and not "I'm" was just a typographical error! PA does not allowing editing or deleting of posts. I saw it but could not correct it, nor delete and repost. It did not work for HTC cos wp does not have much fan base, and it fans would rather buy a lumia..... In the case of Blackberry, this is different, no other OEM makes phones that run BB10os, and BB os had loyal fans that used BB10 and where not pushed to android despite everything. Now they want to push Android to them? It does not work like that.

34. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Not only gizmodo complained about price! All did even PA!!!!! "I" and not "I'm" was just a typographical error! PA does not allowing editing or deleting of posts. I saw it but could not correct it, nor delete and repost. It did not work for HTC cos wp does not have much fan base, and it fans would rather buy a lumia..... In the case of Blackberry, this is different, no other OEM makes phones that run BB10os, and BB os had loyal fans that used BB10 and where not pushed to android despite everything. Now they want to push Android to them? It does not work like that.

23. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

There are some nokia devices that run android, they even released a tablet recently with android on it too.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's laughable that you would choose Gizmodo's review, considering how much they don't like BlackBerry handsets.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

If they have done this 3 years early, many companies would migrate their existing solution to this new platform instead of just phasing it out.

5. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

i like what they done to android i really wish there is a some kind of rom that bring all of these features to another smartphones

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

I think they should do both. Android should definitely be their consumer play, and BB10 should be for enterprises and governments that demand the absolute best in secure mobile devices, as well as for the "niche" market of BlackBerry users that use, and wish to continue using, BB10 as their platform of choice. It is these users, after all, that continue to stick by BlackBerry.

16. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Forget that book. Just a week ago here was an article that based on the same book one analyst claims Samsung will be out of the smartphone business in 5 years because they are Android innovators.

19. jellmoo

Posts: 2599; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I'd love to see them do both. BB10, as an OS, is brilliant. The one area they lack is apps, and unfortunately nothing they've attempted has helped. I'd like to see them continue to partner with Google, and hopefully be able to implement full Play Services on BB10 devices.

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