RIM says that video will unlikely become the next "killer app"

RIM says that video will unlikely become the next

As more consumers take the plunge in ditching the usual cell phone in favor of smartphones, there is this underlying fear among network providers about how they are able to sustain the growing insatiable appetite for data connectivity. Thankfully 3G has become widely available to a good portion of the total global subscribers, but we're already at a point where it may prove too much for network providers to keep up. With 4G networks up and running already, there is now a focus on video connectivity that is expected to supplant itself as premier choice of communication for consumers.

One of the big time players in the smartphone world, RIM, has some doubts about how video will become the “killer app” that will catapult smartphones to the next level. They believe that it will choke the airwaves and that it will require additional development to efficiently deliver the service properly so that it doesn't strain the network providers. Not only does video calling look to be a contributing issue, but streaming high-definition videos to smartphones will also be a catalyst in triggering choppy service and dropped calls.

During a conference hosted by a unit of Toronto Dominion Bank, RIM's co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said, “I still don't know and I don't think anyone knows if video is a killer app for smartphones. I don't particularly think it is.” When talk came around to how video will affect network performance, Lazaridis said, “If you think that today's 3G as a browsing experience is a challenge to these data networks, imagine what a video streaming or download experience is going to be as these screens start to look like HD televisions in terms of resolutions.”

source: Reuters



1. tiolawa

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

This is the second time I have heard the CEO of RIM say something stupid. this may explain why RIM and Blackberry have fallen behind the curve and why more people are switching to Android and Apple.

2. Gawain

Posts: 433; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

I'm going to have to agree with you as to what Lazaridis is saying. If 4G lives up to the expectations that seem to be getting set, then video will very much be a "killer app". Hell, I browse YouTube on my Storm all the time. A friend of mine with an HTC Imagio loves the digital TV function (though that's different signaling). This guy can't see except what's right in front of his face apparently. As a RIMM shareholder, I'm going to write him and demand that he start thinking before he speaks...this is ridiculous.

3. vzwtechbill

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

As a Rim shareholder, I recommend you sell and buy Google! lolz

7. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Remember this is the same man who said all-touch phones were a "fad" and it wouldn't catch on, then me makes the storm to satisfy the demand of RIM users leaving for iPhones, Touch Diamonds, etc, so he caves in to make the storm series (which has been very successful)... "Hi Kettle, let me introduce myself. M'names Pot, nice to meet you!"

4. thatdude1 unregistered

I agree with tiolawa and gawain. This guy is an idiot twice over.

5. fsjon

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 03, 2009

Europe has video calls for the longest of time...and I've never heard of data congestion over there. mind answering me that mr. Lazaridis??

6. Jojofromdabay

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 06, 2010

Years ahead is the key statement you just made. I am waiting for all this stuff to start to come out because the U.S.A is hella late I should be able to host a 3 way video convo on my cell phone by now and we should be on 5G technology not 4G. Every carrier should have decent calling not as many drops as they have not including metro because they just dont have the power yet ..

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